Ahead of the warmer weather, Horsham Rural City Council is monitoring mosquito numbers, locations and potential public health threats.
Environmental Health Co-ordinator Luke Mitton said monitoring started in November and ran through to April each year.
“We are treating with a larvacide in wetlands around town and known breeding sites which will prevent the mosquitoes from becoming adults and reduce the number of adult mosquitoes that could potentially be out biting humans,” he said.
“The combination of wet and warm weather means the next few months could be a particularly bad, so it’s best to take precautions to avoid the potential of contracting blood-borne diseases such as Ross River virus.”
Council’s mosquito management activities can only have limited impact on overall mosquito numbers, so residents and visitors are urged to take action to help prevent mosquitoes from breeding on their properties and taking steps for their own personal protection.
“It is a good time of year to check that your home’s flyscreens are in good condition and ensure no stagnant water is left on your property,” Mr Mitton said.
“When outdoors, especially at dusk and dawn, wear loose fitting clothing and use mosquito repellents containing DEET or picaridin on exposed skin.”
The Beat the Bite campaign also has useful information to protect yourself and your family from mosquito-borne disease:
- Wear loose-fitting clothing when outdoors.
- Use mosquito repellents containing DEET or picaridin on exposed skin.
- Try to limit outdoor activity if lots of mosquitoes are about (usually dusk and dawn).
- Make sure there is no stagnant water where mosquitoes can breed around your home.
- On holidays make sure your accommodation is properly fitted with mosquito netting or screens.
Don’t forget the children – it’s safer to spray or rub insect repellents on their clothes rather than directly onto their skin.