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Mosquitoes - Protect yourself this Spring

Mosquitoes are a natural part of our wetlands but they can also pose pest and public health risks.  Constructed and rehabilitated urban wetlands bring people and moquitoes together.  Whilst the demands for conservation of wetlands and their wildlife are ever increasing, keeping a blance between wetland habitat functions and public health has been one of the most challenging tasks that wetland managers deal with on a regular basis.  Whether you are a manager, entomologist, ecologist, technician or a regular walker in a wetland, you need to be aware that local mosquitoes post a public health threat and exercise caution around these areas.

It is recommended that during Spring and all the way into Autumn, you apply mosquito repellent and are vigilant about this.

Insect repellents that contain DEET (diethyltoluamide) or picaridin provide the longest lasting protection.  Botanical based repellents, (eg tea-tree oil, eucalyptus oil) will need to be reapplied much more frequently.  For best results, repellent should be applied to all exposed areas of skin.

Further details can be found here based on a recent presentation to the GRCCC from Dr Cameron Webb, Principal Hospital Scientist at Westmead Hospital and also Clinical Lecturer, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney.