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Remove potential mosquito breeding sites

Under the Public Health Act, you could be fined by your local council if you are breeding mosquitoes around your home.

Check the following areas around your home weekly for evidence of mosquitoes or mosquito larvae and tip out, throw out or dry store items that can hold water.

  • Tip out any water in things like plastic containers, tarpaulins or buckets.
  • Store anything that can hold water undercover or in a dry place, including work equipment, surplus materials or trailers, and keep bins covered.
  • Throw out any rubbish lying around like unused or empty containers, tyres, additional materials and keep worksites tidy.

Potential household mosquito breeding sites

Download brochures with tips to help you remove potential mosquito breeding sites.

Dengue mosquitoes

Dengue mosquitoes only live where there are people. These mosquitoes live inside your house and hide in dark areas; their bites often go unnoticed - you may not realise you are being bitten. The female dengue mosquito needs to feed on humans to produce eggs. These mosquitoes prefer to lay their eggs in containers found in domestic environments—near humans. They:

  • only lay eggs in containers that hold water
  • only breed in containers found around houses, buildings and work yards (near humans)
  • do not breed in rivers, swamps, creeks, bush land or mangroves.

Dengue mosquitoes only need a small amount of water to lay their eggs and in 7-10 days there can be lots of adult dengue mosquitoes around your home. It only takes one dengue mosquito infected with the dengue virus to spread dengue fever.

The more dengue mosquitoes there are, the quicker dengue fever can spread. This is why it is very important that you check your home or workplace at least once a week for any of the potential dengue mosquito breeding sites, such as those listed above.


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Last updated
4 March 2016

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