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Thursday, 25 November 2021

With the weather warming up, we’re reminding people to protect themselves from mozzie bites and reduce risk around your home.

Mozzies are typical of an Australian summer, but these pesky insects can be more than just a nuisance.

We have been working with NSW Health since 2019 to trap mosquitoes in high-risk locations and detect viruses of public health concern.

In the summer of 2019-20, we trapped 13,480 mosquitoes and found 11 carrying Ross River virus, also known as Ross River fever, or Barmah Forest virus. These virus carrying mosquitoes were found at Narrabeen Lagoon (Deep Creek) and Warriewood Wetlands.  

Barmah Forest Virus was also detected in February 2021 at Narrabeen Lagoon (Deep Creek).

Our trapping program will continue this summer and if any mosquitoes are found to be carrying viruses, a public health alert will be issued.

What you can do to reduce the risk of bites

Start by wearing long, loose-fitting clothing to minimise skin exposure. Choose and apply a repellent containing either Diethyl Toluamide (DEET), Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), and be extra careful at dawn, dusk and in the evening.

There are also lots of things you can do at home.

Here are some handy tips:

  • Keep your lawns moved
  • Remove all water-holding items like containers and kids’ toys
  • Flush out birdbaths and water-holding plants like bromeliads once a week
  • Fill pot plant bases with sand to avoid standing water.

For more information on how to avoid mozzie bites, visit NSW Health.

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