The Shire conducts a comprehensive mosquito control program with the specific purpose of reducing the incidence of mosquito-borne diseases in the community – in particular: Ross River Virus, and Barmah Forest Virus.
The Shire is part of a co-operative with the Shire of Harvey and the City of Bunbury known as the “Leschenault CLAG” (Contiguous Local Authorities Group).
The CLAG pools it’s financial and material resources to ensure the greatest impact in reducing mosquito numbers. The CLAG also receives support from the Department of Health in the way of funding, provision of a helicopter for aerial bombardment of mosquito-breeding wetlands, research and technical support.
Environmental Health Officers conduct treatment of mosquito-breeding water-bodies on public land. You may request treatment if you are experiencing higher than usual mosquito numbers.
Work by CLAG to reduce mosquito numbers is detailed on its Fight the Bite website.
Health experts delivered a warning to residents in early spring to take precautions against being bitten by mosquitoes as numbers were expected to increase this year following substantial winter rainfall.
For more information about mosquito treatment, or Ross River Virus, please refer to the following links and documents: