Mosquitoes breed in areas that hold stagnant water. Common breeding sites around the home include unmaintained pools or spas, ponds, pot plant drip trays, gutters, pet water, rubbish, containers and rainwater tanks.
There are a number of ways that you can protect you and your family from mosquitoes and reduce opportunity for mosquito bite and breeding.
To reduce mosquito breeding:
- ensure irrigation water is sprayed onto garden areas only
- dispose of containers that hold water
- stock ornamental ponds with fish and keep vegetation away from the water’s edge
- ensure guttering does not hold water
- empty pot plant drip trays once a week or fill them with sand
- empty and clean animal and pet drinking water bowls once a week
- keep swimming pools well chlorinated, filtered and free of dead leaves
To help reduce the chance of being bitten:
- avoid being outdoors at dawn and dusk
- wear long, loose-fitting, light coloured clothing when outdoors
- apply personal repellent containing diethyl toluamide (DEET) or 20 per cent picaridin
- ensure insect screens are installed and are in good condition
- where safe, use residual chemical sprays and electronic vaporizers
For more information about mosquitoes visit the mosquitoes page.