Flying Insects are both the most mobile, and common, pests
you will encounter, keep reading for all of the information you need to help you protect yourself from Flies and Mosquitoes.
Flying Insect SpeciesAustralia
is well known for its abundant fly population
, particularly in semi-arid areas, and these are likely to be the most persistent and annoying pest you'll run in to. The most common are the non-biting species known as the Common House Fly, and their relative the Bush Fly and although they are not harmful to humans, the sheer number of them make them a priority when planning insect protection. Also commonly found are biting fly species including Horse/March Flies, Stable Flies, and Biting Midges (also known as Sand Flies), which can deliver painful bites that may also trigger allergic reactions in rare cases.
Another flying insect to watch out for are the various species of Mosquitoes found near water bodies and in temperate and sub-tropical climates. The main threat posed by Mosquitoes (as well as the annoying bites) are the blood borne diseases they may carry, in Australia
the diseases spread by mosquitoes are Dengue Fever (Far North QLD
only), Australian Encephalitis, Ross
Virus and Barmah Forest Virus. For this reason, personal protection from Mosquito bites is crucial, particularly when travelling through areas where these diseases are reported as being active.
How to Protect Yourself from Flying Insects
There are many effective ways to protect yourself from flying insects, both while at camp and out and about, here are our top tips:
Physical Barriers Wear as much protective clothing as possible including long sleeved shirts and long pants, and if possible a Mosquito Headnet, also ensure that you have ample mosquito nets setup at camp.
Personal Insect Repellants Either commerical insect repellants such as Bushman's and Aeroguard or home-made insect repellants (common ingredients include Dettol, Citronella Oil, Eucalyptus Oil etc), should be applied frequently to exposed skin), also avoid wearing black or blue clothing as insects are attracted to these colours.
Repellants at Camp Use insecticide sprays formulated specifically for flying insects, as well as items such as citronella lamps and candles to keep bugs at bay, another tip is to use yellow camp lights as these are not as attractive to insects as white lighting.