The Subi Kids Crew joined the fight against mosquitoes this week at a City of Subiaco event to help control mosquito populations and prevent breeding.
The Lake Jualbup event enabled the kids, who were aged between 7 and 11 years old, to better understand the danger of mosquito-borne viruses and parasites, and the role the City plays in helping to reduce this risk, as well as what residents can do to help.
While at the lake, the kids conducted mosquito surveillance and environmental treatments by setting up a trap to monitor mosquito numbers and identify the species of mosquitoes found in Subiaco.
They also learnt about the City’s mosquito management plan which includes natural methods, such as micro bats, to control population numbers, and planted some important vegetation.
The vegetation – coastal sword-sedges (Noongar name: Kerbein) – provides a microhabitat for invertebrate and vertebrate fauna, many of which are mosquito predators such as fish, birds, frogs and lizards.
City of Subiaco Mayor Penny Taylor said it was great to see the Subi Kids Crew so engaged in activities that benefitted the health and wellbeing of the whole community.
Mosquito numbers generally increase in warmer months, particularly after a wet winter and spring, and the City’s management plan is important to stop viruses and parasites spreading that may cause illness in humans and animals.
Residents can also help to control mosquito numbers by:
- Emptying stagnant water
- Introducing mosquito eating fish to ornamental ponds
- Keeping swimming pools well chlorinated, filtered and free of leaves
- Not overwatering gardens
- Cleaning your gutters of water.
The Subi Kids Crew (SKC) is the City’s junior leadership group for 7 to 11 year olds. This year, the SKC have trained to be honorary rangers, selected new books for Subiaco Library and built their communication skills with puppets. To find out more on SKC, visit www.subiaco.wa.gov.au/kids.
Fight the Bite is a WA Health campaign. For more information, visit www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/fightthebite.