6 December 2017 - Media release
Developed to provide clear guidance and direction when applied, the Arbovirus and Mosquito Management Plan 2017 – 2020 was last night adopted by council.
Campaspe Shire Mayor Cr Adrian Weston said mosquitos found with our region are pests with the capacity to transmit disease and as such it’s important to have strategies in place to manage infestations and potential health risks associated with diseased species.
“In 2016/17, more than 2,000 Victorians fell victim to the most common mosquito borne disease, Ross River Virus (RRV) so it’s essential we have a clear and concise plan in place to control mosquito populations and provide educational initiatives,” Cr Weston said.
The plan aims to:
- Protect community health and minimise the impact of mosquito borne disease
- Provide emergency response in the event of a mosquito borne disease outbreak
- Educate residents and visitors to our shire on the risks posed by local mosquito populations, steps to take to protect themselves and prevention methods for mosquito breeding around the home
“Council has participated in the Victorian Arbovirus Disease Control Program (VADCP) since its inception in 1975 and this along with the Mosquito Management Plan will provide clear guidance and direction to manage mosquito control,” Cr Weston said.
The Arbovirus Program is conducted in the warmer months annually, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services as a preventative public health initiative.
“The focus of the program is on trapping to identify species and estimate numbers, and the treatment of sites to stop mosquito larvae from growing,” Cr Weston added.
The Arbovirus and Mosquito Management Plan outlines how council manages its mosquito program and explains the importance of ongoing support for mosquito management within Campaspe Shire into the future.
“The recent heavy rainfall and warmer weather provides the perfect breeding environment for mosquitos so we encourage the community to start preparing their homes now to avoid infestations by removing stagnant pools of water and keep grass short,” Cr Weston said.
There are simple things you can do to protect yourself and your family from mosquito-borne disease:
- Wear loose-fitting clothing when outdoors.
- Use mosquito repellents containing DEET or picaridin on exposed skin.
- Try to limit outdoor activity if lots of mosquitoes are about (usually dusk and dawn).
- Make sure there is no stagnant water where mosquitoes can breed around your home.
- On holidays, make sure your accommodation is properly fitted with mosquito netting or screens.
- Don’t forget the kids – it’s safer to spray or rub insect repellents on their clothes rather than directly onto their skin.
The Arbovirus and Mosquito Management Plan is available on council’s website.
More information on how to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and control them around the home can be found at: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/mosquitoes-can-carry-diseases.