The East Gippsland Shire Council monitors and treats some mosquito breeding areas. However, the springs are widely spread across the Gippsland Lakes, and the focus is on high-density townships.
The council does not spray adult mosquitoes, but treats them in the larval stages when the mosquitoes can be controlled by biological larvicides in known locations.
The council will not spray private homes or buildings or provide advice on the use of chemicals. There are contractors and suppliers who can help with this or visit https://bit.ly/3mqyLNY
The Beat the Bite campaign also provides useful information to help protect yourself and your family from mosquito-borne diseases:
- Wear loose-fitting clothing outdoors.
- Use mosquito repellants that contain DEET or picaridin on exposed skin.
- Try to limit outdoor activity when there are a lot of mosquitos around (usually dusk and dawn).
- Make sure there is no standing water for mosquitoes to multiply in your home.
- While on vacation, make sure your accommodation is properly equipped with mosquito nets or screens.
- Don’t forget the kids – it is safer to spray or rub insect repellent on their clothes than directly on their skin.
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