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Mosquitoes monitored

Robert DoughertyNorth West Telegraph

Mosquitoes have been warned to buzz off this wet season with the Town of Port Hedland taking steps to minimise their numbers.

ToPH environmental health teams began completing detailed inspections of standing water sites, setting baits and made more than 700 chemical applications last week to prevent local mosquito larvae from emerging into adults.

A ToPH spokeswoman said the monitoring activities were comprehensive after recent heavy rains to identify areas where mosquito numbers have increased.

Residents are also encouraged to help minimise mosquito breeding areas by emptying any unwanted and standing water from containers such as tyres or drums, keeping swimming pools well chlorinated and filtered, and filling or draining depressions in the ground.

The community is advised to protect themselves from the insects by minimising outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk, wearing loose clothing covering arms and legs, avoiding camping in mangroves and low-lying areas and using a personal repellent and insect screens.

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