Mosquitoes can be a serious nuisance during warmer months because they generally breed in higher numbers.
Occasionally, mosquitoes spread disease-causing viruses such as Ross River, Barmah Forest and Murray Valley encephalitis virus. People travelling interstate and overseas can also be exposed to other mosquito diseases not found in WA, such as Dengue fever.
This is why it is important for you to avoid mosquito bites at all times.
Follow these simple tips to help you and your family avoid mosquito bites:
- avoid outdoor exposure to mosquitoes from dusk and the first few hours after dark
- wear protective (long, loose-fitting) clothing when outdoors
- use a personal repellent containing diethyl toluamide (DEET) or picaridin. The most effective and long-lasting formulations are lotions or gels. Most natural or organic repellents are not as effective as DEET or picaridin. Refer to the Guide to personal protection strategies against Australian mosquitoes (PDF 1MB) (External link)
- install insect screens on doors and windows of homes, and on enclosed outdoor recreation areas
- use mosquito nets and mosquito-proof tents if camping/living outdoors and
- ensure infants and children are adequately protected, preferably with suitable clothing, bed nets or other forms of insect screening.
For further information on mosquito-borne diseases and management refer to:
Reporting a mosquito problem in your local area - For information on mosquito control in your local area or to report mosquito problems please contact your Local Government Environmental Health.
For information on mosquito-borne diseases and mosquito management programs please contact the Environmental Health Directorate on (08) 9285 5500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org