Thursday, 05 January 2023

City treats mosquito breeding sites

Mosquito activity in the Swan River area has increased due to tidal conditions conducive to mosquito breeding, particularly around Ascot Island and Garvey Park.

A succession of high tides has left a lot of standing water, which has created an ideal environment for mosquitos to lay their eggs.

We are working closely with neighbouring Local Governments and the WA Department of Health to address this problem.

We treat all known breeding sites regularly with larvicides which prevent larvae from growing into adult mosquitoes. Even with continual treatment, mosquito breeding cannot be eliminated.

Here are a few tips you can follow to prevent mosquito bites:
  • Always keep an eye out for mosquitos, especially when outside at dawn and dusk
  • Wear protective clothing when outside (long, loose-fitting, and light-coloured clothes work best)
  • Apply an effective personal repellent containing Diethyltoluamide (DEET) or Picaridin evenly to all areas of exposed skin and always follow the label instructions
  • Ensure infants and children are adequately protected against mosquito bites, preferably with suitable clothing
  • Ensure insect screens are in good working order 
  • Remove water holding containers from around the home and garden to ensure mosquitoes do not breed in your own backyard
  • Use mosquito coils or mosquito lanterns and apply barrier sprays containing bifenthrin in patio and outdoor areas around houses
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