6 Simple Steps to prevent mosquitoes breeding and causing potential health risks.
Mosquitoes can breed in almost any standing water around the home. Ensure containers holding water around your home are regularly changed or emptied weekly.
Rain Harvesting recommends all water tanks are installed with a First Flush Water Diverter which is a simple downpipe attachment that collects the first "flush" of rainwater most likely to carry contaminants and mosquito larvae from the roof.
Gutter guards such as Blue Mountain Mesh and leaf prevention attachments such as Leaf Eaters, Leaf Beaters and Mozzie Stoppas also help minimise mosquito breeding areas.
Having a tank installed with a complete rain harvesting system will:
IMPROVE WATER QUALITY, INCREASE CATCHMENT EFFICIENCY,
PROTECTS PUMPS AND INTERNAL APPLIANCES,
REDUCE TANK MAINTENANCE
Mosquitoes, insects and other pests (such as birds, frogs, snakes) are undesirable elements to have in a rainwater harvesting system and must be kept out of all pipe systems that lead to the water storage vessel and the vessel itself.
Mosquitoes are known to be responsible for the spread of many diseases including Dengue Fever and Ross River Fever. Mosquitoes breed in water and all breeding habitats must be eliminated.
Legislation broadly says that where pipes hold water (in "wet" systems) they must be screened with a non-corrosive screen of not more than 1mm aperture to prevent the entry of mosquitoes and vermin.
Rain Harvesting has developed a range of products that meet legislative requirements and keep pests out of rainwater harvesting systems. These products include rain heads, insect proof screens and hi-flow flap valves, tank screens and vent cowls.
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