Sky’s the limit in mosquito fight
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.