We love getting outdoors while the weather is warm. The problem is – so do the mosquitoes. They’re not just annoying; some mozzies can transmit serious diseases.
There are simple things you can do to Beat the bite!
Protect yourself and your family from mosquito-borne disease:
Wear loose-fitting clothing when outdoors.
Use mosquito repellents containing DEET or picaridin on exposed skin.
Try to limit outdoor activity if lots of mosquitoes are about (usually dusk and dawn).
Make sure there is no stagnant water where mosquitoes can breed around your home.
On holidays make sure your accommodation is properly fitted with mosquito netting or screens.
Don’t forget the kids – it’s safer to spray or rub insect repellents on their clothes rather than directly onto their skin.
Use these checklists to protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes
Beat the bite! resources
The following resources are available for download and use by councils and community organisations to raise awareness of mosquito season.
If you would like to order any of these resources, please visit our order page.
Videos are available to be viewed on the Better Health Channel Youtube channel. These videos may be embedded on your website using the Youtube embed code.
Consumer information fact sheets on mosquito-borne diseases:
The following fact sheets can be linked to on the Better Health Channel.
Where can I get help?
- If you have any concerns about your health, see your doctor or call NURSE-ON-CALL Tel. 1300 60 60 24
- Department of Health and Human Services, Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Unit. Tel. 1300 651 160
- Your local council.