Biting midges on the rise
This is the time of the year when biting midges are out in force. High numbers are expected near coastal mangrove areas from 8 to 14 August coinciding with the new moon, with a further increase around the full moon from 23 to 29 August.
Although biting midges do not transmit disease, people should avoid scratching the bites because this can easily break the skin, introducing bacterial infections that can lead to unsightly sores and infections.
A 2018 calendar detailing expected biting midge pest periods is available at: https://nt.gov.au/