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Beat the bite!

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Bayside City Council is working with the Victorian Government to combat the spread of mosquitoes this summer.

Forecasts of increased risk of rain and floods have been predicated this year due to La Nina. Fortunately, the predicted heavy rainfall over winter and spring did not take place, but we are now seeing isolated areas, particularly around the coast, receive some rain. 

 This could lead to ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes that can spread disease. High numbers of mosquitoes are expected to continue over the summer months across Victoria.

Mosquitoes can carry diseases such as Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus, and Murray Valley Encephalitis (MVE) – all serious, infectious and potentially life-threatening in the case of MVE.

While the risk of catching one of these diseases is low, we want to be sure you make the most of this Summer so we’re sharing these simple steps to help everyone protect themselves and their family from mosquito bites.

The ‘Beat the bite’ top tips are:

  • Cover up. Wear long, loose fitting clothing because mosquitoes can bite through tight fitting clothing.
  • Use effective mosquito repellents containing DEET or picaridin on all exposed skin. If you’re hosting an event or other outdoor activity, consider providing insect repellent to staff and patrons.
  • Control mosquito numbers. There’s a wide range of ‘knockdown sprays’ or vaporising devices for inside use, including for caravans.
  • Install flywire screens on all windows and self-closing wire screens on doors.
  • Make sure mosquitoes can't breed around your property by removing stagnant water at least every week. This includes in flowerpots, tyres, buckets, tins, bird baths and pet bowls.
  • Empty children’s wading pools when not being used and keep fishponds stocked with fish.
  • Use screens when camping. Mosquito nets or screens will help keep mosquitoes out of tents and added protection can be provided by treating the nets with an appropriate insecticide.
  • Limit outdoor activity at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

If you have any concerns about your health, talk to your doctor or call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 606 024.

For more information visit: Better Health Channel - https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/beat-the-bite