Every year, the City proactively treats its tidal flood plains and wetlands during the warmer months to prevent the emergence of mosquitoes to reduce naturally occurring populations.
The reduction of mosquito numbers not only lessens the nuisance factor as we enjoy our great outdoors, it decreases the possibility of community members being infected with such debilitating diseases as Ross River Virus and Barmah Forrest Virus.
However, the mosquito does not limit its breeding areas to wetlands and the tidal flood plains. Some mosquitoes only need an old unused flower pot or other similar container that has been left lying around, to breed in.
Prevent breeding around your home
- Remove all stagnant water sources such as pot plant bases, blocked gutters and any unused containers
- Empty pot plant drip trays once a week or fill with sand
- Ensure fishponds are stocked with fish and swimming pools are chlorinated, filtered and kept clean
- Empty and clean pet drinking water bowls once a week
- Ensure septic tanks are sealed and vent pipes have a mosquito-proof cowl
- Cover rainwater tank inlets and overflow pipes with flywire
Protect your home
- Ensure door and window flywire is maintained in good condition
- Cut back dense foliage and long grass that may harbour mosquitoes.
- Avoid being outdoors at dawn and in the early evening
- Wear light coloured, long loose fitting clothing when outdoors
- Use personal insect repellent, preferably one that contains Diethyl Toluamide (DEET) or Picardin.
Please refer to the Mosquito Management brochure for further information.
If you need more information or are concerned about a possible mosquito breeding site in your area, please contact City of Belmont Health Services on 9477 7222.