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Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are a natural part of our environment. Mosquitoes are a nuisance and can spread some serious diseases collectively known as arboviruses. Some of the most commonly known arboviruses include:

  • Ross River Virus
  • Barmah Forest Virus
  • Kunjin Virus
  • Murray Valley Encephalitis

These viruses can range from fevers, chills, joint pain and swelling, fatigue, headaches and potentially death.

This is why it is so important to cover up to prevent yourself and your family from being bitten.

Remember to Fight the Bite and cover up:

  • Use a DEET or Picaridin based insect repellent
  • Wear long clothing
  • Avoid heading out during dusk (this is their most active period)
  • Make sure your flyscreen on your windows is in good condition
  • Use a mosquito net around your bed.

Where can Larvae breed?

  • In stagnant ponds of water that have no natural predators (fish) in them ie ponds, pools of water after heavy rain
  • In rainwater tanks and septic tanks.

Generally backwaters of the River Murray have a range of natural predators in them so they don’t pose a risk.

What is Council doing?

Unfortunately Council cannot completely eradicate mosquitoes but Council’s Environmental Health Officer has been working in conjunction with the University of South Australia's Mosquito Research Laboratory to identify breeding areas, treat areas of concerns and monitor mosquito and larvae numbers. To keep up to date with the latest seasonal forecast (South Australia Mosquito Intelligence report) check out their website:
http://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/Public+Content/SA+Health+Internet/Healthy+living/Protecting+your+health/Fight+the+Bite/

What can you do to help?

The control of mosquitoes in our Council are is a team effort. If everyone plays a part then you are helping reduce the breeding sites for mosquitoes.

  • Remove any stagnant ponds of water from around your house
  • Make sure your rainwater tank is enclosed
  • Check that your plumbing vents are sealed with flyscreen
  • Place fish in your ponds and dams
  • Make sure your pot plants arent holding water
  • Clean out your roof gutters - these can be perfect breeding sites

For further information go to the Department of Health “Fight the Bite” (when you click on fight the bite it goes to this link:
http://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/Public+Content/SA+Health+Internet/Healthy+living/Protecting+your+health/Fight+the+Bite/

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