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Mosquito control

14 February 2020

Conditions are ripe for mosquito numbers to boom after high tides and recent rain.

“The high tides have provided lots of places for mosquitoes to breed and recent rain has filled the marshlands,” Cr David Lewis said.

“Field staff are already out monitoring and treating breeding sites.”

Residents can also help control mosquito numbers, especially around their homes.

“Mosquitos can fly kilometres to find food. If they are already breeding in your yard then they don’t have far to go to bite you.

“Check out your yards and get rid of possible breeding places such as drip trays under pot plants, old tyres and containers or roof gutters.”

Residents can take simple steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes including:

  • Avoid going outside when mosquitoes are most active, from late afternoon until two to three hours after dusk, and in the early morning just before and after sunrise.
  • If you go outside during these times, wear loose clothing and cover up as much exposed skin as possible.
  • Use an insect repellent that contains DEET (avoid using repellent on children younger than 12 months of age).
  • Screen all doors and windows to keep mosquitoes outside.
  • At least once a week, empty all flower vases, pot plants and other containers that hold water. Thoroughly wipe the inside of the containers to remove any mosquito eggs. To prevent the spread of the eggs, dispose of the cloth in a bin.
  • Get rid of all tins, jars, tyres and other rubbish that may hold water.
  • Empty wading pools after use and clean thoroughly with a cloth to remove mosquito eggs.
  • Keep roof guttering in good condition and regularly remove leaves to stop pools of water forming.

Council has staff in the field monitoring and treating recognised breeding grounds to stop mosquito numbers building up.

“Our Biosecurity staff regularly patrol potential breeding sites across the region and treat them to kill the mosquito larvae before they take flight,” Cr Lewis said.

“Staff also check light traps weekly to keep a tab on mosquito numbers in residential areas and treat when needed.”