Impact of biting midges on residential property values in Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia.

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Title Impact of biting midges on residential property values in Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia.
Author Ratnayake, Jay; Dale, Patricia Ellen; Sipe, Neil Gavin; Daniels, Peter
Journal Name Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association
Year Published 2006
Place of publication Lawrence KS 66044
Publisher American Mosquito Control Association
Abstract Biting midges (Culicoides spp.) are an important environmental health issue in Hervey Bay, an area of rapid population growth in Australia. It is also the gateway to a World Heritage area (Great Sandy Strait) and a destination for tourists. The spread of housing developments into suburbs close to midge breeding habitats has led to a problem for the local government responsible for managing biting insects in its area. Suburbs with a severe biting midge problem were found to have significantly lower residential property values than less affected suburbs. The gross reduction in value in due to the midge problem was estimated to range from more than AUS$25 million, based on actual sale price, to more than AUS$55 million, based on the perceptions of the most severely affected residents.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2006 American Mosquito Control Association. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 22
Issue Number 1
Page from 131
Page to 134
ISSN 8756-971X
Date Accessioned 2007-02-22
Language en_AU
Research Centre Menzies Health Institute Qld; Environmental Futures Research Institute; Urban Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Environmental Sciences
Subject PRE2009-Health Economics
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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