With the heavens finally opening up in the Central Highlands region recently, residents are being urged to take action to protect themselves against mosquitoes.
‘We can all help to reduce mosquito numbers in our community, particularly as we come into summer and our chance of rainfall increases,’ Manager Planning and Environment Kirstin Byrne said.
Ms Byrne said the stagnant water provides the perfect environment for mosquitoes to breed and dormant eggs to hatch. Mosquitoes can spread diseases to humans such as Ross River virus, Dengue Fever, Zika virus and Malaria.
‘Our parks and gardens crews have been out checking drains and clearing gutters on public buildings,’ she said.
‘However, there are things we can all do to help reduce mosquito numbers in our community. It’s as easy as covering up, using repellent and, most importantly, cleaning up areas at home or work that can hold water.’
Ms Byrne said residents should check all containers that can hold water frequently, including loose tyres, birdbaths, pot-plant bases, the plant itself, rainwater tank screens, gutters and empty buckets.
‘These simple steps can help reduce the mosquito population and consequently the risk of mosquito-borne disease.’
Ms Byrne asked residents to report unusually high mosquito infestations to council immediately by calling 1300 242 686.