AVOID THE SWAT: Learn tips for avoiding a bug sting this summer.
AVOID THE SWAT: Learn tips for avoiding a bug sting this summer. Portogas-D-Ace

Tips for stopping the swat this summer

SWAT, slap, smack the summer bugs away with these top tips from public health officer Dr Shaun Hosein.

"Cover up with long loose clothing and take precautions against mosquito bites, especially when camping, fishing or enjoying other outdoor activities over the upcoming holiday season,” Dr Hosein said.

"Different types of disease-carrying mosquitoes can bite at different times of the day, so it's important to be vigilant at all times.

"Please inspect and remove any standing water from around your home or yard, since these serve as a mosquito breeding sites.”

Avoid bites

  • Wear long, loose and light-coloured clothing.
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET or Picaridin, particularly during dusk and dawn hours when most mosquitoes are active. Read and follow repellent label directions, especially for infants and children. And don't forget to wash your hands after you have applied the repellent.
  • Install or repair insect screens on doors and windows, especially in sleeping areas.
  • If gardening, wear gloves and a mask.
  • If you become unwell with high fevers, rash or joint pain please seek medical advice from your GP.

Stop mosquito breeding

  • Regularly check around your home, especially after wet weather, for evidence of mosquitoes, larvae and mosquito breeding environments.
  • Tip out, and wipe out any standing water from things like plastic containers, tarpaulins or buckets. It's surprising where water can pool around a home.
  • Store anything that can hold water undercover or in a dry place, including work equipment, surplus materials or trailers, and keep bins covered.
  • Throw out any rubbish lying around like unused or empty containers, tyres, and keep work sites tidy.

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