Mosquito control is an important function of the public health service that the Borough of Queenscliffe provides in conjunction with the City of Greater Geelong. It not only is a health protection tool but also enhances the amenity and improves community comfort.
There are a number of sites that are targeted for control both within and outside of the municipality. Mosquitoes breed in still water and saltmarsh environments, so these areas are targeted by the mosquito control team. The program runs from August to March.
What can I do at home to protect myself against mosquitos?
The picture below shows some places where mosquitoes can breed around your home.
- Dispose of all tins, tyres and other rubbish containers that may hold water.
- Change the water in vases, bird baths and pet bowls once a week.
- Prevent leaking taps which can cause pools of water.
- Remove weeds and grass from drains to enable them to drain freely.
- Keep roof guttering in good repair and regularly remove leaves and debris so that pools of water do not form.
- Keep lawns and gardens well maintained so that you are not providing shelter for adult mosquitoes.
- Place toys and other objects around the yard in an area where they won't collect rainwater.
- Keep pools salted or chlorinated and remove water that collects on pool covers.
- Ensure that fish ponds are stocked with fish.
Mosquito-borne diseases can cause life-threatening illness. There are many simple things you can do to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes. Learn about the Beat the Bite campaign on https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/campaigns/beat-the-bite