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Controlling mosquito breeding after floods

Mosquito numbers can increase after floods, storms and cyclones as standing water from heavy rainfall and flooding provides the perfect conditions for mosquito breeding. Increased numbers of mosquitoes lead to an increased risk of being bitten and mosquito-borne diseases.

Protecting you and your family

You can reduce the number of potential breeding sites around your home by:

Rain or floodwater may have also collected in containers around your yard, so make sure you tip the water out of the containers and store them in a dry place, or place them in the rubbish bin. Common mosquito breeding sites include:

Rainwater tanks can also be a potential breeding site for mosquitoes. You can reduce risk by:

Avoid being bitten

There are several simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of being bitten by mosquitoes:

See a doctor immediately if you become unwell with fever, headache, skin rash, joint or muscle pain.

Further information

Last Updated: 14 December 2015
Last Reviewed: 28 October 2013

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