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Mosquitoes in the South West

Mosquitoes are a fact of life in the south west, with many large  breeding sites located close to to the places we live, work and play. Mosquitoes can at times impact significantly on the health and lifestyle of residents and visitors to the region. Ross River and Barmah Forest virus cases are reported regularly in the Leschenault and Geographe regions and can have serious effects on the health of those who contract them.

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Why do mozzies love it here?

Geographe Bay extends from Myalup through to Cape Naturaliste, taking in the local government areas of Harvey, Dardanup, Bunbury, Capel and Busselton.  This coastal strip supports unique ecosystem of coastal tidal areas and wetlands, hosting an array of habitats that are home to a diverse number and species of plants and animals which are a highlight of the region. However it is important to recognize that this environment also provides mosquitoes with ideal breeding conditions and habitat.

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What are we doing about it?

Due to the threat of mosquito borne diseases and the lifestyle impacts high numbers of mosquitoes can create, the your local government agencies are working together in an ongoing program to reduce mosquito populations for residents and visitors.  Some of our activities include

  • Pre Treatment surveillance
  • Aerial Spraying
  • Fogging
  • Ground Treatments
  • Education
  • Post Treatment surveillance

 

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We’ll never be 100% free of mosquito… but you can help

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What can you do?

Whilst your local government agencies are working hard to achieve reduced mosquito populations, there are important steps we need you to take including…

  • Remove breeding areas in your yard
  • Stock your ponds with larvae eating fish
  • Stay indoors during the times mosquitoes are most active (Dusk & Dawn)
  • Insect proof your house
  • Wear an appropriate insect repellent

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Protecting yourself

Even with our best combined efforts mosquitoes will always be a fact of life when living in the South West.  The last line of defence we have is our personal protection.  As such, when you are out and about in mosquito prone areas make sure that you…

  • Wear loose fitting clothes that cover as much of your skin as possible
  • Apply a mosquito repellent, preferably with DEET or Picardin 

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