It’s that time of year again when umbrellas come out and aerogard goes on.

This summer is set to be wet with the Bureau of Metrology declaring La Nina.

More rain events could potentially mean more mosquito hatchings and already this year we’re starting to see cases of mosquito-borne diseases roll in.

Last year we saw record numbers with 722 cases of  Ross River Virus (RRV) in Brisbane’s north.

In Brisbane’s south, RRV cases doubled to 466.

In response to the hike in numbers and the bumper wet season expected, Council Opposition Leader Jared Cassidy has launched a summer campaign against mosquitoes.

He’s encouraging residents to voice their concerns and sign a petition calling for the Lord Mayor to boost resources and staffing numbers for the mosquito control team.

Online mosquito petition started by Opposition Leader Jared Cassidy

“Council’s mosquito control team has some of the most hard-working officers in Council but they need more support from this Lord Mayor,” Cr Cassidy said.

“The team only consists of 17 officers and that hasn’t changed in at least 5 years,”

“They need more boots on the ground and more resources to help them do their job and cover more ground when spraying to protect Brisbane residents.”

To sign the petition click HERE.

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