Mozzies & Midges
Carnarvon is looking greener than ever this year with all the rain we have been getting. However the tiny biting midges have also been loving the wet, cool conditions. These aren’t known for spreading any diseases to humans but they can bite exposed skin in large numbers which can result in irritating and painful bite marks. They breed in wet grassy or muddy areas and it takes at least 3 weeks after hatching in wet conditions to the emergence of adult midges. The appearance of adults is often associated with new and full moons and we have just had a new moon last weekend. Biting midges are one of the most difficult groups of insects to control as no chemicals are currently registered in Australia to control their breeding sites and there is no effective chemical control of adult midges. The speedway was recently fogged and clouds of midges were reported on the following night.
When are the Midges most active?
Biting midges are most active under calm, humid conditions and tend to bite around dawn and dusk.
How do I protect myself & my family?
- Thoroughly cover up exposed skin particularly on the lower body nearer the ground.
- Avoid loose shirts that allow midges to fly under and bite the torso.
- Apply personal insect repellents to exposed skin.
- Cover up babies and protect the pram with fine mesh or breathable fabric if outdoors.
How do I relieve the itching?
- A cool shower can ease the itching and some report that the application of vinegar to the bites can also provide relief.
- Antihistamines can be taken to reduce inflammatory reactions from bites
- Try not to scratch the bites and seek medical attention if required. If an emergency situation occurs due to inflammation, call 000.
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