Management of mosquitos can vary from season to season. Tide, temperature and seasonal conditions determine the extent of mosquito activity and how staff manages the baiting and monitoring of mosquitos.
From previous trapping and identification reports, it is known there are four (4) types of mosquitos found in the Port Broughton and Fishermans Bay area.
The two main types of mosquito present are:
- Aedes Camptorhynchus, or the brackish water variety, can be prevalent from September through to late December, although can be active throughout the year. These mosquitos breed in brackish to fresh ground-pools, so, pools of water laying on ground from rains.
- Aedes Vigilax, or the saltmarsh variety, are prevalent from late December through to April. These mosquitos breed in brackish and saline coastal waters generally located near mangroves and saline swamps.
Council staff conduct fortnightly inspections of mosquito control stations and continuously monitor and treat mosquito activity from the months of September through to the end of April each year.
District Council of Barunga West participates in the SA Health – Mosquito surveillance and arbovirus prevention subsidy program through the operation of a proactive larval control program. This program has assisted in the prevention of mosquitos and provided vital resources and education to staff, who do all they can to monitor and treat mosquito’s.
Updates on Council’s website and Facebook page will provide information for your interest.
All residents can play a pro-active part in mosquito management.
Below are some preventative measures all residents and visitors are able to do to assist in the management of mosquitos.
There are Mosquito Repelling Plants which may assist in the number of mosquito’s in your own backyard.
Some local residents stand by the planting of plants such as Basil and Citronella, however the link below may provide other options, which are easily implemented by individual land owners and even businesses in the Port Broughton & Fisherman Bay area.
We can ALL assist in mosquito prevention, but HOW?
The community can also contribute to the management of mosquitos. There are several protective measures residents and holiday makers can take.
- Cover up with clothing – wear long, loose and light coloured clothing, covering as much of the body as you can.
- If you have small children in strollers or prams, ensure mosquito-proof netting protects the child.
- When outdoors, apply insect repellent or utilise mosquito coils to assist in bite prevention
- Ensure mosquito-proof mesh is placed on doors and windows.
- Stop mosquito’s breeding in water pooling around your home, holiday house, boat, caravan or tent – Mosquito’s breed in still water, fresh or salty, they may also breed in water containers, garden ponds or even puddles.
- Ensure Rainwater tanks are enclosed to prevent mosquito breeding. Ensure the lid is well sealed and any openings covered with mosquito-proof mesh.
SA Health have information and brochures available on their website at:
There are several helpful and informative links on this website to inform and assist in mosquito bite prevention.
Cover Up; Repel and Eliminate!
European wasps on private property
The council does not provide a European Wasp removal service. Please refer to the Yellow Pages or other resources to locate the contact details of a licensed pest controller who destroy the nest for a fee.
European wasps on Council property
Where a European Wasp nest is found on council land, please contact Council . We will need the exact location of the nest as it is not possible to confirm the nest location from the sighting of a few airborne wasps.
DO NOT AGGRAVATE EUROPEAN WASPS
If a European wasp is aggravated it may sting. Unlike the bee, a European wasp can sting multiple times. If left undisturbed the
European wasp is not aggressive to human or other animals. If a nest is disturbed the wasps release a chemical which triggers the
wasp to defend the nest.
Do not disturb nests – contact a licenced pest control operator to destroy the nest.
DISCOURAGING EUROPEAN WASPS
*Do not leave fallen fruit or food scraps lying around your yard
*Avoid leaving uneaten pet food or dog bones outside
*Make sure rubbish bins have tight fitting lids
*Keep compost covered at all times
*Cover bird baths and fish ponds with fine mesh or shade cloth
*Cover exposed food at picnics and barbecues
*Don’t drink out of cans or bottles. Use clear containers or straw.
If bitten apply an ice pack to the sting site, this helps to reduce pain and swelling. It may remain sore for several days. If you suffer an allergic reaction seek medical attention immediately.