Pest Control for
MIDGESBiting midges are about the size of a pin head and are well-known for the severe reaction that some people have to their bites. Midges are often incorrectly referred to as sandflies.
- Midges refer humid overcast conditions with minimal air movement
- Bites usually cause a severe local (allergic) reaction and can be painful and/or irritating .
- Biting midges and sandflies are in fact the same
- Around the time of the full and new moons, midge numbers will increase
- The life cycle of a midge is around 8 weeks
Midges are most active when conditions are calm. They tend to bite around dawn and dusk and during overcast days. Commonly found in tropical and sub-tropical parts of the Gold Coast near sandy foreshore areas and mangrove swamps. Midges commonly breed around the edge of water bodies.The adult females like to lay eggs in moist decaying leaf material, damp soil and muddy, sandy substrates.
Only female midges bite.This is because a blood meal is needed to produce to produce viable eggs. Midges use their proboscis like a saw to create a tiny hole in the skin. They inject saliva to help the flow of blood and this saliva causes the allergic reaction and itching. Reactions to bites varies from slight redness which will disappear in 30 mins or less, to severe inflammation. You are reasonably immune if the reaction is rapid and the swelling is small, so treatment may not be needed and the swelling and itch will soon go away.