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Mosquito (photo by Zac Declerck)

Mosquito Facts

Mosquitoes are blood sucking insects that are responsible for the transmission of many diseases throughout the human and animal populations of the world. Within Australia there are more than 300 different species of mosquito but only a small number are of major concern.

Several important human diseases are transmitted throughout Australia by these insects including Dengue fever, Australian encephalitis, Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus. Malaria has been transmitted locally in Australia only rarely in recent decades. In addition to being disease vectors, mosquitoes can cause major disruptions, through their persistent biting, to occupational, recreational and social activities.

Mosquito Infestation on Private Property

Knox City Council does not treat mosquito infestations that occur on private property. See section below for information on how to treat mosquito infestations around your home.

If you have observed excessive mosquito activity from a stagnant water source on a neighbouring private property you should initially attempt to discuss this with your neighbour or contact Knox Council’s Health Compliance team on 9298 8000.

Mosquito Infestation on Council Property

Mosquito infestation on Public Land should be reported to Melbourne Water on 131 722 or Knox City Council’s Health Compliance team on 9298 8000.

More Information on Mosquitoes

Visit the Department of Health's Mosquito control around the home page for tips to avoid mosquitoes from breeding and entering your home.

Contact a licensed pest controller to treat mosquito infestations around your home.

If you would like further information about how to treat or avoid mosquito infestation on your property, contact our Health Compliance Unit on 9298 8000 or email

Mosquito photo by Zac Declerck

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