Managing mosquitoes

6 April 2017

The best way to prevent mosquito-borne diseases is to avoid being bitten. It is recommended to avoid getting bitten.

Use insect repellents and wear protective, lightcoloured clothing. Many mosquito species bite early morning just after sunset and at dusk so you should avoid being outside at these times.

Mosquitoes breed in containers that hold water such as buckets, old tyres, tarpaulins and black plastic, pot plant bases, vases, boats, tin cans and plastic containers, roof guttering, rainwater tanks with damaged or missing screens, bird baths, striking containers for plant cuttings, drain sumps, fallen palm fronds and coconut shells. Residents should regularly empty these containers and dispose of unwanted items.

Residents should also ensure screens and flap valves on rain water tanks are in good condition.