Some mosquitoes are capable of carrying and transmitting infectious diseases such as malaria and yellow fever.
Fortunately the most capable vectors are not normally found in New Zealand.
Our health protection officers undertake mosquito surveillance at the border.
This is to prevent exotic mosquitoes from becoming established in New Zealand.
Health protection officers also take calls from the public about suspected exotic mosquitoes.
Contact (07) 838 2569 if you have any questions about biosecurity or if you think you have found an exotic mosquito, phone 0800 MOZZIE.