ECHUCA and district residents should take precautions during summer to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said some mosquitoes could transmit diseases such as Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus.
Local councils and the Department of Health and Human services have programs to monitor and, where needed, reduce mosquito numbers, but individuals must do what they can to protect against mosquitoes, for the health and wellbeing of everyone in the community.
‘‘Beating mozzie bites is simple and there are steps everyone should take to protect themselves and their families this summer.’’
You can remain protected by:
■fitting insect screens to doors and windows and ensuring they are in good condition;
■wearing long, loose-fitting clothing and using a suitable insect repellent containing picaridin or DEET as an active ingredient on exposed skin areas; and
■using mosquito nets at night, while camping, in your tent or cabin, and using mosquito coils in the small enclosed areas outside of your accommodation.
It is also important residents get rid of stagnant water around the home or campsites.
Mosquitoes can breed in any receptacle that can hold water, including old tyres and rubbish, poorly maintained swimming pools, unsealed water tanks and pot plant holders and animal drinking containers.