Mosquito Season is Here

Mosquito Season is Here
29 Aug 2023

Protect yourself and your home from mosquitoes this spring and summer.

Due to the onset of warmer weather, mosquito numbers are increasing in the region.

While the Shire is working with Department of Health to reduce the mosquito problem, the Health team is reminding residents and visitors to remain vigilant against mosquito bites in South West WA.

To reduce potential mosquito breeding around the home:

  • Dispose of all containers which hold water where mosquitoes like to breed;
  • Keep grass/weeds and other vegetation short to stop mosquitoes seeking shelter and hiding around the home;
  • 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.

Helpful tips to protect yourself and your family include:

  • 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.

For more advice, visit the Fight the Bite website.