If you are one of those people who ALWAYS seem to be bitten by mosquitos, we have some bad news…
The recent heavy rainfall we’ve experienced combined with unseasonably hot weather has resulted in a perfect mozzie storm set to hit Sydney.
Helicopters have been hovering above sections of the Parramatta River at Homebush in spraying runs to try and reduce the number of winged insects from getting out of control.
Dr Cameron Webb, a medical etymologist from NSW Health Pathology, told SMH: “Mosquitoes, like most insects, love warm weather.”
“As soon as we start to get the first of those warmer days, mosquitoes spring into action.”
“In Sydney, any of the areas near the Georges, Parramatta and Hawkesbury rivers will really notice a jump in mosquitoes about one to two weeks after those really high spring tides, or king tides.”
“In Sydney, we don’t see an increased risk mosquito-borne diseases until you get into some of the peripheral areas, such as the foothills of the Blue Mountains and around the Hawkesbury.”
The Sydney Olympic Park Authority has said that wetlands along Parramatta River are breeding habitats for saltwater mosquitoes, which can reach “particular nuisance levels” in the warmer months.