The Shire of Augusta Margaret River urges residents, particularly those in Augusta and the surrounding area, to be vigilant after routine surveillance has seen the highest numbers of adults and larvae from any surveillance site in West Bay, Augusta.
The mosquito monitoring program focuses on locations with reports of mosquito-borne disease or feedback from local residents about mosquito activity.
This also includes trapping adult mosquitoes, immersing them in mosquito larvae, and identifying mosquito species.
Jacinta McKinlay, Shire’s environmental health officer, said the Shire is an area of relatively low risk for mosquito-borne viruses, but there are pockets in the area where mosquito activity is quite high.
“The Shire began routine monitoring of adult mosquitoes and larvae last week to identify key breeding sites,” she said.
“West Bay, Augusta had the highest numbers of adults and larvae of any monitoring site.
West Bay had the highest number of adults and larvae of any surveillance site. Medium numbers were also recorded near Molloy Island.
Jacinta McKinlay, environmental health officer
“The dominant species found here was Aedes camptorhynchus, a major vector of the Ross River Virus in the Southwest.”
Ms. McKinlay said residents in nearby areas should also be vigilant.
“Medium numbers were also recorded near Molloy Island and parts of Augusta including Hardy Inlet,” she said.
“The mosquito season runs from October to March depending on the weather. This is a timely reminder for all residents to avoid being bitten and to ensure they do not contribute to breeding grounds around the home.”
The Department of Health’s Fight the Bite campaign encourages individuals to use these strategies:
1. Cover up: Wear long, loose fitting, light colored clothing that covers as much of your body as possible. Mosquitoes can bite through tight clothing such as jeans. Make sure children are adequately covered up too.
2. Defense: Use insect repellants that contain DEET (Diethyltoluamide) or Picardin and always follow the directions on the label.
3. Cleaning up: Stop mosquitos from spreading in water that collects around your home or vacation rental by draining water from the bins.