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Horsham, Northern Grampians councils take aim at mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are in the sights of Horsham and Northern Grampians municipalities in a statewide effort to curb the number of Ross River virus infections.
Horsham Rural City Council has Department of Health and Human Services funding to undertake surveillance and treatment activities in both municipalities.
The government has provided money to tackle mosquitoes after wet conditions last year led to an increase in insects, which transmit the virus.
The Horsham council’s field officer will lead a variety of activities in both municipalities. These include:
• Larval dipping surveillance of potential breeding sites.
• Treatment of breeding sites when larvae are present.
• Live adult trapping to determine which species are present.
• Treatment of municipal stormwater drains.
Potential breeding sites across both municipalities include still and stagnant water bodies with vegetation that allows protection of larvae while growing.
Areas of particular concern are next to populated areas and those frequented by tourists or for recreation. Mosquitoes can also breed in stagnant water in residential areas.
Horsham council senior environment health officer Luke Mitton said there were many ways residents could remove potential breeding sites at their houses and workplaces.
“It is important for us to tip water out from pot plants, tyres, bird baths and ponds, to change the water in pet bowls and water troughs daily, and to check gutters and other spots around the home that might collect water,” he said.
“If water cannot be removed, the council encourages the use of larvicide to prevent the growth of mosquito larvae in pots, ponds and bird baths. Products are available at hardware stores. Please ensure individual product instructions are followed and do not use if restrictions apply.”
Mr Mitton said residents should also take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitos.
“It’s wise to try to avoid being outside during dusk and dawn because this is when mosquitoes are most active,” he said.
“We should also be wearing loose clothing, making sure our fly screens are properly fitted and using mosquito netting when away or camping.
“Mosquito repellent containing DEET or Picaridin is most effective and should be applied to bare skin on adults, and onto the clothes of children.”
Mr Mitton said people seeking more information could contact the council’s environmental health department or visit the State Government’s ‘Beat the Bite’ website at www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/campaigns/beat-the-bite.

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