Bloodsucker comeback stalled by Council attack plan
THE bloodsuckers are preparing for a comeback.
Biting midges and mosquitoes have started to make their presence felt across the Sunshine Coast as the weather warms up.
But the Sunshine Coast Council is gearing up for another counter-attack at Currimundi Lake.
The council is hoping to close the popular swimming hole again this week in an effort to tackle the excessive larval expected to "explode in the coming months".
The entrance to the lake was closed by council on August 20 to keep the lake full and drown the larvae as it was the optimum time between breeding and hatching.
However, Mother Nature had other plans and the development of an east coast low and heavier-than-predicted rainfall meant the council had to reopen the lake's entrance.
With the sun out again, it is hoped the plan to combat the midges can come into full force again.
Divisional councillor Peter Cox said the council had a small window of opportunity to close the lake and combat the midges during the larvae stage.
"The predicted fine weather gives us another chance to prevent the spring hatch of adult larvae and reduce their populations in the coming months, so machinery will be on site again this week to stockpile sand," Cr Cox said.
"We are hoping to close the lake also this week, however, the final timings will depend on how long it takes to accumulate enough sand."
A total of $1.148 million has been budgeted for mosquito, biting midge and rodent control in 2014-15, which is in line with last year's budget.
"Mosquito monitoring is under way across the region and the salt marsh mosquito treatment program is likely to start within the next month or so, depending on tides and climatic conditions," a council spokeswoman said.
If all goes to plan at Currimundi, the water at the lake will be kept at its high tide level for six weeks to interrupt the midge larval hatching cycle, drown the larvae and "reduce midge numbers by about 95%".