Mosquito season is coming. Are you prepared?

This summer is set to be longer, hotter and more humid than any previous summer on record.

Meaning one thing is inevitable.

As the temperatures rise and moisture levels increase, the number of mosquitoes are going to increase.

Heavy rains or increased humidity make ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes. If you live in an area with high mosquito numbers, you need to be prepared. 

We know they're annoying and can cause a nasty itch. But mosquitoes are also potentially dangerous as they can carry viruses causing serious health conditions and potentially death. These viruses include:

There are some simple measures you can take to avoid mosquito bites and reduce your risk of catching mosquito-borne diseases.

According to betterhealth.vic.gov.au these include:

Mosquito bites are common among young children. As they are too young to be aware of the potential threat, it is important to take precautions to protect them. If a child is playing outside and mosquitoes are present, always put some kind of protective cream or spray on all their exposed skin to prevent them from being bitten. As you would yourself, dress young children with a long loose shirt or top and long pants where possible. Insect nets over prams will help keep mosquitoes away from babies.

Please stay safe this summer. 

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito

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