There are over 60 different species of mosquito in the Byron Shire but only a small number cause nuisance-biting problems or spread disease.
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 are generally greater close to the coast. As well as breeding in natural environments, some pest mosquitoes breed in backyards.
Tackling Mosquitoes Together
Tackling Mosquitoes Together is a pilot behaviour change program to reduce the disease risks and nuisance of mosquitoes in homes and communities in the Northern Rivers.
To make it easy for you to reduce the risks, we have developed the Tackling Mosquitoes Together SMS program.
The SMS program includes:
- helpful tips and reminders to reduce mozzies in your backyard
- handy hints about how to protect yourself, your family and community from mozzies
- fun videos, images and links to more information.
- SMS will also be sent based on seasonal and weather factors, including tides and rain fall.
You also get an education pack of resources and mozzie repellent.
Join the program and start taking action in your backyard today. Sign up at the Tackling Mosquitoes Together website
Tips to protect yourself from 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 fly 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 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.
- 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.