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Mosquitos or biting flies in February in Au & NZ

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In summer here in Canada, we get them in the summer and they are not welcome to the party! I wonder whether we need to bring repellent with us. Just occurred to me tonight!

 

Frances

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53 minutes ago, Tansy Mews said:

In summer here in Canada, we get them in the summer and they are not welcome to the party! I wonder whether we need to bring repellent with us. Just occurred to me tonight!

 

Frances

If you’re talking about on a cruise ,no. I’ve heard that they can get bad in the Caribbean on a cruise.

We love to have the cabin door open all night.

If you feel you need it on land you can buy repellent here.

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2 minutes ago, Chiliburn said:

If you’re talking about on a cruise ,no. I’ve heard that they can get bad in the Caribbean on a cruise.

We love to have the cabin door open all night.

If you feel you need it on land you can buy repellent here.

 

Thanks. I meant on excursions. We are going on a few wildlife tours. I don't expect them in the cities, though! What about in the Blue Mountains? Or in Tasmania?

Frances

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Just now, Tansy Mews said:

 

Thanks. I meant on excursions. We are going on a few wildlife tours. I don't expect them in the cities, though! 

Frances

I never wear repellent but I suppose a small can wouldn’t hurt,it won’t take up much space.

 The trick is to drink a lot of alcohol.LOL

Sun screen it a lot more important. Especially in NZ South Island. The ultra violent rays are extremely strong.

 Australia isn’t much better.

We are bought up to respect the sun (we have the highest skin cancer rate )and can’t believe how people lay in the sun.

A hat with a broad rim is good and you’re sun glasses.

But you can buy it here.

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Nz has a lot more mosi's than Oz, especially the south island. But yes sun cream is just as important! buy a spray as its easier to spray on over the top of suncream.

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We get our share, less so closer to the coast

 

Here is one local to me, Hexham Greys have been reported to steal cattle

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Where it is humid, there are likely to be mosquitoes and also if there areas of still water close by. We live fairly close to wetlands and have mosquitoes most of the summer, particularly late in the day. I would have a repellent particularly if you are prone to insect bites. 

 

Enjoy your cruise Down Under.

 

Leigh

 

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If I were you I would put on repellent when you go through the Sounds.  While I didn't get bitten, and insects normally love me, the few times we have gone through, my husband ended up with bites all over his legs.  I put it down to the fact that mine were covered and he wears shorts all year round so they had better opportunity to get him.  Ever since the first time he was bitten though I have put repellent on me to be doubly sure.  Last couple of times he has done it as well. 

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Thanks. Based on clues in your posts, I see that sandflies are the big problem!  I will bring sunscreen and repellent!

 

Thanks. 
 

Frances

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1 hour ago, Tansy Mews said:

Thanks. Based on clues in your posts, I see that sandflies are the big problem!  I will bring sunscreen and repellent!

 

Thanks. 
 

Frances

The best repellent for sandflies is Rid available at most supermarkets in spray or cream. Rid was developed in the tropics where the little devils play havoc.  

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Insects love me.

 

I have not had problems on board the ship sailing these areas.

 

However, on certain excursions where we go into forests and other similar areas I have used repellent and glad I did.

 

Keith

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