sandfly/midge bites

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 18:53
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After the big rains from Qld came the pesky insects.severly bitten ,used all rec treatments but still scratched.especially after hot showers.
told about this treatment -1 bottle cheap white vinegar ,add couple short pieces of copper pipe .can use straight away ,but this mix will darken to green/blue in about 10 days.Decant small amount into smaller bottle to cart around ,just keep topping up larger mix with white vinegar.smell only lasts whilst it is wet .
Anyone travelling into the western areas of Qld should be well armed with repellents ,the grass is nearly 2 feet high .floodwaters are travelling from the border into NSW now so will be a long stretch of water till it disperses into river systems. Some areas around Brewarrina /Bourke to be under water for 6=-7 weeks ,lots of breeding areas for the peskies.
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Reply By: Member - George (WA) - Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 19:56

Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 19:56
Bushman repellent with 'Deed' is about the only thing that will keep sandfly/midges away. cheers
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Follow Up By: noodler - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 17:04

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 17:04
Thanks George knew about Bushman as long time fisher-loserTBushman here in lightning Ridge VERY expensive on age pension so hence vinegar and other ingredients .
Any this way welcome to stay on our claim on opal fields ,good times in winter ,too hot in summer
Your photo looks so cool and beaut ---safe travelling Noodler
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Follow Up By: Member - George (WA) - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 17:22

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 17:22
Hi Noodler, I wish I knew about staying on your claim in January, assuming you're in the Coober Pedy area, I could have looked you up on my way to Alice and back., next time. Cheers
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Follow Up By: noodler - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 17:42

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 17:42
George sorry not Coober Pedy we are on the Grawin opal fields 80klms west of Lightning Ridge or 85klms north west of Walgett -black seam opal country --(if you can find it)
Stay fit and come around again -we are trying to get to WA -never ssatisfied are we? But good life here ,generatred power ,all above ground living no dugouts like coober or white Cliffs ,we call this place our secret away from city life and too far for a weekend visit. look up GRAWIN on the net or Glengarry Hilton ,the other one the Sheepyard got burnt down last year but have rebuilt as in former style Thanks for your mail -Noodler
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Follow Up By: Member - barbara M (NSW) - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 20:39

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 20:39
Noodler
If the invitation is real we are going out that way in July and was going to camp at the glengarry hilto but would prefer to stay with you willing to contribute have own and am sef sufficient my email is mclachlanclan@yahoo.com.au would have got you to mm but you are not a member
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Reply By: Rockape - Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 20:51

Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 20:51
After being bitten, spray bites with Rid. Father inlaw was a bee keeper and found this the best way to settle stings down.

have tried it and it works
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Follow Up By: noodler - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 17:11

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 17:11
Thank you yes have tried Rid and does work on most things as to others now reason for vinegar trick is cost of others and 1 litre of vinegar goes a long way for little cost
photo of einasliegh Gorge great ,would love to be there ,Hubby looking for that lode of opal first Ha ha his time is running out on digging ,my turn next with dtector and FISHING RODS!
Anytime down our way you are welcome to come and camp bushman style on our claim -Grawin opal Fields Happy Travel -Noodler
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 07:12

Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 07:12
Noodler,
Thanks for the offer.
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Reply By: Member - barbara M (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 21:03

Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 21:03
Hi Noodler,
Only way i can cope with any bited let alone is to take an antihistamine tablet straight away and keep taking them untill i recover dont travel without them all insects love me
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Follow Up By: noodler - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 17:17

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 17:17
thanks Barb but can't take those tabs and drive too ,but all these hints and ideas are great thank you
As in other mail you are welcome to come stay on our claim ,bush camping ,good people come in winter ,great life been here 6 years now on our way around this great country ,have to find right prescription to cure Hubby's opal fever ,only thing that didnt show up in blood tests !!
happy travel noodler
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Follow Up By: Member - barbara M (NSW) - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 20:42

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 20:42
Hi Noodler
When we were in Scotland was told skin so soft repellant from avon and it works for sandflies and midgies but not mossies much better for your skin
hope this helps
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Follow Up By: noodler - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 21:16

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 21:16
Barb will contact by email tomorrow Tuesday as not enough time on generator tonite Yes I'm fair dinkum about offer Till tomorrow afternoon Noodler
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Reply By: Best Off Road - Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 21:04

Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 21:04
Listerine, or one of the generic brands, works amazingly well to eliminate the itch. If buying a generic brand ensure it has that "liniment" smell and foul taste; some of the cheapies are just flavoured ehtanol which is fine for your breath, but doesn't stop the itch.

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Follow Up By: noodler - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 17:22

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 17:22
Now thats a newy listerine -good one -wonder if the 1st 100ml out of the still would work too .hubby brews beer and couple times a year does a spirit mix and find that 1st lot out that is either metho or etho is the best window cleaner so will try that too .
Invitation to stay out here on claim if this way Thank you Noodler
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Reply By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 22:07

Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 22:07
G`day,
Take a Vitamin B1 tablet and a Antihistamine tablet each day.
Bingo,"problem solvered"
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Scrubby.
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 22:29

Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 22:29
An old cure for stings . from the 50's ,is vicks vaporub .
It also acts as a deterrent apparently
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Follow Up By: noodler - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 17:30

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 17:30
Love the name 'SCRUBBY' Vitamin B on the shopping list in 2 weeks time ,antihistimine cant take as go to sleepy bye -miss out on too much going to sleep
LOVE THAT PHOTO OF YOUR FISH but gee you are mean showing them to me ,FRESH FISH ,well that was last eaten 3 years ago at Bermagui ,wont eat the fresh water fish up here water is full of runoff from cotton farms and God knows what is has gone into the rivers in the last 9 years of drought up here ,BUT now all rivers ,creeks warrambools ARE RUNNING FAST ,inconvenient to some but it si needed a good flood.
welcome to come a skite about your catches anytime! Noodler

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Reply By: friar - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 13:38

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 13:38
Vicks Vapour rub works for me. Friar.
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Follow Up By: noodler - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 17:34

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 17:34
dear friar Thanks for your tip ,yes Vicks is good old standby and yes it still works so the shopping list is growing Vicks on it now .Hope the smidges and midges and mosies are not attacking any of you good people on the road ,but think 'they'have all gathered here in the north-west for a political meeting -'How to beat the next spray? '
happy Travelling and hope to met you all up here on the opal fields one day soon -Noodler
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 21:23

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 21:23
This stuff has got a good reputation in WA.

I'm trying to get some locally but out of stock.

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Reply By: Busy Bee - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 22:16

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 22:16
Heard this one from an old timer on ABC radio today, talking about the bities after the rain, went something like this: baby oil, dettol, water equal amounts, 3 or four drops of detergent, shake the mixture, apply with a cloth. He said any oil would do e.g. olive oil or vegetable oil.
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Follow Up By: Twintrail(W.A.) - Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 01:21

Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 01:21
hi the best after being bitten is a dab of good old wait for it vegemite
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Follow Up By: Busy Bee - Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 20:20

Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 20:20
I've heard of the vegemite trick, apparently doesn't stain clothes or smell once it's dried. Also eat vegemite regularly to prevent mozzie bites , it's the vitamin B again.
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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 21:26

Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 21:26
Gday,
Ive never tried this for sand flies, but I would certainly try it!

See link Desert dwellers repellant
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