Fight the Bite: Limit mosquitoes from breeding in your yard and garden

Posted on: Tuesday, 7 November 2017 at 12:50:47 PM

The Shire is working to manage mosquitoes in the towns of Wyndham and Kununurra, but we need your help. Here are some essential measures that residents can take before and during the upcoming mosquito season to reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes.

Limit mosquitoes from breeding in your yard and garden

  • Check your property for potential breeding sources such as; pot plants that hold water, unkept swimming pools, containers left around the garden such as wheel barrows, tyres, etc Mosquitoes can breed even in the tiniest amounts of water.
  • Clean up your yard and remove any containers that could hold water from your garden or turn them over so they can’t hold water.
  • Keep grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed.
  • Change pet drinking bowls, bird baths and vase waters every couple of days or at least once a week
  • Empty wading pools weekly or store inside when not in use.
  • Keep drains and gutters clean so water will drain properly. Check your gutters for low points that may hold water.
  • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens may become major mosquito producers if allowed to stagnate.
  • Ensure fly screens to doors and windows are fitted and well maintained.
  • Water tanks must be completely sealed. Check lids, covers and inlet pipes for any gaps.
  • Make sure any water collection containers have secure lids or screens.

Fight the Bite:

  • Cover Up – wear long, loose fitting, light coloured clothing.
  • Repel – use insect repellent containing DEET (diethyltoluamide) or picaridin.
  • Clean Up – stop mosquitoes breeding in water pooling around your home by emptying water from containers.

For more information about what the Shire is doing to manage mosquitoes visit http://www.swek.wa.gov.au/mosquitoes.aspx 

If you are concerned about mosquitoes near your home contact an Environmental Health Officer on 9168 4100 or email mail@swek.wa.gov.au

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