THE City of Mandurah’s mosquito management team, in conjunction with the Peel Mosquito Management Group, have completed one of the biggest aerial treatments ever undertaken in the region.
The treatment took place between September 28 and October 1 and covered 573ha.
At one stage there were two helicopters in the air.
Mosquito surveillance and aerial treatment activities continued through the winter with recent high tides leading to the extensive treatment being required.
Environmental conditions, particularly lower tides, during quieter seasons, play a key role in managing mosquito activity and will play their part in the seasons ahead.
The environment also influences the prevalence of mosquito-born diseases such as Ross River and Barmah Forest viruses each and every year and is not always linked to mosquito numbers.
City chief executive Mark Newman urged the community to remain vigilant about personal mosquito protection.
“This is one of the biggest treatment ever undertaken by the group and is part of ongoing efforts to minimise the impact of mosquitoes in the region,’’ he said.
“It is difficult to predict future levels of mosquito activity as the environmental conditions that determine breeding can vary so much.
“We will be doing our best to minimise adult mosquito numbers.
“During warmer months people tend to spend more time outdoors so its important we remember to protect ourselves and our families and not rely on mosquito reduction efforts alone.”