Mosquitoes are a natural part of our environment. They can be a nuisance, and when they bite, some can spread serious disease such as Ross River virus or Barmah Forest virus infections. Both infections can be debilitating to humans and symptoms can include rash, flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, headaches, joint and muscle pains (swelling or stiffness), fatigue, depression and being generally unwell. Using simple personal and household protection measures allows us to live with mosquitoes and reduce the risk of disease.
Council in conjunction with SA Health undertake a range of mosquito monitoring and control services, which are determined by the risk of the season (i.e. low or high). Council maintains a seasonal mosquito monitoring and control program with monitoring sites established at Loxton, Loxton North, Moorook, Kingston-on-Murray and Waikerie.
Biting midges are also reported as causing nuisance to residents living close to floodplain areas of the River Murray. Council's biting midge factsheet provides more information here.