Trapping in January and February has shown a significant rise in the number of Aedes Vigilax or the “swamp-marsh” variety of mosquito.
Aedes vigilax is generally associated with brackish and saline coastal waters generally near mangroves and saline swamps. The abundance of adult Ae. vigilax is generally influenced by temperature and tidal cycles in coastal regions.
This species is considered an efficient vector of several arboviruses and is an opportunistic feeder, biting a variety of hosts including humans, other mammals and birds during the day and at dusk. The larvae are generally associated with coastal saline or brackish ground pools, particularly during warm weather.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to remain vigilant in the prevention of mosquito bite, and continue preventative measures, including the “Fight the Bite” campaign.
Below are some preventative measures all residents and visitors are able to do to assist in the management of mosquitos.
Council staff conduct regular inspections of mosquito control stations and continuously monitor and treat mosquito activity from the months of September through to the end of April each year.
District Council of Barunga West has participated in the SA Health – Mosquito surveillance and arbovirus prevention subsidy program since 2012 through the operation of a proactive larval control program. This program has assisted in the prevention of mosquitos and provided vital resources and education to staff, who do all they can to monitor and treat mosquitos.
As a part of the Mosquito Management Programme, Council takes samples of mosquito larvae to assist in the determination of the most appropriate treatment for differing sites throughout Port Broughton and Fishermans Bay.
Mosquitos are trapped, larvae samples taken to see how long the cycle takes, and to determine if current prevention methods are effective. From the collated information, Council staff, with assistance from SA Health staff, ascertain he most effective way to treat and prevent mosquitos.
We can ALL assist in mosquito prevention, but HOW?
The community can also contribute to the management of mosquitos. There are several protective measures residents and holiday makers can take.
- Cover up with clothing – wear long, loose and light coloured clothing, covering as much of the body as you can.
- If you have small children in strollers or prams, ensure mosquito-proof netting protects the child.
- When outdoors, apply insect repellent or utilise mosquito coils to assist in bite prevention
- Ensure mosquito-proof mesh is placed on doors and windows.
- Stop mosquito’s breeding in water pooling around your home, holiday house, boat, caravan or tent – Mosquito’s breed in still water, fresh or salty, they may also breed in water containers, garden ponds or even puddles.
- Ensure Rainwater tanks are enclosed to prevent mosquito breeding. Ensure the lid is well sealed and any openings covered with mosquito-proof mesh.
SA Health have information and brochures available on their website at:
There are several helpful and informative links on this website to inform and assist in mosquito bite prevention.
Cover Up; Repel and Eliminate!