Summer season is a time to get exterior however as we all know all too properly, we additionally share the solar with some unwelcome pests.
Now, well being officers are calling on the general public to take some easy steps to cease mosquitoes from biting and breeding this summer time.
Whereas a couple of bites outdoor are fairly widespread presently of yr, it is bites of a unique type that well being authorities try to stop.
Because of these bites, pores and skin infections develop into an actual situation throughout the summer time.
There are a couple of easy steps you may take to beat the bugs.
“Managing them with fundamental first help which is protecting them clear, dry, avoiding lengthy nails, protecting them clear – that stops the youngsters getting infections and having to return the ED,” paediatrician Dr Alisa Tuck mentioned.
“Whenever you’re exterior on the BBQ in summer time, attempt to keep away from sporting darkish colors. Lengthy-sleeved, light-coloured clothes is good as a result of mosquitos will keep away from that,” Northland Regional Council’s Debe Anderson mentioned.
“If you wish to hold mosquitos out of your setting, be sure your yard is freed from something that may maintain water like buckets, drums.”
Mosquitos are the deadliest creatures on the planet, killing about one million individuals a yr by spreading ailments like malaria and dengue fever.
Whereas the actual mosquitos that transmit these ailments aren’t presently in New Zealand, specialists are at all times looking out.
Surveillance programmes at our key ports of entry assist with the monitoring.
“They are going to be taken again to our laboratory at work, the place they will be processed and despatched to our entomologist in Wellington,” Anderson mentioned.