Beat the bite (Mosquitoes)

Buruli ulcer (also known as Bairnsdale ulcer) is an infection of skin and soft tissue caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium ulcerans. With cases steadily increasing in Victoria, particularly on the Southern Peninsula, early detection and protecting yourself from potential sources of infection such as soil and insect bites are key.  Learn more about Buruli Ulcers.

We love getting outdoors while the weather is warm. The problem is – so do the mosquitoes. While most are just annoying, some mosquitoes can transmit serious diseases. Fortunately only a few species of mosquitoes found in Australia bite humans and fewer still are carriers of disease.

It makes sense to protect yourself from mosquito bites while outdoors. Use mosquito repellents containing DEET or picaridin on exposed skin and don’t forget the kids – it’s safer to spray or rub insect repellents on their clothes rather than directly onto their skin. For further information on choosing an appropriate mosquito repellent and its application, refer to the FAQ about mosquito repellants.

When mosquitoes are around cover up as much as possible. Wear long, loose-fitting clothes that have secure cuffs around the ankles and wrists so mosquitoes can’t fly under your clothes. Ensure to cover as much exposed skin as possible and remember that mosquitoes can bite through tight fitting clothing. Try to limit outdoor activity if lots of mosquitoes are about, usually dusk and dawn but remember that some species living on the Mornington Peninsula prefer to bite in the day time! Their preferred hide out is around your home in the shade so ensure to implement precautionary measures whenever outdoors.

You can reduce the risk of mosquito bites if you get rid of potential mosquito breeding sites around your property. Mosquitoes only need the smallest amount of water to breed and remember, you are the first in line to be bitten by mosquitoes that breed around your home! Follow these simple steps to stop mosquitoes breeding on your property and from getting inside your home

For further information regarding mosquitoes refer to the Better Healths Channel - Beat the Bite page or contact the Shire’s Environmental Health Team on 5950 1050.