The Australians warned towards making ready for a probably lethal summer season as horror mosquito season approaches
It is expected that the mosquitoes will be at full strength and more humid than the summer in all of Australia over the next few months.
Experts warn that La Niña weather pattern in 2020 could lead to an increase in mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases this season.
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“The last time we saw a La Niña was about 10 years, and then we saw record numbers of mosquitoes, record viruses, and a huge increase in sickness and disease reports,” said Professor Stephen Doggett, director of medical entomology at Westmead Hospital. across from The Morning Show.
This is because the irritating insects lay their eggs on or around standing or still water such as ponds, garden plant containers, clogged gutters, floodplains or wetlands.
Professor Stephen Doggett said some mosquitoes carried viruses that if bitten could cause debilitating diseases in humans.
Only female mosquitoes bite humans because they need blood to produce eggs. Photo credit: Joao Paulo Burini/.Getty
These include the Ross River Virus, Barmah Forest Virus, and the potentially deadly Murray Valley Encephalitis Virus.
Doggett said female mosquitoes bite people because they “need blood as a source of protein for egg production”.
But there are a number of simple steps we can take to avoid getting bitten this summer.
Mosquitoes can transmit viruses that are deadly to humans. Image credit: simarik/.Getty
“Most mosquitoes tend to bite in the morning and evening light, so avoid going outside during this time,” he recommended.
He added that you should cover yourself up with long sleeves and pants and use a repellent on any exposed skin area.