Pests – Insects & Rodents
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 the 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 are 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 are not 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.
Other Pests and Insects
Refer to SA Health Bedbugs
Refer to SA Health link - Headlice
Refer to Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources link - Foxes
Refer to Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources link - Rabbits
Rodents (Rats and Mice)
Refer to SA Health link - Rodents
Refer to SA Health link - Scabies
Refer to The Department of Health link - Ticks