Mozzie misery

UNSEASONAL heavy rains and high water levels in the Swan River are making Maylands a mosquito mating capital.

Bayswater mayor Barry McKenna says they’re likely to see a “spike in numbers” after the rains and they’re rolling out the six-wheeled amphibious mozzie buster to treat hard-to-reach breeding areas.

The wee ATV cost council $30,000 in 2014, but Mr McKenna says it’s a “serious and effective piece of kit” and the six-wheeler’s flexibility “means we can treat more potential breeding sites”.

• Perfect for mozzies, but not so charming for residents: Fears of a mozzie plague following unseasonal rains has Bayswater council ramping up its eradication program. Photo by Steve Grant

• Perfect for mozzies, but not so charming for residents: Fears of a mozzie plague following unseasonal rains has Bayswater council ramping up its eradication program. Photo by Steve Grant

Bats

The city’s also trialling a more environmentally-friendly (and adorable) method of mosquito control—bats.

They’ve installed bat boxes at key points near the waters because the marsupials love to snack on mosquito babies.

Bassendean’s also been plagued by mozzies so Bayswater’s working with neighbouring councils.

“That’s an important part of protecting our residents,” Cr McKenna says, noting the bugs “don’t recognise local government boundaries.”

by DAVID BELL

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