Mosquito Control Update

Mosquito Control Update
News
19 Mar 2021

The Shire’s Health Team is reminding residents to remain vigilant about mosquitoes.

The number of aerial treatments completed by the Shire's Health Team this year is higher than previous years and aerial treatments are continuing on a regular basis.

However, the risk of mosquito bites remains high and so residents are advised to:

 

  • Avoid outdoor exposure particularly around dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active
  • Wear long, loose-fitting and light-coloured clothing when outdoors
  • Apply a personal repellent containing diethyltoluamide (DEET) or picaridin evenly to any exposed skin (always follow the label instructions)
  • Ensure infants and children are adequately protected against mosquito bites, preferably with suitable clothing, bed nets or other forms of insect screening
  • Ensure insect screens are installed and remain in good condition
  • Use mosquito nets or mosquito-proof tents when camping or sleeping outdoors.

To reduce potential mosquito breeding around the home, residents should:

  • Dispose of all containers which hold water where mosquitoes like to breed;
  • Stock ornamental ponds with fish;
  • Keep swimming pools well chlorinated, filtered and free of dead leaves;
  • Fit mosquito proof covers to vent pipes on septic and rain water tank systems. Seal all gaps around the lid and ensure leach drains are completely covered;
  • Empty pot plant drip trays once a week;
  • Empty, clean and replenish your pet’s water bowl every day.