Bloody Pesty Flies

Submitted: Friday, May 09, 2014 at 13:39
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We are gradually traveling up to the north west (you can see my blog if you wish)
Currently at Uluru where the flies are particularly bad.
We started of using Bushmans which had little effect. Someone had given us head nets before we left and whilst I am happy to use these, they are playing havoc with Hil's ( the Mrs)fake eyelashes- bless her heart and soul. Dare i say ' toughen up princess' and knowing happy wife equals happy life, I am looking for alternatives. Do we resort to tropical strength aeroguard or rid. is there a natural remedy- I was thinking one part turps, one part petrol, a little perfume and a match to get rid of the flies? Lucky she rarely reads the forums but does the blogs! -:)
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Reply By: Les PK Ranger - Friday, May 09, 2014 at 13:47

Friday, May 09, 2014 at 13:47
Wear a bucket hat under the fly net, keeps the mesh off the face no probs :)
If you do that home remedy, keep her away from naked flames !!!
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Follow Up By: Rustynails59 - Friday, May 09, 2014 at 14:42

Friday, May 09, 2014 at 14:42
Thanks for that- comment was that the bucket hat would play havoc with her hair!
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Reply By: Leafy Sea Dragon - Friday, May 09, 2014 at 14:32

Friday, May 09, 2014 at 14:32
Hi Rustynails,

There is a product from "Nature's Botanical's".

Its rosemary and cedarwood Creme.

Stinks a bit but its the only thing I have found that works.

Not sure if you are heading through The Alice but you may get some there.

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Follow Up By: Rustynails59 - Friday, May 09, 2014 at 14:43

Friday, May 09, 2014 at 14:43
Thanks Leafy, my wife likes the sound of that
Will try and get some
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 08:39

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 08:39
We've used it too but note that it hasn't been tested for safety and so can't be advertised as a repellent.
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Reply By: Peter W - Friday, May 09, 2014 at 15:06

Friday, May 09, 2014 at 15:06
Here is the product you should try

http://www.desertdwellers.com.au/products

and you can get it from here in Alice.

http://www.desertdwellers.com.au/

Same as the abovementioned Nature's Botanical and we find it is about the best to use.
Hats and fly nets also advisable for the little buggers.

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Follow Up By: Deborah H - Friday, May 09, 2014 at 17:44

Friday, May 09, 2014 at 17:44
X2 for desert dwellers. Pretty good gear!
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Reply By: Member. Rob M (QLD) - Friday, May 09, 2014 at 16:00

Friday, May 09, 2014 at 16:00
Another vote for Nature's Botanicals.
The roll on is nicer to use, especially for Princesses, but I think the cream is a little more effective.
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Follow Up By: Member - Allan L2 - Friday, May 09, 2014 at 17:43

Friday, May 09, 2014 at 17:43
Add my vote to the list for Nature's Botanical Rosemary & Cedarwood cream also.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 15:15

Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 15:15
Rusty,

And another vote for the Rosemary & Cedarwood!

We've not long, well 5 years ago, retired from a station on the Diamantina River, which is the home of bush flies. It's a little known fact that flies from that area are exported to all parts of Australia, and the world, for anyone that's silly enough to want them :-)))

Just one thing with using this mix regularly, especially around the face. Make sure your Princess uses some sort of foundation cream first, such as Oil of Olay, or sorbolene cream, as this stops the R & C, from drying out the skin. Favourite UV cream is good too.

The roll-on that Rob suggested is a bit thinner, but does feel good, and is easy to use. I only use a smear under each eye, across the bridge of the nose, and a bit more down each sideburn.(Ladies are exempted from this latter direction). If it's applied above the eyes, it can mix with perspiration, and get into the eyes, causing more discomfort than the flies.

Think there's a spray bottle available too, that would be good for hats, and back of shirts, blouses etc.

Give the fly veils a miss, dirty bloody things. Just imagine what the flies do when they land on the veil, and they're only millimetres away from your face. Ugh!!!

If chemists don't have it, stock n station agents like Landmark & Elders should have it.

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Reply By: John and Regina M - Friday, May 09, 2014 at 16:10

Friday, May 09, 2014 at 16:10
rub on fresh buffalo poo with a bit of camel slobber.
Guarantee the flies will be the least of your problems, and the hair/eyelashes issues will disappear.
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Follow Up By: disco driver - Friday, May 09, 2014 at 18:47

Friday, May 09, 2014 at 18:47
Good to see that you are trying to be funny, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt, seeing that it's Friday.

I wonder if you are candidates for the funny farm.

At least your posts on this site give that impression.

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Follow Up By: John and Regina M - Friday, May 09, 2014 at 19:37

Friday, May 09, 2014 at 19:37
Hey dd
Glad to hear you read them.
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Reply By: Member - Patto (SA) - Friday, May 09, 2014 at 16:39

Friday, May 09, 2014 at 16:39
We use the Desert Dwellers Rosemary & Cedarwood cream and it seem to work reasonably well
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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Friday, May 09, 2014 at 16:49

Friday, May 09, 2014 at 16:49
And believe it or not just the standard old Aeroguard works for us.

I am positive that it has something to do with what we eat or mainly, what we drink. I say that because for a few days after I have chemo, the buggers won't come within a mile of me or even my wife standing close beside me!! Even the horse flies, sand flies and midgies all bugger off. Well that's one good side of it.

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Follow Up By: Kilcowera Station Stay - Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 08:27

Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 08:27
The flies have started to lighten up here in SW QLD, we found the Natures Botanicals the only thing to slow them down.
Unfortunately aeroguard stopped working for the flies years ago, it's still effective on the mozzies though. Cheers Toni
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 08:46

Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 08:46
Tony I believe you. "Don't you worry about that." It has to have something to do with the individual then. As I said, it still works for us.

It's the maroon blood then. I am sure of it. Put a blue shirt on. The flies are lightening up because the Origin series is near.

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Reply By: Peter W - Friday, May 09, 2014 at 17:52

Friday, May 09, 2014 at 17:52
From the Nature's Botanical site:

Please Note: Unfortunately the manufacturer has had equipment failure a while back and does not expect to be producing the products again until at least the end of April. Due to this, we are unable to supply anyone until manufacturing resumes.

Grab as much as you can afford at Alice if they have there re-labelled brand.

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Reply By: AlbyNSW - Friday, May 09, 2014 at 18:34

Friday, May 09, 2014 at 18:34
Suggest that your wife get the biggest false eyelashes she can buy and batt her eyelids to shew the flies away
You may fin fit that effective that you get a set yourself LOL
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Follow Up By: Rustynails59 - Friday, May 09, 2014 at 18:38

Friday, May 09, 2014 at 18:38
OMG, what a brilliant idea
Never thought of that
You may have stumbled across something here- May need apply to patent office
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Reply By: Rustynails59 - Friday, May 09, 2014 at 18:41

Friday, May 09, 2014 at 18:41
OMG, she now wants to put curlers in her hair- how's that going to affect hair nets!
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Reply By: Robyn R4 - Friday, May 09, 2014 at 20:53

Friday, May 09, 2014 at 20:53
I love the nets. Lived in the Riverina for 10 years and it was the thing that kept me sane with the flies in summer.
Surely if the good wife doesn't like the hair squashing then she'd have discovered the sun visors that just go half way around...sort of like a cross between a duck's beak and a headband.
One of these sun visors with the net (affectionately referred to in my house as the "onion bag"!) and sanity rules.
As for the curls...I'd rather go the flat look than go nuts with the flies.
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