Due to recent wide spread wet and humid weather, Greater Shepparton City Council would like to remind residents and visitors to protect themselves from mosquito-borne diseases.
The recent heavy rainfall across the region has led to ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes. Manager Environment Sharon Terry said because of this rainfall we were likely to experience an increase in mosquito numbers over the next few months.
“Residents are urged to be vigilant of any still water areas, in particular poorly maintained waterways including pools and spas where mosquitoes breed,” she said.
“People should take care, not just to avoid the irritating bites, but to protect themselves from infectious and potentially life threatening diseases mosquitoes can carry such as Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus and Murray Valley encephalitis.”
There are a number of ways residents can protect themselves, such as covering up and wearing long, loose fitting clothing. Where possible avoid using aftershaves and perfumes as these attract mosquitoes. Light colours are also recommended as mosquitoes are attracted to dark colours.
Ms Terry said using mosquito repellents containing picaridin or DEET on exposed skin was one of the most effective measures to discourage the insects.
“Residents are reminded to follow the instructions of use with these products, especially for children,” she said.
“When at home or on holidays, make sure your accommodation is properly fitted with mosquito netting or screens.
“Finally, try to limit outdoor activity where mosquitoes have a high presence. They are most commonly out during dusk and dawn hours of the day.”