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Pest Control

The Shires pest control program is focused mainly on combating fly breeding at the rubbish tip, baiting or eliminating known or potential mosquito breeding areas and spraying for adult mosquitoes when necessary.

Residents can assist in reducing fly breeding by wrapping all food wastes before placing it in rubbish bins and ensuring the correct use of compost bins.

In relation to mosquito breeding, residents can assist by checking their yards and surrounds. Things to look out
for are containers and objects that may be retaining water and providing habitats for ‘back yard’ breeding. Some of the common backyard breeding sites to look out for include:-

  • Containers that can hold water eg; old tyres, toys, buckets etc;
  • Rain water tanks that are not screened properly;                                                                                   
  • Ornamental ponds;
  • Poorly maintained septic systems; and
  • Pot plant drip trays.

If you have a mosquito problem at your home or place of business it is more than likely to be a localised problem caused by one or more of the above factors. As mosquitoes can be vectors of debilitating and even potentially fatal diseases, it is very important that the community take responsible action to eliminate breeding sites around the home and work place.  

Do Not Spray Register Beekeepers

As part of the Shire of Exmouth's mosquito management strategy the application of mosquito adulticides may be undertaken in times after heavy rainfall, in areas with ongoing nuisance mosquito's or increased risk of mosquito borne viruses. adulticides are usually applied using a truck mounted sprayer, the sprayers dispense small amounts of insecticides as very fine aerosol droplets which minimise exposure and risks to people and the environment. 

Notice to the public will be given well in advance of any adulticide occurring, however due to the nature of beekeeping practices you may wish to add your property to the no spray register to receive direct notification. Your property will be placed on a register which will be given to the pest control operator who will ensure no adulticides are applied to your property.

To register your property or for more information contact the Shire on 9949 3000.

Frequently Asked Questions

What chemical is being applied?

We will be using Garrards Pyretherin Drift, if you would like more information on the product please contact the Shire of Exmouth's Health Services or see the following links:

Gerrards Pyrethrin Drift Insecticide SDS and label.

How is the chemical applied?

A licensed pest control operator will be driving a vehicle mounted fogger slowly down each of the streets listed.

Is the product safe?

Pyrethrins are very toxic to fish and other aquatic organisms, however they have little residual activity and breakdown rapidly upon exposure to sunlight. All chemicals carry a risk with them, but used correctly and to label requirements this risk is reduced. If you don't want the vehicle to fog outside your property please contact the Shire of Exmouth Health Services 9949 3000, 0429 881 918 or health@exmouth.wa.gov.au.

Do I need to bring my pets inside?

As a precaution where possible keep animals in an enclosed area or towards the rear of the property, but they shouldn't experience any concerns if they come into contact with the drift. Cover any fish ponds with a tarp or something similar while the fogging is occurring.

Can I eat fruit/ vegetables from my trees or garden after the fogging?

The chemical used is a non residual chemical, but if you do collect fruit or vegetables from your garden the night of the treatment wash them prior to eating them as a precaution.

Do I need to close windows or turn off the air conditioner?

It is advisable to close windows and turn off the airconditioner while the drift is present.

What is the current status of mosquito borne virus?

There has been no notifications received by the Shire for Ross River virus or Barmah Forest virus. There also has been no detection of Murray Valley Encephalitis or Kunjin virus.

How can I stop mosquito from breeding in my backyard?

Check to make sure you don't have anything in your backyard that can hold water such as tyres or old drums. Make sure your septic tanks are completely sealed and the mosquito proof cowl on your vents is in good condition.

Do mosquitoes breed in grass?

No, mosquitoes need a permanent water body for at least 3 days to complete breeding cycles.

If you have any further questions please contact the Shire of Exmouth Health Services on 9949 3000, 0429 881 918 or health@exmouth.wa.gov.au.