Pests – Insects & Rodents

 

Pests – Insects & Rodents

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Mosquitoes

 

Mosquitoes are most prevalent during the summer months in stagnant water that do not have natural predators (fish) in them.

A Council Control Program begins in late September through to April each year where Council ponds are sprayed to reduce breeding of mosquitoes.

If you have areas that are prone to stagnant water there are several simple steps that can be taken to minimise mosquitoes/larvae breeding such as:

  • Remove any stagnant ponds of water from around your house
  • Ensuring rainwater tanks is enclosed with removable screen mesh fitted to overflow outlets, gaps & downpipes 
  • Ensuring septic tanks are enclosed and maintained
  • Check that your plumbing vents are sealed with flyscreen
  • Place fish in your ponds and dams
  • Keep swimming pools full and properly maintained
  • Make sure your pot plants arent holding water
  • Clean out your roof gutters - these can be perfect breeding sites
  • Dispose of unwanted containers, tyres and rubbish

Mosquitoes are a natural part of our environment. Mosquitoes are a nuisance and can spread some serious diseases collectively known as arboviruses. Some of the most commonly known arboviruses include:

  • Ross River Virus
  • Barmah Forest Virus
  • Kunjin Virus
  • Murray Valley Encephalitis

These viruses can range from fevers, chills, joint pain and swelling, fatigue, headaches and potentially death.

This is why it is so important to cover up to prevent yourself and your family from being bitten.

Remember to Fight the Bite and cover up:

  • Use a DEET or Picaridin based insect repellent
  • Wear long clothing
  • Avoid heading out during dusk (this is their most active period)
  • Make sure your flyscreen on your windows is in good condition
  • Use a mosquito net around your bed.

For further information please visit Fight the Bight, Mosquito borne diseases or contact Council on 8828 1200.

 

 

Other Pests and Insects

 
Bedbugs

Refer to SA Health Bedbugs

Headlice

Refer to SA Health link - Headlice

Foxes

Refer to Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources link - Foxes

Rabbits

Refer to Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources link - Rabbits

Rodents (Rats and Mice)

Refer to SA Health link - Rodents

Scabies

Refer to SA Health link - Scabies

Ticks

Refer to The Department of Health link - Ticks

 

 

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PO Box 396

Kadina SA 5554

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