Livingstone Shire Council customers may request misting of their area if mosquitoes are deemed problematic. Misting involves the use of a synthetic pyrethroid which is registered for the control of mosquitoes in the community. Misting occurs from the back of a vehicle usually at dawn or dusk. Customers should note that misting should be undertaken only as a last resort, and with the following facts in mind:
Synthetic pyrethroid is not discriminatory – it kills all insects with which it comes into contact, not just mosquitoes, and
Misting is a very temporary treatment as it kills only the adult mosquitoes present on the day of misting.
What you can do to protect yourself, your family and your pets:
Screen all windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes coming inside
While outside wear light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing
Use insect repellent
If you live in an unscreened house or are camping, sleep under a mosquito net
Air conditioning, fans and mosquito coils are also effective in protecting you from mosquitoes.
Residents can play a vital role in reducing mosquitoes around the home. Inspect your house and yard and remove any accumulation of water:
Empty pot plant bases weekly or fill the base with sand to absorb water
Wash out bromeliads and other water-holding plants weekly
Clean out roof gutters regularly and trim back trees which can block gutters
Ensure rainwater tanks are screened
Maintain swimming pools, and
Wash out birdbaths, fishponds and ornamental pools weekly, and where possible stock with suitable native fish.