Everyone should watch out for mosquitoes! With large rainfall this spring, we are expecting more mosquitoes and protecting against mosquito bites isn’t expensive or complicated.

Beat the Bite!

Everyone should watch out for mosquitoes!

With large rainfall this spring, we are expecting more mosquitoes and protecting against mosquito bites isn’t expensive or complicated.

Here are some simple self protection measures to prevent getting bitten and reduce the risk of being infected with mosquito-borne disease.

Wear loose fitting clothing. Cover up as much as possible.

  • Use mosquito repellents that contains picaridin or DEET on all exposed skin to avoid being bitten.
  • Make sure your accommodation is mosquito-proof. Use mosquito nets or screens when camping. Maintain fly screens on windows, doors and vents.
  • Make sure there is no stagnant water around your home. Remove disused pots and tyres, clean gutters, put sand around the base of pot plants and change pet drinking bowl at least once a week.
  • Use knockdown sprays, plug in zapper, vaporisers or mosquito coils. Consider spraying with pyrethrins or synthetic alternatives as they have low toxicity and are safe for humans. Also consider using these products inside vehicles, including four wheel drives and caravans when travelling in mosquito infected areas.

Taking steps to protect yourself and your family against mosquito bites is important, because some mosquitoes can carry diseases which are serious, and in some cases life-threatening.

If you have any concerns about your health talk to your doctor or call NURSE-ON-Call 1300 60 60 24.

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Last updated: July 2017

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