Mosquito Control after the Floods and Storms - Factsheet

Mosquitoes are a nuisance that can never be entirely eradicated. At best their numbers can be controlled through careful maintenance.

Mosquitoes can attack day or night. Not only are they a nuisance but some can spread serious disease when they bite, such as Ross River virus.

Mosquitoes mainly breed (and bite) during the summer months when many people are holidaying and relaxing outside. They are a natural part of the environment and ecosystem and practicing simple personal and household protection measures allows us to live with mosquitoes and reduce the risk of disease and nuisance.

The most important thing you can do to reduce mosquito numbers around your home is to check for potential breeding sites on your property, as mosquitoes can breed in standing water - fresh, salty or stagnant.

Check List:

  • Cover rainwater and septic tank openings with wire mesh no coarser than 1mm
  • Stock fish ponds and dams with small native fish to eat any "wrigglers"
  • Keep swimming pools disinfected and empty wading pools at the end of the day
  • Clean up and dispose of rubbish such as tyres, bottles and jars
  • Keep roof gutters in good repair and remove any leaves or debris that may form pools of water
  • Overturn boats or canoes or remove drain plug so they do not hold water after rain
  • Fill or drain depressions in the ground and maintain drains so that water can flow away
  • Empty stock troughs, bird baths and pets drinking water at least once a week
  • Empty pot plant drip trays once a week or fill with sand

Protect yourself and your family

  • Cover up
  • Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing covering as much of the body as possible
  • Use an insect repellent containing DEET (diethyl toluamide) or picaridin on uncovered skin (caution: always read and follow the instructions on the label) - avoid using on babies and toddlers!
  • Make sure all windows and openings of houses, boats, caravans and tents are fitted with fine (1mm) insect screens
  • Cover sleep and rest areas with mosquito nets
  • Try not to go outside when there are lots of mosquitoes around - some mosquitoes will bite during the day, but many are at their peek two to three hours around sunrise and sunset

Further useful information on protecting yourself from mosquitoes can be found on the Department of Health Fight the Bite web page or by contacting Councils Environmental Health Officer on Tel:(08) 8527 0200.

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