Mosquitoes can pose a nuisance and serious health risk to the community by transmitting diseases such as Ross River and Barmah Forest Viruses.
The City of Bunbury undertakes a comprehensive mosquito management program which can include:
- Pre- and post-treatment larval monitoring
- Aerial (helicopter) spraying
- Ground treatments
- Community education and promotion
- Adult trapping
- Collection of data
The City also works closely with surrounding local governments to minimise mosquito-borne diseases and nuisance mosquitoes.
At certain times of the year, you may find mosquitoes around your home. Here are some ways to reduce the number of mosquitos around your property and in your home:
- Install fly screens in outdoor sitting areas
- Use a fan to create a change in air pressure
- Turn off lights and change to yellow or low fluorescence globes
- Reduce garden foliage
- Use mosquito coils, lamps or bug zappers
- Apply a residual insecticide to outside areas
- Remove standing water e.g., clean gutters and empty water holding containers
While every effort is taken to reduce mosquito numbers, it is not possible to eliminate all mosquitoes. The best way to protect yourself from mosquito borne illnesses is to avoid being bitten. This can be achieved by:
- Applying a personal repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus as an active constituent.
- Wearing loose-fitting long sleeve shirts and long pants.
- Cleaning up your yard to remove breeding areas in pooling water.
For more information visit Fight the Bite