Keep away from biting this mosquito season

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Published on December 16, 2020

The Campaspe Shire Council is monitoring mosquito numbers, locations and potential threats to public health as the weather continues to warm.

Given that decent rainfall can be expected in the hot months ahead, General Manager Development, Paul McKenzie, urges the public to take precautions to avoid the potential of blood-borne diseases such as the Ross River virus.

“The combination of warm weather and wet conditions is when most mosquitoes are bred,” McKenzie said.

“Take some time to check the condition of your home’s mosquito screens and remove any stagnant water where mosquitoes can breed.”

“Wearing loose-fitting clothing with mosquito repellants that contain DEET or picaridin is your best defense, especially when you are outdoors at dusk and dawn.”

“The council’s mosquito monitoring program is underway and will catch and test adult mosquitoes for viruses in various locations across the Shire by April.”

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