Flying fox nest in Gayndah poses risk to residents

A FLYING fox roost has been formed in Oakey Creek in Gayndah.  

According to North Burnett Regional Council statement, the population of flying foxes in the area has increased rapidly in a short period of time and as a result, the animals are enroaching on a number of neighbouring properties.  

The council says residents can encourage flying foxes back to their roost. This can be done by:

  • Noise such as clapping or loud, intermittent noises such as banging saucepans;
  • Smoke such as by using green leaves;
  • Water such as sprinklers and hoses;
  • Burning oils such as Eucalyptus or Tea Tree Oil;
  • Lights such as turning on spotlights in your garden.

The animals are currently pregnant or with their young which is why gas sound guns cannot be used.  

Wearing sunglasses and hats while dispering is recommended.  

The most effective times to encourage flying foxes back to the roost is just on daylight when they are returning home.    However, dispersal activities must stop within an hour from sunrise.  

The roost site in Gayndah currently has a number of different species of flying fox.  

As a native animal in Australia they are all protected species under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and the Grey-headed Flying Fox are listed as vulnerable under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999.  

Like any other mammal, flying-foxes may carry bacteria and viruses which can be harmful to humans.  

The risk of infection in humans is low and people should avoid handling flying-foxes.  

More information can be viewed on the Queensland Health website and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry website.  

To reduce the impact related to flying foxes:  

  •  do not leave your washing out at night-bring it in before dusk,
  • garage or cover your vehicles to ensure flying fox faeces don't affect them,
  • use a pool cover to reduce the risk of contamination from flying foxes,
  • cover or bring in any outdoor furniture under shelter at night,
  • try not to disturb them during the day-disturbing them only makes them noisier and heightens the odours, 
  • cover all water sources to ensure faeces can not be consumed by domestic animals or humans.  

If you find an injured or dead flying fox, do not touch, instead contact the North Burnett Regional Council for assistance.

Should you receive a bite or scratch from a flying fox seek medical attention immediately.  

For further information or queries, please contact Council's Environmental Services Section on 1300 696 272.  

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