THE City of Swan’s mosquito control program is in full swing ahead of the insect’s peak season.
During the last mosquito season $25,731 was spent on larvacide treatment as part of the city’s mosquito control efforts, a figure that is approximately five times the amount normally spent on this type of mosquito prevention.
The substantial increase was attributed to the unprecedented flooding in February which greatly increased the number of mosquitoes in affected areas.
The city is also operating in conjunction with a number of neighbouring local governments as part of the Contiguous Local Authority Group or CLAG.
Established in 1990, CLAG was designed to advise on the technical aspects of mosquito control and help funds control efforts in order to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases throughout WA.
CLAG also assists in the management of local government mosquito control and the City of Swan will again coordinate its control efforts with the towns of Bassendean and Victoria Park and the Bayswater and Belmont councils.
City of Swan Mayor, Mick Wainwright said the intention of the program, run by the city’s health services team, is to stop mosquito breeding and the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.
“Aside from their nasty bites, mosquitoes can be serious pests and transmit diseases, so we must do all we can to minimise their occurrence,” Mr Wainwright said.
“Our staff regularly monitor and eliminate potential mosquito breeding sites, set traps and inspect water areas for larva.”
Mr Wainwright said very low toxicity larvicides are used to eliminate larva before they are able to mature into adult mosquitoes but he is also hoping community education efforts will help to minimise the mosquito risk.
Residents are being asked to follow several simple steps in order to reduce the presence and impact of mosquitoes.
The community is being urged to cover up and wear loose fitting and preferably light coloured clothing which covers as much of your body as possible and to repel mosquitoes by using repellents containing DEET or Picaridin and to clean up areas where mosquitoes can breed.
Pool owners are being asked to keep pool’s well chlorinated, filtered and free of dead leaves, while pet owners should empty and clean their pet’s drinking water regularly and remove any stagnant water from unused containers.
For more information on the City’s mosquito control program, call 9267 9153.
By Andrew Carter