by Sam Flanagan
THE warmer weather has brought with it a noticeable increase in mosquitoes to the Western Downs region, and experts are warning residents to stay wary of the buzzing insect.
In 2017 there were 31 cases of Ross River Virus in southwest Queensland, a massive jump from the 34 cases detected between 2012-16.
Bessie Hassan from finder.com.au said the findings are a reason for concern for people in the Dalby area.
"Ross River Virus can be quite debilitating and can even last years," Ms Hassan said.
"Summer is peak mosquito time so it's important to be vigilant, and especially in humid
"It only takes one bite, so take care as the weather heats up.
"Any Western Downs residents who are hospitalised from Ross River Virus should be able to claim any extended stays on their private health insurance."
To be on the safe side it is advised to steer clear of waterways in summer, as they are mosquito hotspots.
It's also recommended to use strong a insect repellent when outdoors and install fly screens on your home.