There are many insects that can sting, bite, damage crops and gardens and spread disease. Among them are:
- fruit fly
- & mosquitoes.
One of more than 200 species of fruit fly found in Australia, the Queensland Fruit Fly, is causing devastation with fruit trees and crops in the Echuca and Moama district. Peaches are being particularly hard-hit.
The problem tends to worsen as the weather warms in late August, when hungry insects emerge from hibernation. Flies lay eggs under the skin of ripening fruit, maggots hatch and feed, spoiling the fruit, causing it to rot and drop.
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If you have a beehive on your property, you can have it removed by a registered apiarist. You can search online for an apiarist near you, or check the Yellow Pages.
Council does not treat bee hives on private property.
If you find a wasp nest on your property, hire a licensed pest controller to treat the nest. If you feel confident to treat the nest yourself there are a number of products available through hardware stores. DO NOT treat the nest yourself if you are allergic to wasp or bee stings. Council does not treat or remove wasp nests.
Mosquitoes cause problems across Victoria, spreading disease and causing skin irritations. Their numbers increase after flooding because the increased water sources provide ideal breeding sites.
Protection against mosquitoes
To protect you and your family from mosquito-borne diseases:
- Wear light-coloured, 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.
- Make sure your home (or holiday accommodation) is properly fitted with mosquito netting or screens.
- For children, it is safer to spray or rub insect repellents on their clothes rather than directly onto their skin.
Controlling mosquito-borne disease
In Campaspe, council and the Department of Health and Human Services are working together to reduce the numbers of mosquitoes responsible for spreading the arbovirus, which causes Ross River and Barmah Forest viruses.
The program monitors Campaspe’s mosquito populations and identifies the main breeding locations of the mosquito which spreads the virus.
When and if needed, mosquito control programs are implemented, with advice provided to the public on all aspects of mosquito control and mosquito borne diseases of local significance.
The program runs from November to March each year and is funded jointly by council and the Department of Health and Human Services.