Pair itching to do mosquito research


Medical entomologist Peter Neville (centre) flanked by Masters of Public Health students Samir Mainali and Ram Lamichhane. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d447100
Medical entomologist Peter Neville (centre) flanked by Masters of Public Health students Samir Mainali and Ram Lamichhane. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d447100

Ram Lamichhane and Samir Mainali are investigating the role of backyard breeding mosquitoes by visiting homes to conduct free yard inspections to determine where and when mosquitoes breed.

“While many sources of backyard breeding are known, including pot plant bases, disused swimming pools, pet water bowls, gutters and general containers; a comprehensive survey of the common containers that breed mosquitoes has never been undertaken in Perth,” Dr Mainali said.

“This survey will determine the frequency and complexity of backyard breeding, highlighting the common sources of these nuisance mosquitoes in the Perth Metropolitan Region.”

Mr Lamichhane said the results of the residential survey would allow a targeted communication strategy to be developed by the Department of Health, identifying likely sources of backyard breeding and requesting residents clean up around the home.

For more information visit www.public.health.wa.gov.au .