Mozzies in the Kimberly

Submitted: Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 16:36
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With a bit of luck it looks like we will be heading along the Kimberly coast in July and I'm wondering if experienced Kimberly travelers can advise what the mozzie/midge/sandfly pressure is usually like round that time of the year.
Also, any opinions and advice on the best DEET and non-DEET personal repellants would be much appreciated.
Thanks
Ptr
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Reply By: Jersey Bean Explorer - Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 17:57

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 17:57
Hi There,

Haven't done the Kimberly trip yet so can’t help you on that one but the best mozzie repellent I’ve found is bushman both rub on and spray. It stinks so put it on outside and nothing will go near you (including the misses and kids) and it tastes horrible if you accidently get it near you mouth but it works a treat.
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Follow Up By: desray (WA - Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 19:08

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 19:08
I agree Bushmans works good look for the 40% one
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Reply By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 22:37

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 22:37
March Flies were a bugger...
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Follow Up By: Grumblebum and the Dragon - Monday, May 27, 2013 at 09:19

Monday, May 27, 2013 at 09:19
A 50/50 mix of Detol and Baby Oil will totally stop samdfly and other bities. Additionally I was told last night by someone who lives in sandfly central, that the the 'brown' (not green or blue) version of Listerine mouthwash also totally stops the itch after you have been bitten.

When the bities are not so prolific the hi-strength DEET Bushmans is a good option. With the Detol mix you can cruise the mangroves crabbing with nary a hint of a bite.

John
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Follow Up By: Member - Fergiesfolly - Monday, May 27, 2013 at 16:36

Monday, May 27, 2013 at 16:36
A variation on the above recipe given to me by a local at Karumba last year: 1/3 Eucalyptus oil, 1/3 Detol, 1/3 baby oil. Mix in pressure sprayer,
spray on hand and wipe legs arms etc. Smells good even if a bit clinical and worked for us. Hope this helps.
Graham
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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Monday, May 27, 2013 at 09:17

Monday, May 27, 2013 at 09:17
We were up there in July-August 2010 and I don't remember any. Either there weren't many and the good old aerogard did the job or there actually weren't any.

Sorry I cannot help any more.

Phil
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Follow Up By: Members Pa & Ma. - Monday, May 27, 2013 at 10:44

Monday, May 27, 2013 at 10:44
Hi Poitr,
We did the Kimberly in two stages 2001 & again in 2002.
Derby pier at sunset, feels like little feathers dropping on my skin.
What a mess took 8 months for the worst of sores to finally go. they can put people in Hospital if they have a severe reaction.

Port Headland, Mossies worse either south Headland or North I can't remember, I think the South C. P. was better.

Exmouth, Many people get rashes,so I'm told, from the shower water.
Have a nice holiday.
Take care, safe travels. Ma.
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Monday, May 27, 2013 at 11:15

Monday, May 27, 2013 at 11:15
Bloody hell!! Either we went at the right time or were just damned lucky. I would never forget that one. But we never spent much time in any of those places.

I think that I will buy a lottery ticket after what you said Pa.

Phil
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Monday, May 27, 2013 at 12:01

Monday, May 27, 2013 at 12:01
For info.

A good side effect of chemo treatment. They stay away. Hate the smell of the "poisons' in their blood stream.

Phil
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Reply By: Members Pa & Ma. - Monday, May 27, 2013 at 11:35

Monday, May 27, 2013 at 11:35
Sorry poitr,That should have read the .
Midges which I'd never heard of at Derby & you can't see them.
Bye again Ma.
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Reply By: Mark111 - Monday, May 27, 2013 at 13:28

Monday, May 27, 2013 at 13:28
i am a sand fly magnet ! , i have tried the deet (80%) when it was available , the detol/baby oil trick , and every thing in between . the only thing i found that worked in the kimberly or anywhere else was a product called "The Locals , Sandfly & Mozzie Stuff",no deet and all natural , i think you can get it on the net and I even seen it in the supermarket(iga) and Jurien Bay on the weekend , its not cheap but worth every penny IMO
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Follow Up By: poitr - Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 06:53

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 06:53
Mark,
Thanks for the tip on this "The Locals" product. It was nice and easy to find and order online. Looks like its a local Oz product which makes it even better.
Looking forward to trying it out.
Peter
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Reply By: Member - eighty matey - Monday, May 27, 2013 at 23:19

Monday, May 27, 2013 at 23:19
G'day poitr,

last year we travelled from 80 Mile Beach north and didn't have any trouble ith midgees or mozzies, however, two lady friends we were travelling with got hammered.
One had ankles that got nfected and she wasn't 100% for a while.

My wife and I had a fire most nights to cook on and spent a bit of time away from the others. They didn't have fires when they weren't with us. I don't know if they attract mozzies more than us, or the fires help to keep the things away.

If we do have any buzzing around we use Rid. Have for years and still do.

Steve
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