Tips to fight the bite

Albany Advertiser - - ALBANY SHOW 2018 -

The City of Al­bany’s health team con­tin­ues to pro­mote the Fight the Bite cam­paignm which en­cour­ages in­di­vid­u­als to pro­tect them­selves and their fam­i­lies from dis­ease-car­ry­ing mos­qui­toes in three ways — cov­er­ing up, us­ing re­pel­lent, and clean­ing up ar­eas around the home where mos­qui­toes can breed.

The cam­paign will be pro­moted at the 2018 Al­bany Agri­cul­tural Show and is tar­geted at all West Aus­tralians in an ef­fort to ed­u­cate them of the risks as­so­ci­ated with mos­quito-borne dis­ease and how they can sup­port the work of lo­cal gov­ern­ment mos­quito con­trol pro­grams.

The City’s se­nior en­vi­ron­men­tal health of­fi­cer Roald VanWyk said: “now is the time for the pub­lic to be re­minded of the risks of mos­qui­toes, as they breed quickly dur­ing the sum­mer months in stag­nant water pools in­clud­ing bird baths, old car tyres, open con­tain­ers, pot plant drip trays, sep­tic and water tanks, roof gut­ters and do­mes­tic ponds. Res­i­dents and

landown­ers are asked to keep an eye out for these haz­ards and empty them reg­u­larly to break the mos­quito breed­ing cy­cle which, dur­ing colder

months, can take sev­eral weeks from egg to fly­ing adult mos­quito, but just seven to 10 days in the warmer weather.”

The City of Al­bany is urg­ing res­i­dents to be aware of mos­quito haz­ards.

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