Mosquitoes

Overview

There are over 60 different species of mosquito in the Byron Shire but only a small number cause nuisance-biting problems or spread disease-causing pathogens.

Mosquitoes are a natural part of the local environment and provide food for a range of fish, frogs, birds, bats and other insects. Mosquito problems in Byron Shire are generally greater close to the coast as this is where the most productive mosquito habitats occur in association with estuarine wetlands and coastal swamp forests.

As well as breeding in natural environments, some pest mosquitoes breed in backyard habitats.  

Follow the link to the NSW Health website for information on public health risks associated with mosquitos.

What can you do?

Mosquitoes need water and a small amount of nutrient to breed. Your assistance and regular maintenance in the yard can help in the eradication of certain potential disease carrying mosquitoes.

  • Avoid outdoor activity around dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Use an effect repellent. (The best mosquito repellents contain Diethl Toluamide (DEET less than 20%) or Picaridin, so check the label).
  • Cover up as much as possible. Wear light coloured, loose fitting clothing and sensible footwear.

Around the home

  • Install flywire screens on all windows and self-closing wire screens on doors. Check them regularly and mend any holes.
  • Dispose of all containers and other items collecting water in which mosquitoes can breed.
  • Empty and wipe out all containers such as bird baths and other receptacles at least once a week. Remove pot plant bases or fill bases with sand.
  • Screen all openings to tanks with 1mm mesh of stainless steel or other durable material.
  • Maintain guttering and downpipes in clean and good repair to prevent pooling of water.
  • Remove leaves and debris from roof guttering regularly so water cannot accumulate.
  • Keep fishponds stocked with fish.
  • Keep vegetation in yard well maintained and mow lawns regularly.