Mozzie plague blankets our towns

January 03, 2018

MOSQUITOES are out in force across Echuca-Moama.

MOSQUITOES are out in force across Echuca-Moama.

The record rain fall the twin towns received early December combined with the warm weather has provided a perfect breeding ground for the pests.

And the worst affected areas are wide spread.

Commenting on the Riverine Herald’s Facebook page the public voiced their concerns about the hot spot for mozzies.

Sharee Sinclair said ‘‘we just attempted to walk down Illawarra Drive to check out the Christmas lights and lasted five minutes. We were eaten alive.’’

Margii Moore said Echuca’s Woodlands Circuit is a no-go-zone.

‘‘Go outside, day or night, and immediately you have dozens on your clothing, face, arms, legs or any other place that is exposed,’’ she said.

Deb Smith said they are everywhere near their property on Murray Valley Hwy.

‘‘When you get out of the car you have to run to get in the front door,’’ she said.

‘‘Out of control, without a lie there were more than 200 mozzies on my horse the other night. We’re in Wharparilla,’’ Kerrie Taylor said.

‘‘Sutton street. They are swarming, they’re little helicopters,’’ Jack Crimmins said.

Renee Leo said after Westwood Park was inundated with water in the floods, the mozzies are out in force.

‘‘Where the water was pumped into the paddocks behind the house. And are still covered in water,’’ she said.

‘‘Massive ones in Blair St, Moama,’’ Kerry Brown said.

Other hot spots include:

Francis St, Torrumbarry, Bamawm, Cohuna, Lockington, Thyra Rd, Minor St, Thursday Rd, Mt Terricks Rd, around Echuca hospital and Echuca East.

Campaspe Shire adopted the Arbovirus and Mosquito Management Plan 2017-2020 at the December council meeting.

Mayor Adrian Weston said mosquitoes found within our region are pests with the capacity to transmit disease and as such it’s important to have strategies in place to manage infestations and potential health risks associated with diseased species.

“In 2016/17 more than 2000 Victorians fell victim to the most common mosquito borne disease, Ross River Virus (RRV) so its essential we have a clear and concise plan in place to control mosquito populations and provide educational initiatives,” he said.

The plan aims to:

■Protect community health and minimise the impact of mosquito borne disease.

■Provide emergency response in the event of a mosquito borne disease outbreak.

■Educate residents and visitors to our shire on the risks posed by local mosquito populations, steps to take to protect themselves and prevention methods for mosquito breeding around the home.

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