Mosquitoes can be a nuisance, but some can also spread serious diseases when they bite.

Mosquito-borne diseases spread in South Australia include Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus and Japanese Encephalitis virus, among others.

An important step to protecting yourself and your family is to avoid being bitten.

People should use mosquito repellents containing either DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (PMD), that have been approved by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority.