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Mosquitoes

Prevention

Mosquitoes breed in calm, still water mainly during the summer months. The most effective way of controlling mosquitoes is to eliminate these breeding sites. This can be achieved in the following ways:

  • Remove all containers, such as tins, jars, tyres, etc, that hold water (cover or put holes in them).
  • Keep fish ponds stocked with fish (goldfish or native fish are recommended).
  • Keep roof guttering in good repair and regularly remove leaves and debris to prevent water pooling.
  • Empty pot plant drip trays once a week, or fill them with sand to absorb excess water.
  • Keep swimming pools disinfected or salted.
  • Screen rain water tanks, septic tanks and other large water containers with wire gauze no coarser than 1mm mesh.
  • Replace bird baths and pet's drinking water at least once a week.
  • Drill holes in tyres used for swings and garden surrounds to allow water to drain from them.
  • Boats, canoes and dinghies should be overturned or have the drain plug removed so that they do not hold water after rain.

Rainwater Tanks

Rainwater tanks can be a potential source of mosquito breeding if they are not protected or treated. They should have a removable screen mesh fitted to the outlet end of the overflow pipe, or any other possible entry points such as the downpipes or gaps in the lid. A small quantity (approximately one teaspoon) of domestic kerosene (DO NOT use power kerosene) or paraffin oil may be added to the surface of the water to prevent mosquito breeding.

Personal Protection

  • Wear loose fitting, light coloured clothing to cover up as much of the body as possible. Mosquitoes can bite through tight fitting clothes, such as jeans.
  • Use an insect repellent that contains DEET (Diethyl toluamide) to cover areas of exposed skin.
  • Install screens on doors and windows to prevent mosquito entry. Screen doors should be self-closing and open outwards.

Caring for your Swimming Pool to Prevent Mosquito Breeding

The most important factor in swimming pool care is to keep the water clean and disinfected at all times to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes and contamination of bacteria. The correct use of swimming pool grade chemicals and good management of the disinfection, filtration and recirculation system will keep the swimming pool in a clean, safe and healthy condition.Swimming Pool

Caring for your Swimming Pool while you are away on holidays or if the pool is not in use

Many of us may forget that swimming pools still need to be maintained even when we may not be using them. If they are not properly maintained the pool may become a mosquito breeding site, creating a nuisance for both yourself and your neighbours. Below are some simple preventative measures that can be taken to avoid this:

  • Run the filter on a regular basis as required. A timer can be used to allow the filter to operate around 2-3 hours each day.
  • Do not simply turn the filter off during winter or periods when the pool is not in use. By maintaining the pool during this period it will take much less time, effort and money to adjust the pool water correctly for the next use.
  • Place a pool cover over the swimming pool to prevent entry by pests. Ensure that during rain periods the water on the surface of the cover is removed to prevent pooling.
  • Regularly chlorinate your swimming pool and maintain disinfection levels.
  • Remove accumulated leaf matter from the surface of the pool water.
  • Place domestic kerosene over the surface of the water to kill mosquito larvae present in the water and prevent further breeding.
  • During the mosquito breeding season, the kerosene may need to be used on a regular basis as it will evaporate from the surface of the water within 2-3 days.

Cleaning the pool

The swimming pool should be cleaned regularly including vacuuming and scrubbing the walls. Backwashing should be undertaken at least weekly and must not enter the stormwater system. The water used to backwash the filter must be disposed of into the sewer or into separate underground soakage system if in an unsewered area.

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