Mosquito swarm in Region of Peel – 97.3 Coast FM

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Mosquitoes are wreaking havoc in Peel Region, with some residents reporting they can’t even get out without being swarmed.

Mandurah town said there has been an increase in mosquito activity recently, but with more aerial spraying they hope to see a drop in the coming weeks.

“This is due to persistent tidal flooding and wet weather conditions favoring mosquito breeding, forcing us to treat even more than usual,” a spokesperson for the city of Mandurah said.

“Although these treatments are very effective, an increase in the number of mosquitoes is also inevitable.”

The City’s helicopter has treated more than 1,100 hectares of mosquito breeding grounds since early February and will perform a 20th treatment over the next few days.

“This treatment, coupled with more favorable weather conditions, will hopefully lead to reduced mozzie activity in the coming weeks.”

To avoid being bitten and possibly contracting a mosquito-borne virus, residents should do the following:

  • avoid outdoor exposure, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

  • Wear long, loose, light-colored clothing when outdoors.

  • apply a personal repellent containing diethyltoluamide (DEET) or picaridin evenly to any exposed skin (always follow label directions).

  • ensure that infants and children are adequately protected from mosquito bites, preferably with appropriate clothing, mosquito nets or other forms of mosquito nets.

  • ensure screens are installed and remain in good condition.

  • use mosquito nets or mosquito repellent tents when camping or sleeping outdoors.

To reduce the potential for mosquito breeding around the home, residents should:

  • discard all water containers where mosquitoes like to breed.

  • restock ornamental ponds with fish.

  • keep pools well chlorinated, filtered and free of dead leaves.

  • install mosquito covers on the vent pipes of septic tank and rainwater tank systems. Seal all gaps around the lid and make sure the leach drains are completely covered.

  • empty the drip trays of potted plants once a week.

  • empty, clean and refill your pet’s water bowl daily.

For more information on how to prevent mosquito bites visit http://healthywa.wa.gov.au/fightthebite

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