Enjoy the great outdoors, mozzie bite free

24 January 2023

Summer is a great time to get outdoors with the whole family. Just like we love the warm weather, so do mosquitoes (mozzies).

Some mozzies in NSW can carry viruses like the Japanese encephalitis virus, that can make you very sick. With more mozzies buzzing around, enjoy your time outdoors this summer by taking the steps to protect:

  1. Spray up: Wear and reapply repellent.Repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus should be used on all areas of exposed skin and reapplied regularly. Apply sunscreen first, followed by repellent, so you can stay safe from the sun and mozzie bites.
  2. Cover up: Wear light coloured, loose-fitting long-sleeved shirts, long pants and covered footwear with socks when outside.
  3. Screen up: Close doors and windows when indoors, or install fly screens where possible to keep mozzies out.
  4. Clean up: Mozzies breed in stagnant water. Remove items around your home that might collect water such as old tyres, children's toys and empty pots. Think about improving drainage around your home to ensure water doesn’t become stagnant.

Following these simple steps will help to protect you and your community from mozzie bites and illnesses, so you can relax and enjoy the outdoors, bite free.

The latest information on mosquitoes and bite prevention can be found at www.health.nsw.gov.au/keepmozziesaway