In May 1981 in response to public pressure an Entomological Control Officer was appointed to Tweed Shire Council. The main work of this officer was to investigate and evaluate the biting midge (sandfly) problem affecting the residents and tourists of the coastal areas of Tweed Shire in far northern New South Wales. As tourism is the biggest industry in this Shire, there was considerable pressure to find a solution to the problem of these biting insects. Tourism brings in $56 million and 850,000 visitors per year. Although these insects do not carry any human disease in Australia, their vicious bite in inverse proportion to their size (some folk declare them impossible to see although they measure approximately 1mm in length), making them extremely annoying.
How to Cite:
Watson, A. and Watson, S.J., 2009. The biting midge problem in Tweed Shire, New South Wales.. Wetlands Australia, 4(2), pp.73–78. DOI: http://doi.org/10.31646/wa.86