About mosquitoes

Modern urban living puts us right in the habitat of the our greatest nemesis – the mosquito. And especially because we live in sub-tropical or semitropical habitats around Australia, as well as many coastal developments – these are prime mosquito breeding grounds.

Aedes Aegypti

Did you know there are around 3,500 species of mosquitoes in the world? And 300 of them are in Australia! Thankfully, only a small number of them prey on humans for their blood meal but they are a nuisance around picnics, BBQs and time outdoors – where we like to be in our awesome climate. These mosquitoes also carry Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus and Dengue, amongst other arboviruses. These can be debilitating conditions that can last for months.

Female mosquitoes can travel up to 10 km from their breeding habitats just to seek you out! They only live about 6 weeks but the females can lay millions of eggs in her short lifespan. The Culex species, the most common biting mosquitoes around our homes, lay their eggs in fresh still water, not stagnant that most people think of. That’s why after a big rain, you should check for standing water in your gardens, gutters and plant pot containers before the eggs start hatching. Dump this water as you will then dry out newly hatched larva before they hatch into adults.

Most all-natural repellents unfortunately do not work, while a few work for 15-30 mins. Sandalwood sticks and citronella candles work for short periods of time but they have to be placed all around the perimeter of your patio or seating. DEET-based products repel well but may be neurotoxic and you shouldn’t leave it on your skin for long periods of time. Instead, why not try an all-natural repellent that actually works? Harnessing the power of an Australian native eucalypt, when refined and matured, this liquid gold is effective for up to 4-6 hours – as good as 40% DEET. Are you kidding, hand it over!!

Interested to Learn More?

Australian Mosquitoes

Quick Factsheet NSW

Natural Repellent Review Paper, 2019

image sources: CDC mosquito stock photo (blood feeding),

entomology.ucdavis.edu/news/images/mosquitoleayingeggslarge.jpg (lifecycle)