Submitted: Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 21:30
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Bendethera has an infestation of Rove Beetles.

Murrumbidgee Local Health Network has warned a small beetle is causing increased skin irritation in the Southern Slopes. General Practitioners and pharmacists in the region have reported increased numbers of people having contact with Rove Beetles over the past week.

The Rove Beetle is 7-8mm long with a black body and a distinct broad dark orange band towards the tail. It contains a poisonous toxin which is released when it is crushed such as when swatting it away. “The toxin can cause reddening of the skin and a ‘burning’ sensation. This is followed by painful irritation and itching, with extensive pustules and blistering of the skin after four days,”. “Unfortunately the toxin can easily spread from the point of contact to other areas of the body so it’s important to wash the area with soapy water to prevent spreading the toxin,” she said.
“People can then use a cold compress, antihistamines, or apply Aloe Vera to alleviate the symptoms.”
“Secondary infections may occur in blistered areas, if concerned please see your local doctor,” Mrs Oakman added.

Further info here

The beetles are thought to be increasing following recent rains. They remain on the ground during the day and at night will fly toward any nearby light source.

People living or camping in, or travelling to areas known to have Rove Beetles are advised:
· Do not touch the beetles
· If they land on you, blow or wash them off your skin
· Minimise lighting in infested areas at night
· Wear long-sleeved and long-legged clothing to reduce exposure
· Keep insect screens closed on tents to keep the beetle out of bedding

Ms Oakman said changing light sources to red or yellow can reduce their attraction. Otherwise a bright diversionary light can be installed away from entrances or outdoor seating to draw them away.
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Reply By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 22:15

Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 22:15
Interesing ..... we are having a lot of "bugs" up here this year, and coming in waves of different species each night ......
But the good news...... seeing hundreds of baby green frogs, other types as well and very few cane toads, means lots of fish food meaning lots of fish this year.... my guess is the Barra will run hot this year :-)

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Reply By: SDG - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011 at 01:06

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011 at 01:06
I got done a couple of weeks ago while doing archery. I took my hat off for my shot, and when I put it back on there it was. On my forehead. Hurts to.

So as a reminder, check all clothing as well before you put it on.
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