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Avoid mosquito bites

Protect yourself against mosquito bites.  Not only are they irritating, mozzie bites can also spread disease.

Different types of disease-carrying mosquitoes can bite at different times of the day, so it's important to be vigilant at all times.

  • Use insect repellent containing DEET or Picaridin, particularly during daylight hours when the dengue mosquito is most active.
    • Read and follow all directions and precautions on the mosquito repellent product label, especially for infants.  As a general rule, repellent is not recommended for infants under the age of two months (babies under two months can be protected with light coloured clothing covering their arms and legs).
    • For young children, apply just enough repellent to cover exposed skin, re-apply every four hours and avoid applying repellent to a child's hands or near their eyes or mouth. Do not allow children under five years to apply repellent to themselves.
  • Wear long, loose clothing to help protect yourself from bites (light coloured clothes are best)
  • Use a plug-in insecticide vaporiser (indoors) or mosquito coils (outdoors)
  • Use a mosquito net over beds
  • Install or repair insect screens on all doors and windows, especially in sleeping areas.

Read more in the Guide to personal protection strategies (PDF, 1.92MB)

DIY spraying your home

Simple, preventive action can be taken in and around the home to kill the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The mosquito is often found in dark areas around your home such as under beds and other furniture.

This video shows you how to spray your home with household residual surface spray to kill these mosquitoes. Please use residual surface spray according to the manufacturer’s directions. These sprays last a minimum of six weeks. If you have a respiratory condition or sensitivity you should have somebody else do the spraying for you, or alternatively seek advice from your doctor before commencing spraying.

Reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home

  • Remove potential mosquito breeding sites. Some mosquitos lay their eggs in containers found in domestic environments—near humans, so extra care needs to be taken to remove breeding sites around the home.
  • Keep your lawns mowed.
  • Kill adult mosquitoes with surface insecticide—occasionally spray in dark hiding places, such as under furniture, inside cupboards and behind curtains.
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Last updated
4 March 2016

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