Mosquito Control

Due to the presence of mosquitoes around town the Shire will be undertaking a fogging program from the 25 March to 1 April 2021.

When the weather conditions permit a vehicle mounted fogger will be moving through all areas except for the following:

  • Preston Street, Heron Way and Catalina Close
  • Light Industrial Area & Wilderness Estate
  • Town Centre – Thew Street, Learmonth Street to Fyfe Street and Maidstone Crescent
  • Marina Area from Maidstone to Cobia Close including Neale Cove.
  • Any residence who wishes to have the fogger turned off when passing by.

 

The product used is Garrards Pyrethrin Drift and the Safety Data Sheet can be found below.

Update 25/03/2021

  • Fogging will commence from the 26th, weather permitting.
  • Those who have registered with the Shire not to have the fogging occur will have the fogger turned off around their premise.
    Please note the machine will STILL MAKE NOISE, but NO MIST will be coming out.
  • As previously householders with caged birds or fish ponds may wish to cover their cages and ponds to prevent exposure of their animals.
  • Where possible, keep animals in an enclosed area or towards the rear of the property.
  • Close windows and turn off air conditioners while the drift is present.
  • Avoid contact with the drift and don’t let children approach the vehicle.
  • Check your backyard for mosquito breeding, don’t forget your septic and water tanks.
  • Avoid being outside during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are at their most active.

 

Some areas will have the fogging scheduled for the morning (dawn), not evening. These are Mixed Commercial and the Market Street Development (see pictures).

  

 

What can you do?

  • Request the fogging equipment to be turned off when going past your residence. This can be due to respiratory sensitivities, bee keeping or other concerns. If you would like the fogger to be turned off please send through your name, street address and contact phone number to info@exmouth.wa.gov.au or ring 9949 3000 by the 24th March 2021.
  • Householders with caged birds or fish ponds may wish to cover their cages and ponds to prevent exposure of their animals.
  • Where possible keep animals in an enclosed area or towards the rear of the property.
  • Close windows and turn off air conditioners while the drift is present.
  • Avoid contact with the drift and don’t let children approach the vehicle.
  • Check your backyard for mosquito breeding, don’t forget your septic and water tanks.
  • Avoid being outside during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are at their most active.

 

If you have any questions please go to our FAQ section on our website or contact Health Services 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.