Beat the Bite! Get the Facts on Mozzies
There are simple ways you can Beat the bite! and protect yourself and your family.
Wear loose-fitting clothing when outdoors
- Mosquitoes can bite through tight-fitting clothes.
- Make sure cuffs around ankles and wrists are firm.
Use effective mosquito repellents on exposed skin
- Products containing picaridin or DEET are the most effective. The greater the strength, the longer the duration of protection.
- Use repellents according to the product label, and reapply frequently, particularly after swimming, showering or heavy sweating.
Protect Babies and Small Children
- Use mosquito repellents safely and follow the instructions on the product label.
- Never allow young children to apply their own repellent.
- Choose a lower strength repellent (no more than 20 per cent picaridin or DEET) and apply a thin, even layer as required.
- Cover their skin as much as possible.
- Dress them in loose fitting clothes.
- Drape mosquito nets over prams, strollers and infant carriers, ensuring there are no gaps.
Mosquito-proof Your Holiday
Ensure your accommodation is mosquito‑proof
- Check that your accommodation, including caravans, are fitted with well maintained fly screens.
- Use mosquito nets in tents and cabins.
Don’t forget to pack repellent and long, loose clothing
- Check you’ve packed plenty of mosquito repellent containing picaridin or DEET.
- Take long, loose-fitting clothes for all the family, including the kids.
- Take some mosquito coils or repellent candles – they can be effective in small outdoor areas.
Mosquito-proof Your Home
Try to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home
- Maintain fly screens on windows, doors and vents.
- Use ‘knockdown’ sprays, plug-in “zapper” vaporisers or mosquito coils.
- Ceiling or floor fans can reduce mozzies.
- Remember, try to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home in the first place!
Remove stagnant water so mosquitoes can’t breed
- Remove disused pots and tyres.
- Cover or overturn trailers, wheelbarrows, boats and tools.
- Clean gutters and drains and mend leaking taps.
- Change pet drinking bowls, bird baths and vase waters at least once a week.
- Put sand around the base of pot plants.
- Keep swimming pools well maintained or empty.
- Keep fish ponds tidy with minimal vegetation.
- Keep lawns and gardens trimmed back.
Check your rainwater tank or water storage devices
- Water tanks must be completely sealed. Check lids, covers and inlet pipes for any gaps.
- Fit removable screen mesh to the outlet end of overflow pipes and to all inlets.
- Make sure any water collection containers have secure lids or screens.
For more information visit www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au and Beat the Bite!