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:
- Wear long, loose fitting clothes if mosquitoes are around
- Use effective mosquito repellents containing DEET or picaridin on all exposed skin
- Try to limit outdoor activity if lots of mosquitoes are about
- Dusk and dawn is when most mosquitoes are more active but some will also bite during the day
- Use ‘knockdown’ sprays and plug-in devices indoors
- Sleep under mosquito nets treated with insecticides if you don’t have flywire screens on windows
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.