Mosquitoes can be a nuisance to the community, their bites can be irritating and painful, particularly to infants and sensitive individuals, and some species pose a health risk as they are able to transmit infections such as Ross River Virus and Barmah Forest Virus.
Mosquitos cannot breed without water, ensuring that our backyards are not harbouring potential breeding sites is important to reducing mosquito breeding in the Shire.
We all have a part to play in preventing ideal breeding sites, the following change around the home can reduce mosquito prevalence:
- Empty out or discard containers and rubbish that may hold water
- Clean out roof gutters to prevent water that may hold water
- Empty, clean and refill bird baths, stock troughs and pet water bowls at least once a week
- Keep swimming pools properly maintained and free of debris
- Empty wading pools at the end of each day
- Stock garden ponds with fish to eat mosquito larvae
- Cover rainwater and septic tank openings, wells or other large water container with mosquito-proof mesh
- Keep edges of dams and ponds clear of vegetation
- Apply personal insect repellent evenly to exposed skin
- Cover up by wearing light coloured, long sleeved and loose fitting clothing.
More information –
Fight the Bite – HealthyWA