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Mosquito bites and health risks

The City is involved in mosquito research and management on public land but residents are responsible for management on their own property. 

Mosquitoes pass on diseases including Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus. Pets are also at risk of contracting heartworm from parasitic worms passed on by mosquitoes.

Minimise the impact of mosquitoes

Take simple preventative safety measures whilst outdoors such as:

  • Applying personal insect repellent (read directions for safe application)
  • Covering up by wearing light coloured loose-fitting long sleeve shirts and long pants
  • Avoiding outdoor exposure to mosquitoes from dusk and the first few hours after dark.

Minimise breeding sources on your property such as: 

  • Stagnant fish ponds and swimming pools
  • Pot plants that hold water
  • Inside stems of certain plants
  • Containers like wheel barrows, wading pools, bird baths and tyres
  • Turn over small boats or cover with a tarp and ensure it does not collect water
  • Ensure fly screens are fitted and well maintained on doors and windows
  • Keep drains and gutters clean so water will drain
  • Aerate ornamental pools with a fountain or stock them with fish
  • Use yellow light bulbs for outdoor lighting during times of high mosquito numbers.

For more information on how to minimise the impact of mosquitoes please view the documents below.

Fight the Bite

Fight the Bite is an initiative of the Government of South Australia. In Western Australia this program is sponsored by the WA Department of Health.

Please refer to the documents below for more information on how to Fight the Bite.

European wasps

European wasps are a significant pest, they attack bee hives, damage fruit crops and can inflict serious and life threatening stings.

Report a European wasp sighting

To report any sightings of European wasps please contact as soon as possible the Department of Agriculture and Food on 1800 084 881.

More information is available on the Department of Agriculture and Food website.

Alternatively, please view the documents below.

Stable fly

The stable fly (Stomoxys calcitrans), also sometimes called the biting fly, is a pest insect, mainly biting horses and cattle, but also humans, dogs and other animals. Stable flies commonly breed in manure and rotting vegetable matter such as lawn clippings or soiled straw. It is the landowner's responsibility to ensure adequate control measures are in place to prevent stable fly breeding.

Residents should report excessive numbers or breeding of stable flies to the Department of Agriculture and Food on 1800 084 881 or the City's Health Services on 08 9394 5000.

For more information on stable flies please visit the Department of Agriculture and Food website.


Page Last Reviewed 13 December 2019