Sky’s the limit in mos­quito fight

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Burswood -

HE­LI­COPTERS could be soon used in mos­quito con­trol pro­grams along the Swan and Can­ning rivers.

WA Health se­nior sci­en­tific of­fi­cer Am­ber Dou­glas said he­li­copters could be used as an al­ter­na­tive to or as well as cur­rent ground-based con­trol meth­ods.

“He­li­copters have been used to con­trol mos­qui­toes in WA’s South­West for many years,” she said.

“While a he­li­copter can ac­cess mos­quito breed­ing sites that are very dif­fi­cult and dan­ger­ous to ac­cess on foot, we also need to con­sider the im­pact of a he­li­copter fly­ing low over mos­quito-breed­ing wet­lands and any ad­ja­cent houses.”

WA Health is invit­ing com­mu­ni­ties to par­tic­i­pate in in­for­ma­tion ses­sions on the pro­posed use of the he­li­copters in mos­quito con­trol pro­grams.

The City of South Perth has a mos­quito man­age­ment plan, which in­cludes chem­i­cal and cul­tural con­trol. It pro­vides guid­ance on the con­trol and man­age­ment of sea­sonal mos­qui­toes within the City dur­ing the mos­quito-breed­ing sea­son, typ­i­cally from Au­gust to April.

In 2012 and 2013, the City re­ceived 12 com­plaints from res­i­dents about ex­ces­sive mos­quito num­bers.

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