Shire warns of mosquito danger

With the weather warming up after a wet winter, now is the time to take steps to ensure that mosquitoes are not breeding in your back yard.

Shire of Mundaring Senior Environmental Health Officer, Martin Shurlock, warns residents that mosquitoes can breed in very small volumes of standing water and in summer can go through a complete life cycle from egg to adult in as little as 5-7 days.

Most active at dawn and dusk mosquitoes are capable of flying distances of up to 3km in search of a blood meal.

Alarmingly many species of mosquito can carry the debilitating Ross River Virus (RRV) and with kangaroos known to be carriers of RRV there is a heightened risk of disease in the Shire.

But it's not all doom and gloom! The most effective and cheapest way to control mosquitoes is to prevent them from breeding in the first place.

Check your property for any sources of standing water. Common places to look are disused car tyres, plant pots, septic systems (either not properly sealed or the vent going above roof line is missing its mosquito-proof cowl or corroded), water tanks, neglected ponds or swimming pools, drains, dog water bowls or any other items out in the open that can catch water.

To minimise the risk of bites residents are advised to wear long loose clothing and use a suitable mosquito repellent when outside.

More information is available on the Department of Health's website

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