The recent rainfall is expected to bring higher than average mosquito numbers this summer. We will respond to this with the largest mosquito management program in Victoria.
This year’s program includes extensive monitoring and treatment of mosquito breeding areas, including the coastal wetlands on the Bellarine Peninsula.
We run an annual program to monitor and manage mosquito activity as spring commences each year.
Mosquitoes are targeted in their larval stage to prevent adult mosquitoes from emerging. Ground and aerial based treatments occur as new larvae develop in the breeding sites. Ground treatments commenced in August 2017, and we are waiting on warmer weather before aerial treatments can begin.
Mosquito levels are also monitored by setting traps in residential areas. The products we use to control mosquitoes are larvicides called Bacillus thuringiensis isralensis (Bti) and s-Methoprene. These products only affect mosquito larvae. People, other animals, and the general environment are not adversely affected by the aerial treatments.
We encourage residents to reduce mosquito levels around their homes by regularly removing water in bird baths, old tyres, pot plant bases, buckets and toys, ensuring opening to rain water tanks are covered with mesh and ensuring swimming pools, spas and fish ponds are well maintained.
Residents can protect themselves from mosquito bites by wearing clothing that is light coloured and loose fitting, covering arms, legs and feet and using an effective insect repellent.
We have developed an education film clip about our management program which includes ideas on how to reduce the impact of mosquitoes around the home and our family.
Geoff Lawler - Acting Director Planning and Development
While the City undertakes one of Victoria’s largest mosquito management programs annually across the greater Geelong region, we also strongly encourage residents to play their part in managing the mosquito population in and around their homes by checking items on their property which hold water and in protecting themselves by wearing the right clothing and repellent.