Remove potential mosquito breeding sites

Nov 15, 2017 | Front Page Feature, News

Under the Public Health Act, you could be fined by your local council if you are breeding mosquitoes around your home.

Check the following areas around your home weekly for evidence of mosquitoes or mosquito larvae and tip out, wipe out, throw out or dry store items that can hold water.

  • Tip out, and wipe out any water from things like plastic containers, tarpaulins or buckets.
  • Store anything that can hold water undercover or in a dry place, including work equipment, surplus materials or trailers, and keep bins covered.
  • Throw out any rubbish lying around like unused or empty containers, tyres, additional materials and keep worksites tidy. 

Breeding site risk mitigation:

  • Flush and wipe out bird baths regularly.
  • Store boats under cover to prevent water collection.
  • Reduce the number of Bromeliad plants in your yard as they collect water.
  • Empty buckets and wipe out interior, store upside down or under cover.
  • Clean drain or store dry containers upside down or under cover.
  • Fill pot plant bases with sand.
  • Check screens and seals on rainwater tanks.
  • Ensure water does not collect in tarpaulins.
  • Store children’s toys under cover.
  • Check tyres for water and store under cover.
  • Change water and wipe out inside of vases regularly.

For further information on mosquitoes see Council’s website, phone Council’s Environmental Health staff on 1300 696 272 (1300 MY NBRC) or email Council.

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