Fight the Bite

Cover up. Repel. Clean up.

2 October 2017

Prevent mosquito bites

Many mosquitoes bite around dusk and dawn, but some can bite day and night. The only way to prevent mosquito-borne disease is to avoid being bitten. Know how to prevent mosquito bites – cover up, repel, clean up.

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Cover up

Wear long, loose-fitting, light coloured clothing, covering as much of the body as you can. Mosquitoes can bite through tight clothes like jeans. Make sure children are also appropriately covered up.

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Use insect repellent containing DEET (diethyltoluamide) or picaridin and always follow instructions on the label.

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Clean up

Stop mosquitoes breeding in water pooling around your home or holiday accommodation by emptying water from containers.

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Acknowledgements - Environmental Health, Fight the Bite is an initiative of the Government of South Australia.