Additional Information

Additional Information

Account Navigation

Account Navigation

Currency - All prices are in USD

Currency - All prices are in USD
 Loading... Please wait...

The Australian Mosquito Net Shop

Call 02 5620 5905

Mosquito numbers explode across Sydney after high rainfall: Find out how to keep them at bay

Posted by Raylene Bliss, Central on

SYDNEY’S big wet and has seen mosquito numbers soar, prompting a warning for us all to remember that mosquito repellent is not just for the summer months.

Dr Cameron Webb, a mosquito researcher with NSW Health Pathology, said the typical Sydney mosquito season ran from November to April, with December to February traditionally the most active months.

A hot summer that continued throughout Sydney during February, which was the equal second-warmest on record for mean temperatures at Observatory Hill, combined with persistent rainfalls this month has seen mosquito numbers explode in March in some areas.

It is not just the number of mosquitoes that are increasing but also the range, according to Dr Webb.

There are 60 different types of mosquitoes in the Greater Sydney Region, Dr Webb said.

He said increases were being reported in both the backyard and bushland varieties.

Dr Webb’s tips for people in terms of staying sting free include not allowing large amounts of water to sit in buckets, bird baths and pot plants.

He suggests trying to avoid wetland areas at dawn and dusk and wearing a long sleeve shirt when mosquitoes are active and applying mosquito repellent on all exposed areas.

“The most important thing, and people can become a little complacent about it at this time of year, is to wear mosquito repellent,” he said.

“There are a lot of people watching their kids train at dusk as we are at the start of the winter sport season and considering there are a lot sporting grounds close bushland areas it is important to remember the mosquito repellent.”

Dr Webb’s team uses special mosquito traps that lure the mosquito in using carbon dioxide — the thing we breath out that mosquitoes are attracted to when they are looking for someone to bite, he said.

“They think they are going to be biting a person but they are sucked into a bag,” he said.

“We collect them and bring them back to lab. We count them, work out the different species and process them see whether any carry viruses, to see what animals they have been biting and if there are any implications in terms of a public health risk.”

He said there was nothing new in terms of a public health risk with the large mosquito numbers but he had detected traces of the Ross River virus in a small number of mosquitoes at the edges of the city, where bush and wetlands provide good habits for mosquitoes. But no increase in human disease has been reported.

“The most notable thing is the different range of mosquitoes that are biting people,” he said.

Sonic mosquito zappers slammed by health experts as dangerous, misleading

LEADING international mosquito researchers have slammed white goods and smartphone apps that promise to zap mozzies with ultrasonic waves as misleading, “grossly unethical” and potentially dangerous.The devices and apps use ultrasonic waves which they claim repel the insects through a low-level or inaudible noise.Korean electronics giant LG makes a “Mosquito Away“ television and air conditioner, [...]

Read More »

Ross River outbreak across Victoria

Hundreds of Victorians have been diagnosed with Ross River virus after heavy rains probably caused mosquito populations to surge, Victoria's Chief Health Officer says.A spate of Ross River virus cases has prompted a warning for Victorians to take extra care to protect themselves against mosquito bites, particularly outside of Melbourne where the insects are more [...]

Read More »

Protect yourself from biting midges (sand flies)

Biting midges (commonly called sand flies) are from the family of insects known as Culiocoides. There are over 270 species of Culiocoides in Australasia with three main species causing annoyance to humans. Culiocoides spp (nr subimmaculatus) is widely distributed, Culiocoides ornatus occurs in areas north of Tin Can Bay in Queensland, and Culiocoides molestus occurs [...]

Read More »

Disease alert as mosquito season due to be severe

WA doctors have warned the impending mosquito season in Perth and the South West could be one of the worst in years amid fears people are becoming complacent about the risks the insects pose.Andrew Miller, the Australian Medical Association’s WA president, said health experts were facing an increasingly difficult fight getting individuals and the public [...]

Read More »

Revolution in fight against invading Zika virus mosquitoes

Scientists working to safeguard south-east Queensland from mosquitoes carrying the dangerous dengue and Zika viruses have developed a new trick they hope will revolutionise their efforts.The mosquito in question is common in much of the state's north, where emergency responses to dengue outbreaks are an annual occurrence.An Aedes aegypti mosquito. Photo: Jim Damaske/Tampa Bay [...]

Read More »

Mosquitoes attacking frog photograph wins Australian Geographic nature competition

Mosquitoes attacking frog photograph wins Australian Geographic nature competition The Daily Telegraph August 18, 2016 8:53pm TALK about a “piercing headache”. This remarkable image won the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year award and is part of a South Australian Museum exhibition.The award was presented on Thursday night.Matthew McIntosh spotted the orange-eyed tree frog being stung [...]

Read More »

Zika travel warning issued for Miami neighborhood

Zika fears prompted US health authorities yesterday to issue a travel warning for a small section of Miami where local mosquitoes have spread the virus to 14 people, officials said."We advise pregnant women to avoid travel to this area," said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief Tom Frieden, noting that the virus can cause [...]

Read More »

Wipe out Zika with army of modified mosquitoes

The Aedes aegypti mosquito.Cancelling the Rio Olympics would do little to slow the spread of the Zika virus. That horse has bolted: more than 60 countries and territories already have Zika. It will soon be almost anywhere that its mosquito host lives.Now that the link with microcephaly is well established, becoming pregnant in any country [...]

Read More »

Are itchier insect bites more likely to make us sick?

New research suggests we could better understand mosquito-borne disease by looking closely at our itchy bites.Mosquitoes need blood. Unfortunately, they often get that blood from us; some of us are bitten more commonly than others. But mosquitoes aren’t flying syringes transporting droplets of infected blood from person to person. The mosquitoes need to be infected [...]

Read More »