Make regular rounds of your garden to empty water from pots and containers so that the mozzies have nowhere to breed
The recent rains have brought out the bities! The mozzies are on the hunt for water to breed the next generation of humming itch machines so get your routine ready!
- TIP IT – tip water from containers
- STORE IT – store items away when not in use
- THROW IT – dispose of items you do not use
Householders have a responsibility under the Public Health Regulation (Part 2, Division 2, 14-19) to prevent mosquitoes breeding on their property so make it a weekly habit to flush out mozzie breeding grounds.
Mosquitoes can carry diseases such as Ross River Virus, Barmah Forest Virus, Dengue Fever and can also give your dog heartworm.
Make sure there are no permanent water sources around the home by emptying containers, filling pot plant saucers with sand, keeping gutters clean, ensuring tank openings are covered, and flushing out bird baths and pets’ water bowls regularly.
You can also create a frog-friendly garden and keep fountains and ponds stocked with fish for a natural army of defence.
Also protect yourself by having repellent on hand, wear long sleeved light colours and treat window/door screens to keep them away.
If you do get a bite then resist the urge to scratch! Try using a refrigerated damp green tea bag or a crushed sweet basil leaf to soothe the area or dab on some aloe vera, hand sanitiser or even Listerine.