Marchfly repellant.

Submitted: Saturday, Dec 28, 2002 at 01:00
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Have just got back from a couple of days in the Vic High Country fishing and the Marchies drove some of the family mad. Was wondering if any one knows of a good repellant for the little mongrels. Rid worked to some extent, Aeroguard didn't seem any good at all. One of the kids seems to have an allergic reaction to them and gets a fair welt where they bite.Being fully clothed seemed to be the most effective solution but wasn't much fun for the most effected anklebiter as they are worst in the heat of the day.
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Reply By: Graham - Saturday, Dec 28, 2002 at 01:00

Saturday, Dec 28, 2002 at 01:00
the 'Bushman' product is supposed to be good, the wife suffers from mossie & sand/marhc fly bites so we'llbe trying this product out next trip...

Cya
Graham
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here's copy of emial I received when I asked where it could be purchased...

Your local chemist can get Bushman from their pharmacy wholesaler (Sigma,
API or Fauldings) otherwise phone your local camping, disposal or fishing
tackle stores. Also Mitre 10 hardware stores will be launching Bushman in
all their 740 outlets later this month.

Our Victorian distributor is Downes Brokerage in Melbourne, The contact is
Anthony Downes on (03) 9555 2833.

Thank you for your enquiry,

Tom Bethurem

Nth Qld Laboratories Pty Ltd
P.O. Box 11M Manunda Qld
Australia 4870
Ph: 61 (7) 4054 6020/4033 2441
Fax: 61 (7) 4054 7217

Email: nqlabs@bushman-repellent.com
http://www.bushman-repellent.com
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Follow Up By: Dock - Saturday, Dec 28, 2002 at 01:00

Saturday, Dec 28, 2002 at 01:00
Thanks Graham I think I have seen Bushmans at a local camping shop so I'll give it a go.What about if every one that went bush klled 20 of the litle bludgers do you tink that would help?
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Reply By: Truckster - Saturday, Dec 28, 2002 at 01:00

Saturday, Dec 28, 2002 at 01:00
I warned people about the dunny budgies... They are HUGE and dont give up!

They also drove us mad last time we were up there...
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Reply By: Lyds - Saturday, Dec 28, 2002 at 01:00

Saturday, Dec 28, 2002 at 01:00
Dock,

Aprt from the bugs, how were conditions down (up?) there anyway?
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Reply By: Ron - Saturday, Dec 28, 2002 at 01:00

Saturday, Dec 28, 2002 at 01:00
Doc,
I lived in Darwin for two years and had an endless battle with all types of insects whilst night fishing. One day I was given a simple recipe which worked wonders. 1/3 baby oil to 2/3 dettol. Shake it vigourously until they blend together and smear it on. It even kept the dreaded sand flies away and if you think marsh flies are bad, wait till you encounter those minute bugge*s. Try it you'll be surprised.
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Reply By: diamond - Sunday, Dec 29, 2002 at 01:00

Sunday, Dec 29, 2002 at 01:00
we know how you feel dock we just got back from jamieson after 5 days we tried eveything the best thing we found was the good ols thong lol there so slow wasnt had to hit
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Sunday, Dec 29, 2002 at 01:00

Sunday, Dec 29, 2002 at 01:00
Its a shame that theres no bounty on them when they are that slow and easy to kill!

We used to pile up the corpses to see how bad it actually was and who could kill the most....

Sick I suppose, but when ya into ya 3rd bottle of baileys....
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Sunday, Dec 29, 2002 at 01:00

Sunday, Dec 29, 2002 at 01:00
Dock, We use the Dettol/baby oil mix mentioned above, but for people that suffer allergic, or severe irritation, my wife recommends a 50/50 mix of black tea and metho. Apply this mix to bites and it will help to soothe them, and relieve the itching. For the macho's amongst us, they can take it internally!

We live on the Diamantina River, so have plenty of sandflies after a flood to try these on.

As for Bushman, have found it really hard on skin, and tends to burn in high ambient temps. We also use "OFF" Skintastic to keep bush flies, mozzies, sandflies etc away. Feel it's the best,ie comfortable repellant.

Was down the Cox River, behind Warragamba Dam, about 40 years ago, and friend & I went fishing, leaving our horses tied up, while he caught some breakfast. When we got back, the horses muzzles were dripping with blood, where the March flies had attacked them. Thats the worst have ever seen them, would make camping a misery. Regards..
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Reply By: rojac - Sunday, Dec 29, 2002 at 01:00

Sunday, Dec 29, 2002 at 01:00
Dock

Bushman works a treat, the gel is better than the spray but a word of warning DO NOT get the stuff on your lips nose eyes etc and careful with plastics like sunglasses as it will react to the plastic. If you can put up with these minor problems pesky bugs will be a thing of the past.
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Reply By: Axel - Sunday, Dec 29, 2002 at 01:00

Sunday, Dec 29, 2002 at 01:00
Dock,we have allways found that a good dose of scotch taken internaly works wonders,,bundy rum however seems to attract the nasties, :)
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Reply By: Topcat - Sunday, Dec 29, 2002 at 01:00

Sunday, Dec 29, 2002 at 01:00
Dock, Try this one for size as I have found it very successful with sand flies & midgies. Mix 100mL of canola oil,30 drops eucalytus oil,10 drops basil oil, & 10 drops of citronella oil. Apply a little to the palm of the hand & rub it on the exposed areas. Be careful not to apply it to mouth & eye areas. It has a pleasant aroma & use it every 2 to 3 hours. The eucalyptus oil on its own is good to treat insect bites as well. I always carry a bottle of it in my first aid box.
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Reply By: Member - Willem- Sunday, Dec 29, 2002 at 01:00

Sunday, Dec 29, 2002 at 01:00
Mmmmm.......For Marshflies do NOT wear anything BLUE. Them flies just loooove that colour!!

For the rest..........Avon sells a product Skin So Soft, Bug Guard, Mosquito Repellent. It is a spray on type. Has some Citronella Oil as an ingredient. Works a treat. Smells good too !! Call your Avon lady :-) Cheers, Willie
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Reply By: royce - Sunday, Dec 29, 2002 at 01:00

Sunday, Dec 29, 2002 at 01:00
They seem to like wet skin to attack. Sweaty or just wet. I REALLY HATE IT when one gets you just as you settle down.... floating on a lilo in the middle of a lovely waterhole on a warm day. You know one of those days when the water is just a bit too cold to swim in but nice to dangle you hand or tootsie in..... then AAAARGH! SPLASH!
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Reply By: Goodsy - Monday, Dec 30, 2002 at 01:00

Monday, Dec 30, 2002 at 01:00
Just a question. Are the March fly's numbers that high because of cattle in the high country? Don't get me wrong I' m not against it, they do a great job with blackberries. Just wondering, they need blood cattle a lot of blood!!
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Reply By: OziExplorer - Tuesday, Dec 31, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Dec 31, 2002 at 01:00
Repel made by Beyer and available from all supermarkets leaves everything else for dead on March/Horse flies.

Just returned myself this morning from the High Country. We had to come home two days early as the fridge is full of fish.
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Reply By: Jan - Thursday, Jan 02, 2003 at 01:00

Thursday, Jan 02, 2003 at 01:00
Dock, I use Thursday Plantation's "Walkabout" repellent which is a blend of Tea Tree Oil and Citronella and find it works against the NSW cousins of your Vic High Country Marchies. I have been cursed with sensitive skin which breaks out in rashes in response to lots of skincare products but find the Walkabout is great. I usually try to stay covered up anyway to avoid sunburn.

A few years ago my husband and I were driven out of Island Bend by the March flies which were in plague proportions. After seeing another tormented camper run screaming with frustration down and bank and plunge into the cold river for a few minutes relief we packed up and headed over to Thredbo Diggings where there were hardly any flies. Seems inexplicable that such a short distance can make such a difference.
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Reply By: dock - Thursday, Jan 02, 2003 at 01:00

Thursday, Jan 02, 2003 at 01:00
Just a word to say thanks for all the different suggestions on the chemical war on marchies. Will try them out as they become available.Actually the Whisky idea sounds as though it could worth doing some further research on!
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Reply By: Member - Cruiser1 - Friday, Jan 03, 2003 at 01:00

Friday, Jan 03, 2003 at 01:00
As a youngster, learned that reason for learning to ride whilst holding reins in one hand was so you always had a spare hand for swatting the little buggers. Still seems to work.....
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