Maitland residents are being urged to protect themselves against mosquito bites this Easter break.

The warning comes as holiday goers flock to local camping and fishing grounds, where mosquitoes thrive.

Residents will have to take extra precautions when outdoors to avoid mosquito borne infections, which are more prevalent in Autumn and following wet weather.

This comes as recent floods and heavy rain in Maitland has created perfect breeding grounds for the insects.

Numbers of infections are expected to increase as people enjoy outdoor activities such as camping and fishing over the long weekend.