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  • Community encouraged to take action to prevent mosquito breeding

    With the recent heavy rains, there is an expected rise in mosquito numbers in the Onslow, Pannawonica, Paraburdoo and Tom Price areas. The Shire’s Environmental Health team have been taking steps to minimise mosquito numbers, including completing detailed inspections of all standing water sites and applying larvicide to prevent mosquito larvae from emerging into adults.

    This week they will be undertaking comprehensive mosquito trapping activities, allowing the team to find areas where mosquito numbers have increased so they can complete further pest control activities to those areas.

    If mosquito numbers are seen to have increased, the Environmental Health team will commence fogging operations.

    You can follow a few simple tips to support the Shires mosquito minimisation activities.

    • Emptying any unwanted and standing water from containers especially old tyres and drums
    • Keeping ornamental ponds stocked with mosquito-eating fish e.g. goldfish
    • Keeping swimming pools well chlorinated and filtered, as well as free from leaves
    • Filling or draining depressions in the ground that hold water
    • Screening rainwater tanks with insect proof mesh
    • Ensuring guttering does not hold water
    • Emptying pot plant drip trays once a week or fill with sand
    • Reporting other areas of breeding (outside your property) to the environmental health services for treatment

    Mosquitoes can transmit various diseases such as Ross River Virus, Barmah Forrest Virus, Kunjin Virus and Murray Valley Encephalitis. Eliminating potential breeding sites for mosquitoes is essential in preventing the spread of these diseases.

    In times of high mosquito activity the community are advised to protect themselves by:

    • Minimising outdoor exposure especially at dawn and dusk unless adequately protected
    • Wearing loose clothing covering arms and legs when outdoors
    • Avoid camping and outdoor activities adjacent to known mosquito areas such as mangroves and low lying areas
    • Using a personal repellent containing diethyl toluamide (DEET) or picaridin
    • Ensuring insect screens are installed to any openings of your house and are in good condition

    More information is available by calling the Shire of Ashburton’s Environmental Health team on 9188 4444 or email:  health@ashburton.wa.gov.au

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