A guide to protection against Australian Mosquitos

While most mosquitoes bite at dusk and dawn, in Far North Queensland the dengue mosquito will bite throughout the day

  • Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus are the two most widespread arboviruses in Australia. They cause non-fatal but potentially severely debilitating disease.
  • Murray Valley encephalitis virus is potentially fatal and while annual activity is reported in the north-west of the country, epidemics of disease can occur in the south-east following flooding and extended periods of above average rainfall.
  • Kunjin virus is closely related to Murray Valley encephalitis virus but infection results in a milder illness and no deaths have been reported.
  • There are a number of other mosquito-borne viruses, including Sindbis virus, Stratford virus, Kokobera virus and Edge Hill virus, that are often found in local mosquitoes. However, while these viruses are generally not known to cause serious humans disease, their presence may indicate potential activity of other, more serious, mosquito-borne viruses.
  • Dengue only occurs in far north Queensland.
  • Australia was declared free of malaria in 1981 (but introduced cases occasionally occur).

Mosquito Bites

Personal protection measures

    •  Avoidance of mosquitoes when and where they are most active.
    •  Use of registered insect repellents.
    •  Responsible use of insecticides in and around the home.
    •  Minimising opportunities for mosquito breeding around the home.

    Mosquito Repellants

    Insect repellents assist in preventing bites by repelling mosquitoes or inhibiting the mosquito’s stimuli for blood feeding,

    All insect repellents should be registered with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) before being made available for sale. Over 60 individual repellent formulations are currently registered in Australia.

    Pest King staff can recommend the best mosquito repellents on the market. Ask our technicians.

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