The City of Busselton has a mosquito control strategy that incorporates both larval and adult control measures in an effort to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors to the area.
Residents can assist mosquito control by checking and eliminating potential backyard breeding sites. Breeding sites can be formed where water is allowed to lay or be stored in fishponds, buckets, pet bowls and plant trays. Mosquito proof cowls should be fitted to sewer vent pipes to prevent breeding in septic tanks.
Residents and visitors to the area should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites:
- Mosquitoes are most active during dawn and dusk. Try to avoid being outside during these times;
- Ensuring insect screens on houses are installed and completely mosquito-proof. If camping, use mosquito nets and mosquito-proof tents;
- Wearing long, light coloured, loose-fitting protective clothing when outdoors in mosquito-prone areas, (mosquitoes can bite through tight clothing);
- Apply personal repellents containing DEET (diethyl toluamide) or picaridin to all areas of exposed skin. The most effective and long-lasting formulations are lotions or gels. Most natural or organic repellents are not as effective as DEET or picaridin; and,
- Ensuring infants and children are adequately protected against mosquito bites, preferably with suitable clothing, bed nets or other forms of insect screening. Only infant-strength repellents should be used on children;
- In outdoor entertainment areas use products such as mosquito coils and citronella to repel mosquitoes. These are available at supermarkets and hardware stores. Electronic Bug Zappers are also available from hardware stores and are effective devices that uses an ultra-violet light to attract mossies then kills them with an electric charge;
- Recognise and avoid areas of mosquito activity, e.g. swamps, wetlands, salt marshes, billabongs;
- Turn off the front lights to your house. Many mosquitoes are attracted to light.
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