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New mosquitoes in Canberra?

By Katietonia 14 February 2011 24

For the past 6 months I’ve noticed that the mosquito bites I have received whenever I go outside have changed from the usual itchy 10 cent piece sized bump to huge, sometimes 15cm across welts. Sometimes I’ve had to ice them to control the swelling or take strong anti-histamines and they take weeks to heal. After a quick facebook poll (I know I know), a lot of my friends have also noticed that they seem to be more “allergic” to the mosquito bites this summer, having experienced the same huge welts.

Does anyone know whether a different type of mosquito has moved into the area due to the extra rain or if this is another type of insect that has arrived? Any remedies? I’ve been bitten inside the house a few times now too. I was really just curious whether this had been noticed by more people in Canberra and whether anyone knows what is causing it.


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smilesr 7:14 pm 15 Feb 11

There seem to be new mozzies around this year: big monster stripey ones that hurt when they bite but are slower and not so cluey as to evading a swatting hand. But it sounds like it might be the midges you could be suffering from: tiny things but pack a punch if they bite you. Haven’t seen them before this summer either.

Gantz 2:12 pm 15 Feb 11

Katietonia said :

Gantz said :

Perhaps your body is becoming weaker…less immune or perhaps it all in you and your friends heads. And who the hell measures their mossy bites?! I was not aware there was a ‘standard’ for the size of the things these days.

Don’t worry though, Ill seat outside tonight with measuring tape.

If anything an increased allergic reaction would mean my immune system is working too well I believe.

So how did you go last night? Measure anything worthwhile? There is no standard size that I am aware of, however there are definitely sizes that are considered below average…. 😉

Touche!

Well I did, and it was worthwhile, and totally well above average, but no mossy bites…

I thank you for your consideration in asking though 🙂

switch said :

Vegemite said :

This summer I have had bites that have turned into pussy lumps (within a couple of hours) that take a few days to firstly stop itching and then longer to heal.

Pussy lumps?

dodgy waxing job?

Katietonia 1:46 pm 15 Feb 11

BlackIce said :

Katietonia said :

Interesting, my mother had bites on her stomach the other day that looked like the “mozzie” bites I’ve been getting, I had them on my shoulder last night after sleeping. I’ve sprayed all around my room and there isn’t anywhere that mosquitoes could be getting in.

If they’re biting at night while you’re sleeping, have you considered bed bugs as a possible cause?

I have considered it but the bites are not only appearing in the bedroom while sleeping. How would one get bed bugs in Canberra?

BlackIce 12:48 pm 15 Feb 11

Katietonia said :

Interesting, my mother had bites on her stomach the other day that looked like the “mozzie” bites I’ve been getting, I had them on my shoulder last night after sleeping. I’ve sprayed all around my room and there isn’t anywhere that mosquitoes could be getting in.

If they’re biting at night while you’re sleeping, have you considered bed bugs as a possible cause?

Katietonia 11:24 am 15 Feb 11

grundy said :

I’ve noticed the same thing, but I think it might be spiders, not mossies.
I got 2 bites that swelled big time on my upper thigh, no mossie would’ve got there, which is why I suspect spiders.
Also, I normally never react to a mossie bites, small tiny spot that doesn’t itch etc, but this is the first time in many years that I’ve got a reaction like this.
Wet weather = more spiders around inside?

Interesting, my mother had bites on her stomach the other day that looked like the “mozzie” bites I’ve been getting, I had them on my shoulder last night after sleeping. I’ve sprayed all around my room and there isn’t anywhere that mosquitoes could be getting in.

Katietonia 11:19 am 15 Feb 11

Gantz said :

Perhaps your body is becoming weaker…less immune or perhaps it all in you and your friends heads. And who the hell measures their mossy bites?! I was not aware there was a ‘standard’ for the size of the things these days.

Don’t worry though, Ill seat outside tonight with measuring tape.

If anything an increased allergic reaction would mean my immune system is working too well I believe.

So how did you go last night? Measure anything worthwhile? There is no standard size that I am aware of, however there are definitely sizes that are considered below average…. 😉

Mess 10:42 am 15 Feb 11

There certainly seem to be lots more around this summer. My partner and I were outside for about half an hour during the evening about a week ago, and got bitten 37 times between the two of us.

switch 7:44 am 15 Feb 11

Vegemite said :

This summer I have had bites that have turned into pussy lumps (within a couple of hours) that take a few days to firstly stop itching and then longer to heal.

Pussy lumps?

Vegemite 10:31 pm 14 Feb 11

I have had an interesting reaction to mossie bites this summer as well. I have always been a target for mozzie’s and usually just get the red lump that itches for a day or two and then disappears. This summer I have had bites that have turned into pussy lumps (within a couple of hours) that take a few days to firstly stop itching and then longer to heal.

beejay76 6:24 pm 14 Feb 11

olfella said :

There was an article in the CT a few weeks back indicating that midges may be the problem. They are new to this area and attack the soft skin of ankles and elbows… nasty bites and you can hardly see the little buggers.

They are sandflies! The horror! The horror!

Keijidosha 4:28 pm 14 Feb 11

EvanJames said :

There does appear to be a larger, rather aggressive mosquito in town. I have noticed it near waterways… these insects are BIG and their bodies are a greeny-blue colour.

Reptoids! I for one welcome our alien overlords.

olfella 4:18 pm 14 Feb 11

There was an article in the CT a few weeks back indicating that midges may be the problem. They are new to this area and attack the soft skin of ankles and elbows… nasty bites and you can hardly see the little buggers.

Diggety 4:03 pm 14 Feb 11

aidan said :

We’ve been putting vinegar on the kid’s mozzie bites and that helps alot with the reaction. Only works if it is a short time after the bite occurred. I use whatever vinegar is to hand. Lately white-wine, but if you like the smell of basalmic then try that.

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+1 for vinegar.

beejay76 3:50 pm 14 Feb 11

Sounds like sandflies, not mosquitoes. I hope I’m wrong though! Sandflies are the pits.

aidan 3:44 pm 14 Feb 11

We’ve been putting vinegar on the kid’s mozzie bites and that helps alot with the reaction. Only works if it is a short time after the bite occurred. I use whatever vinegar is to hand. Lately white-wine, but if you like the smell of basalmic then try that.

As an aside, the little bloke got a blue bottle sting down the coast and we had the vinegar for the mozzie’s, so tried that on him. He was in agony to being with but after the vinegar the pain subsided within 20 minutes and he had no discomfort within an hour or so. That may be normal, but we’d definitely use vinegar on a blue bottle sting again.

grundy 3:04 pm 14 Feb 11

I’ve noticed the same thing, but I think it might be spiders, not mossies.
I got 2 bites that swelled big time on my upper thigh, no mossie would’ve got there, which is why I suspect spiders.
Also, I normally never react to a mossie bites, small tiny spot that doesn’t itch etc, but this is the first time in many years that I’ve got a reaction like this.
Wet weather = more spiders around inside?

clp 2:19 pm 14 Feb 11

I am also finding the mozzies terrible this summer – I mean I know with all the extra rain it makes sense for more to be about but they are practically lethal. I have enormous welts coming up which are remain highly itchy for 5-7 days after being bitten.

switch 2:18 pm 14 Feb 11

I’ve certainly noticed that something has been biting lately that you don’t feel or see at the time, but is incredibly itchy about twelve hours later. Has the wetter summer brought out a bitey that hasn’t been around for a while? Older readers know?

EvanJames 2:02 pm 14 Feb 11

There does appear to be a larger, rather aggressive mosquito in town. I have noticed it near waterways… these insects are BIG and their bodies are a greeny-blue colour. No idea why they have suddenly come, but I bet the CSIRO or the insect people at ANU know something about it.

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