Beat the Bite

In Victoria, some mosquitoes can carry diseases such as Ross River Virus and Barmah Forest Virus, which may be passed onto people through mosquito bites.

There are some simple precautions people can take to prevent mosquito bites and control mosquito numbers around the home:

• Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
• Wear long, loose-fitting clothing, preferably light in colour.
• Apply insect repellent containing Diethylm-toluamide (DEET) or pircaridin to your skin. Follow the directions on the repellent’s label and take care when using on small children.
• Check flywire screens on windows to ensure they are free of large holes or tears.
• Prevent pools of water forming – remove or empty once per week any unused tins, tyres, flowerpots and bird baths to restrict potential breeding grounds.
• If you have a rainwater tank, ensure that it is well sealed and inlet pipes are a close fitting.

For further information on mosquito prevention and control, please visit the Victorian Government’s Better Health website or contact Council’s Coordinator Public Health & Regulatory Services, Tim Rose on 5398 0100.