With peak mosquito season fast approaching, the City of Mandurah together with the Peel Mosquito Management Group (PMMG) recently completed one of the largest aerial treatments ever undertaken in the region.
The treatment took place between September 28 and October 1, covered 573 hectares and required of two helicopters.
Mosquito surveillance and aerial treatment activities continued throughout the winter months with recent high tides leading to the extensive treatment being required.
Environmental conditions, particularly lower tides, during quieter seasons play a key role in managing mosquito activity and will play their part in the seasons ahead.
The environment also influences the prevalence of mosquito borne diseases, such as Ross River and Barmah Forest Viruses each and every year, and it is not always linked to mosquito numbers.
City of Mandurah chief Mark Newman urged the community to remain vigilant about personal mosquito protection.
“This is one of the biggest treatments ever undertaken by the group and is part of ongoing efforts to minimise the impact of mosquitoes in our region,” he said.
“It is difficult to predict future levels of mosquito activity as the environmental conditions that determine breeding can vary so much. We will keep doing our best to minimise adult mosquito numbers.”
“During warmer months people tend to spend more time outdoors, so it’s important that we remember to protect ourselves and our families and not to rely on mosquito reduction efforts alone.”
In order to reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes, the City advised residents to:
- Use personal insect repellent containing DEET or Picaridin.
- Cover up by wearing long, loose fitting clothing, avoid wearing dark colours.
- Ensure infants and children are adequately protected against mosquito bites, preferably with suitable clothing, bed nets or other forms of insect screening.
- Avoid outdoor exposure particularly during peak mosquito activity times, at dawn and dusk.
- Ensure screen doors and windows are secured properly.
- Empty or cover any standing water around the home or holiday accommodation to reduce mosquito breeding;
- Use pesticide barrier sprays around the home garden that provide ongoing relief from mosquitoes;
- Use mosquito nets or mosquito-proof tents when camping or sleeping outdoors.
For more information about the City’s mosquito monitoring initiatives go to mandurah.wa.gov.au.