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Earthquake increases midge problem

Annoying insects are finding still pools of water left by the Canterbury earthquake a good place to live

An annoying side-effect of the Christchurch earthquake.

It appears to have led to an increase in the numbers of insects in some areas.

Pest eradicator, Kurt Loklindt, believes liquefaction is partly to blame, “with all the extra water that’s around, you’re going to get a lot of midges… mosquitoes, you’re going to get a lot of larvae that can live in areas where the water’s not draining away” he told Newstalk ZB.

Mr Loklindt says the South Island’s Lake District have these insects as a constant.


Image – Flooding on the morning of the quake / David Shone 


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