An increase in the number of mosquito larvae has resulted in the Shire of Capel health team kicking off its first helicopter treatment for the season this week.
The helicopter disperses a granular larvicide, formulated to have minimal impact on the aquatic environment, to wetland breeding areas to prevent the emergence of adult mosquitoes within the first 24 to 48 hours of application.
In past month the health team conducted larval monitoring and adult trapping to record the number of mosquitos breeding in known wetland areas with the aim to try and reduce the incidence of Ross River and Barmah Forest virus.
The health team will continue to monitor the mosquito population and conduct future helicopter treatments based on monitoring results as the weather conditions permit. For further information please speak to an Environmental Health Officer by calling 9727 0222.