How to stop the spread: are you a carrier?
Good hygiene practices are essential: start out clean and stay clean. This is much easier if you stick to paths or roads and avoid wet areas.
If you’re part of a walking/adventuring group, it would be great if hygiene for plant & animal health was discussed before each field activity along with the obligatory reminders for human health on sun care, water intake etc. Download our flier and help stop the spread of Phytophthora Dieback.
An easy and effective method to disinfect your shoes, bike tyres and any gear that touches the ground is to use a spray bottle with 70% methylated spirits:
- In a 1 litre spray bottle (these are widely available), carefully pour 700 ml of methylated spirits. Using a funnel makes it a much safer job.
- Then fill to top with water, replace spray nozzle and shake the bottle gently to mix.
- Use a scrubbing brush or stick to get dirt and mud out of the treads of your boots or wheels, then spray with the 70% methylated spirits.