With so many mosquitoes around following our recent floods, we thought it would be a good idea to give you some mosquito related information. Mosquitoes can carry diseases that may be passed on to people through mosquito
bites including Murray Valley encephalitis virus and Ross River virus.
Periods of heavy rainfall or floods can lead to ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes and we are definitely seeing evidence of this in Forbes at the moment. There are many simple things you can do to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes, including:
• Wear long, loose-fitting clothes if mosquitoes are around.
• Cover up as much as possible.
• Use an effective mosquito repellent on all exposed skin.
• Prevent mosquito breeding around your own home.
• Prevent mosquitoes from getting inside by using fly screens on windows and doors.
• Use mosquito coils or insecticide candles in small, outdoor areas.
There are many effective mosquito repellents available to suit the whole family including the all natural Mozzigear mosquito bands (for kids and adults), patches (to put on clothing) and wipes. For younger children or those with sensitive skin, we have our own Life mosquito repellent or alternatively you could try Moogoo Tailswat, a natural scented body spray that seems to be unpalatable for mossies. It can be sprayed as liberally as needed, including
over the face. It is also great for small children that are sleeping in an area where they may be bitten.
We also have a range of DEET repellents for those who like a heavy duty option. Call in to Flannery’s Pharmacy to ask for advice on prevention or treatment of mosquito bites.