Your local government agencies recognises that mosquito management is one of its most important functions, and acknowledges the community’s expectation to enjoy the quality of lifestyle that the Geographe Bay Region offers while co-existing with the environment. The City recognises the need to maintain best practice procedures and, where possible, improve on its current mosquito management program.
The Leschenault & Geographe Mosquito Management Group is a regional and State partnership between the City of Bunbury, City of Busselton, Shire of Capel, Shire of Dardanup and Shire of Harvey along with the Department of Health and is also supported by the University of Western Australia.
Given that mosquitoes don’t recognise local government boundaries, it is essential that we work cooperatively to achieve positive outcomes.
Environment Health Officers and Technicians monitor weather and tide conditions, inspect and collect data on mosquito breeding activity and coordinate and carryout mosquito treatments. In addition to these duties, the officers also provide information and presentations to the general public on mosquitoes, and the City’s mosquito management program. The mosquito management program consists of the following stages:
- Monitoring of tides and weather
- Pre-treatment surveillance
- Post-treatment surveillance
This is supported by:
- Adult mosquito trapping
- Monitoring of virus isolation data generated by the University of Western Australia (UWA) on behalf of the Department of Health
- Public education and awareness initiatives
The exact start and finish dates for the program vary from year to year, however generally the program is most intensive during the months of August until May depending on mosquito borne virus activity and breeding patterns.