We all know mosquitoes can be a nuisance, but some can spread serious diseases when they bite.

The most common disease spread by mosquitoes in South Australia is Ross River virus, followed by Barmah Forest virus.

There is currently no cure and no vaccine for these viruses.

The only way to protect yourself and your family is to avoid being bitten.

It is recommended that people 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 (APVMA).