Ahead of the warmer weather, Campaspe Shire Council is monitoring mosquito numbers, locations and potential public health threats.
Mayor, Cr Adrian Weston said adult mosquitoes are trapped in various locations across the shire, identified and tested for viruses.
“Monitoring starts in November and runs through to April each year. The combination of warm weather and wet conditions are when most of the insect’s breeding takes place,” Cr Weston said.
“Whilst this year is not expected to be a particularly bad season and not all mosquitoes carry diseases, it’s best to take precautions to avoid the potential of contracting blood-borne diseases such as Ross River virus.”
“It is a good time of year to check that your home’s flyscreens are in good condition and ensure no stagnant water is left on your property.”
“When outdoors, especially at dusk and dawn, wear loose fitting clothing and use mosquito repellents containing DEET or picaridin on exposed skin.”