Protect yourself from mosquito-borne disease

Warm and wet weather can mean more mosquito biting and breeding, including the ones that can carry diseases that make you sick. Your only protection against mosquitoes and the diseases they can carry is to avoid mozzie bites.  

  • Mozzies can bite through tight clothing. Cover up - wear long, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Limit outdoor activity if lots of mosquitoes are about.
  • Remove stagnant water where mosquitoes can breed around your home or campsite.
  • On holidays make sure your accommodation is fitted with mosquito netting or screens
  • Use ’knockdown’ fly spray, mosquito coils or plug-in repellent where you gather to sit or eat outdoors.
  • Don’t forget the kids – always check the insect repellent label. On babies, you might need to spray or rub repellent on their clothes instead of their skin. Avoid applying repellent to the hands of babies or young children.

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!

The Shire doesn’t currently participate in a mosquito control program or spraying program. For further information regarding mosquitoes refer to:

With regards to Buruli Ulcer, the Shire continues to support the Doherty Institute, Victorian Government Department of Health and other agencies in the Beating Buruli in Victoria research project. Further information is available at Beating Buruli in Victoria