Mozzie Monitors is a citizen science initiative to increase mosquito surveillance, thereby improving public health.
They combine mosquito monitoring with community participation through two different methods (using mozzie traps and/or a smartphone app). Through this engagement, citizen scientists across Australia have been able to collect mosquitoes of medical importance in their backyards, as well as help improve our knowledge of mosquito fauna.
Their next big project is ‘Mozzie Month’, which is a short (6 week) mosquito surveillance season. Mozzie Month will run from Feb 2nd to Mar 16th 2021. It will run at several locations across Australia. This is an event registered and is in line with the WHO Global Vector Control Response 2017-30.
If you are interested in becoming a citizen scientist and contribute to mosquito surveillance, please fill in this form so Mozzie Monitors can contact you soon with more information.
What Do You Need To Do
Using the iNaturalist platform. You can participate from anywhere in Australia. You need to have an account on iNaturalist (inaturalist.org) and submit your observations of mosquitoes. These data are valuable to explore species diversity and distribution. You can use either the app or the web-based platform.
Please consider following Mozzie Monitors on their social media; they share photos and curiosities about mosquitoes, news about mosquito-borne diseases, and the latest updates about their project.
- Website: www.mozziemonitors.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mozziemonitorsproject
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/mozziemonitors
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mozziemonitors
- iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/mozzie-monitors-australia?tab=observations
Dr Cameron Webb is an Assoc Professor of Medical Entomology at Sydney University, and we asked him if Lane Cove residents should be concerned about Ross River Fever.
He told ITC:
“There are a few mosquitoes about but I suspect the areas around Lane Cove will remain below average until we get some more substantial rain; Ross River virus risk will remain low (but not impossible)”
Dr Webb has written an article about the impact of increased rain and mosquitoes in The Conversation – read more here.
In Dr Webb’s article, he stated:
“There isn’t much we can do to change the weather, but we can take steps to reduce the impacts of mosquitoes.
Wearing insect repellent when outdoors will help reduce your chance of mosquito bites. But it’s also important to tip out, cover-up, or throw away any water-holding containers in our backyard, at least once a week.”
Spike in Ross River Fever Cases in 2020
Last Year there was a spike in Ross River Fever in NSW.
In February 2019, NSW Health issued the following statement:
“Sydney residents are being reminded to protect themselves against mosquito bites, as mosquito trapping at Deepwater Park, Bankstown and Sydney Olympic Park has identified mosquitoes carrying Ross River virus.
- Avoid being outside unprotected at dusk, when mosquitoes are commonly active and cover up as much as possible with light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing and covered footwear.
- Apply mosquito repellent regularly to exposed areas. Repellents containing Diethyl Toluamide or Picaridin recommended. Repellents containing oil of lemon eucalyptus can also provide adequate protection.
- Don’t use repellents on the skin of children under the age of three months. Instead use physical barriers such as netting on prams, cots and play areas.
- Eradicate mosquito breeding sites around the home, including containers that hold water.
- Use flyscreens on windows and doors of houses and keep them in good order.
- When camping, use flyscreens, or sleep under mosquito nets. “
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