King tides prompt Illawarra mozzie invasion

It's going to be the attack of the mozzies this Australia Day weekend, thanks to perfect breeding conditions across some of NSW's most popular campsites.

Experts say king tides over the Christmas period have led to an increase in mosquito numbers in coastal areas in the Illawarra, greater Sydney, the Mid-North Coast and the Northern Rivers region.

"This has contributed to increasing the speed of the mosquitoes' life cycles," said Bryce Peters, an entomologist from the University of Technology, Sydney.

He said high temperatures and increased humidity had resulted in a rise in mosquito activity.

"They are producing quicker, and this climate is also prolonging their life," he said.

Older campers in particular are being urged to take care because they are more likely to experience health problems associated with mosquito-transmitted diseases. 

MOSQUITO PROTECTION

• Drain standing water and repair water leaks that may cause water to pool.

• Apply insect repellent when mozzies are active, particularly at dusk and dawn.

• Limit outdoor activities during these times and wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers.

• Lightly spray clothing with insect repellent to create a barrier against mosquitoes.

• Keep mosquitoes out of tents or caravans by closing fly sheets whether inside or sleeping under mosquito nets.

AAP

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