Avoid mosquito bites
Protect yourself against mosquito bites. Not only are they irritating, mozzie bites can also spread disease.
Different types of disease-carrying mosquitoes can bite at different times of the day, so it’s important to be vigilant at all times.
- Install or repair insect screens on all doors and windows, especially in sleeping areas. Use insect repellent containing DEET or Picaridin, to protect against mosquito bites.
- Read and follow all directions and precautions on the mosquito repellent product label, especially for infants. As a general rule, repellent is not recommended for infants under the age of two months (babies under two months can be protected with light coloured clothing covering their arms and legs).
- For young children, apply just enough repellent to cover exposed skin, re-apply every four hours and avoid applying repellent to a child’s hands or near their eyes or mouth. Do not allow children under five years to apply repellent to themselves.
- Wear long, loose clothing to help protect yourself from bites (light coloured clothes are best).
- Use a plug-in insecticide vaporiser (indoors) or mosquito coils (outdoors).
- Use a mosquito net when camping.
For additional advice on mosquito protection see the Queensland Government’s ‘Beating the Bite of Mosquito Born Disease – A Guide To Personal Protection Strategies Against Australian Mosquitoes. Source: Queensland Government