Recent warm weather, elevated humidity and light showers have provided ideal conditions for mosquito breeding and we are encouraging you to monitor your backyard to help control mosquitoes breeding and protect yourself from being bitten.
So far this year, Esperance Shire Environmental Health officers have found some mosquito activity. This week, our officers have identified some urban areas with private drains and tanks breeding mosquito larvae creating a resurgence of adult mosquitoes.
As part of their mosquito management plan, Shire Environmental Health officers continue to apply preventive treatments and trap mosquitoes for identification. This week, mosquitoes identified have been mainly nuisance container breeders that breed in drains and backyards in summer.
You have a vital part to play in stopping mosquitoes breeding in your backyard. This can be by:
- Emptying any standing water from containers, old tyres and drums;
- Keeping ornamental ponds stocked with mosquito-eating fish;
- 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 filling with sand.
- Check The Great Mossie Check up for more backyard tips.
Basic precautions to prevent yourself from being bitten by mosquitoes include:
- Reducing outdoor activities during high mosquito activity periods (dawn and dusk);
- Covering up by wearing light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and long pants that are loose fitting;
- Applying personal insect repellent containing DEET or Picaridin if possible;
- Ensuring fly screen doors and windows are fitted and maintained.
You can find more information at www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/