Shoalhaven City Council is warning residents to reduce mosquito breeding sites around the home to counter the likely boom in mosquito population due to higher rainfall forecast and a flood expected before the summer holidays begin.
Mosquitoes can transmit a number of serious human diseases, including Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus, and the potentially deadly Murray Valley encephalitis virus. In recent years, rates of these diseases in NSW have been low due to the dry weather.
Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley said, “Mosquitoes need water to reproduce. So emptying water containers in the backyards at least once a week can help reduce the number of mosquitos.
“NSW does not have a government mosquito control program, so it is important in Shoalhaven that community members help limit the habitats for mosquito breeding during the predicted wet summer,” said Clr Findley.
“NSW Health recommends avoiding mosquito bites because the most effective control measure will reduce the risk of the diseases they transmit. In NSW, most mosquitoes become active at dusk and into the evening.
“To avoid bites, especially at peak times, cover yourself outdoors with a loose-fitting long-sleeved shirt and long trousers, and apply mosquito repellent to exposed skin. It is also recommended to remove screens on windows and doors and remove potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes, ”she said.
For more health advice, see the NSW Health fact sheet.
Image; Emptying water containers in backyards at least once a week can reduce the number of mosquitos.
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