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Mosquitos

As spring comes upon us, now is the time to prepare for Mosquito Prevention in and around the Council area.

 

Management of mosquitos can vary from season to season.  Tide, temperature and seasonal conditions determine the extent of mosquito activity and how staff manages the baiting and monitoring of mosquitos. 

 

From previous trapping and identification reports, it is known there are four (4) types of mosquitos found in the Port Broughton and Fishermans Bay area.

The two main types of mosquito present are:

  • Aedes Camptorhynchus, or the brackish water variety, can be prevalent from September through to late December, although can be active throughout the year.  These mosquitos breed in brackish to fresh ground-pools, so, pools of water laying on ground from rains.
  • Aedes Vigilax, or the saltmarsh variety, are prevalent from late December through to April.  These mosquitos breed in brackish and saline coastal waters generally located near mangroves and saline swamps.

Council staff conduct fortnightly  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 participates in the SA Health – Mosquito surveillance and arbovirus prevention subsidy program 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 mosquito’s.

 

Updates on Council’s website and Facebook page will provide information for your interest.

 

All residents can play a pro-active part in mosquito management.

 

Below are some preventative measures all residents and visitors are able to do to assist in the management of 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:

www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/FightTheBite

There are several helpful and informative links on this website to inform and assist in mosquito bite prevention.

 

Cover Up; Repel and Eliminate!

Main Office
11 Bay Street
Port Broughton SA 5522
Sub Office
Railway Terrace
Bute SA 5560
Postal Address
PO Box 3
Port Broughton SA 5522
Contact Council
Phone: 08 8635 2107
Fax:      08 8635 2596
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