For those who are interested click on the following link for more info about Australian mosquitoes: http://medent.usyd.edu.au/photos/mosquitoesofaustralia.htm
For travellers to WA, there has been an advisory warning issued (20 Dec. 2011) in regard to the “Murray Valley encephalitis”, “Ross River and Barmah viruses” that are carried by mosquitoes. See the following link for further info and where they are prevalent:http://www.tmb.ie/exodus/news.asp?title=Mosquito-warning-issued-in-Western-Australia&id=184965
The ABC has also a article on the above: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-12-20/mosquito-warning-from-health-department/3739958
You might wish to consider if you are in areas of Australia that have problems with mosquitoes: is always wear long sleeved shirts, if possible with elastic cuffs and long trousers, buy a pair of “ankle gaiters” (they slip over your boots and trousers) and stops them (the mosquitoes) from going inside. Also gives you extra protection in the bush against snake bites, leeches, spiders etc plus stops stones and sand getting into your boots/shoes while walking. You can get them at any camping/outdoor shop for a few dollars.
If you do get stung (mosquitoes, sand flies, tics, midges, march fly’s etc) a good cream to rub on the bite is “sting-goes” which you can buy at any chemist or big supermarkets. If you have a Cortison based cream this will also help.
A few things to avoid:
Try not to be out and about at dusk and dawn
Avoid wearing dark coloured clothes
If you have not got any “ankle gaiters” tuck your trousers into your socks
Do not put on/use perfume, cologne, after-shave lotion, scented soap and lotions!
Try not to breathe heavily (no joke! Carbon Dioxide attracts mozzies and they can smell it up to 50m away)
Unfortunately Mosquitoes are a way of life in Australia as are the flies, take a few precautions and “you’ll be right”……..enjoy the bush!
Kind regards, Aussie1