Fight the bite

Guardian Express - - STREET WATCH -

The City’s Mosquito Con­trol Unit has com­menced its con­trol and mon­i­tor­ing pro­gram for this year’s new breed­ing sea­son.

As mos­qui­toes need only a few mil­lime­tres to breed, the win­ter rains have left us all at risk. Now is the time to check any wa­ter-filled buck­ets, ponds, pot plants and swim­ming pools at your prop­erty.

With mosquito borne dis­eases such as Ross River and Bar­nah For­rest Virus about, here are some sim­ple mea­sures you can take to pro­tect your­self and fight the bite: • avoid ar­eas where mos­qui­toes are most ac­tive • cover up and wear loose fit­ting cloth­ing • ap­ply a per­sonal in­sect re­pel­lent • en­sure in­sect screens in your home are in good re­pair • re­move or treat breed­ing sites around the home – mos­qui­toes

re­ally love stag­nant wa­ter.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call the City’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Health Unit on 9272 0622 or visit the City’s web­site: www.bayswa­

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