Mosquitoes are an unfortunate part of life during the warmer months in the Liverpool LGA, particularly in suburbs around the Georges River.
Liverpool City Council has developed a mosquito control program that aims to reduce mosquito populations and give residents the information they need to protect themselves.
What is Council doing about mosquitoes?
Council is working with Dr Cameron Webb from NSW Health to develop a comprehensive mosquito control program. Dr Webb has been studying mosquitoes in Sydney for more than 20 years.
The program involves:
- Mapping mosquito sites to target problem spots;
- Spraying breeding grounds with environmentally friendly products; and
- A public education campaign.
Council is also engaging other agencies involved with the Georges River to develop a joint approach to mosquito control.
How can I reduce mosquitoes around my home?
Mosquitoes will lay their eggs in anything that holds water.
Empty, throw out, or cover up any containers such as pot plant saucers, buckets and even bottle lids.
Don’t forget natural water containers such as tree holes and water-holding plants such as bromeliads.
Make sure rainwater tanks are screened and don’t have gaps that allow mosquitoes to get in.
Keep flyscreens closed to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
Inside, ‘smokeless’ devices such as plug-ins that contain insecticides provide good protection.
How can I protect myself and my family?
A good insect repellent is your first line of defence against mosquitoes.
Look for a repellent that contains DEET or Picaridin – these are the most effective against mosquitoes and commonly found in products at your local supermarket or pharmacy.
Check the label and follow instructions on how to safely use the repellent.
Wear loose light-coloured clothing with long sleeves and pants to reduce the amount of exposed skin.
Most repellents are safe to use on children over three months. Always check the product label.
Children under three months can be protected by covering infant carriers with mosquito netting.
Mosquitoes in Liverpool
The most commonly found mosquitoes in Liverpool LGA include:
One of the most widespread nuisance-biting mosquitoes in Australia. Most commonly found in backyards, especially water-holding containers such as pot plant saucers, bird baths and rainwater tanks.
Found in estuarine wetlands such as mangroves and saltmarsh. A very common nuisance-biting pest in parklands and suburbs along the Georges River.