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.