Insect Life in NSW in February
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Oct 3, 2012 10:37 PM Last Post By: Groo
Oct 2, 2012 11:59 AM
Insect Life in NSW in FebruaryI'm planning our first visit to Australia to look up some relatives in Sydney & Melbourne and travel around in NSW /Victoria . We quite like the idea of hiring a basic Campervan but I am convcerned that while we are eating alfresco the local insect life will be dining on us - I seem to regularly find myself the human of choice for the creatures here in the UK and I'm advised they are more voracious in Australia.
Any thoughts on how bad it is, how to manage the problem or whether it would be better to be indoors in a cabin / lodge YHA etc at this time of the year
Oct 2, 2012 2:00 PM
1During the day it will be flies, at around dawn & dusk you will be bothered by mosquitoes. They can be bad, or not, depending on where you are. Carry a can/roll on of Aerogard, or Off, and the bugs will leave you alone. Also, when camping, carry a couple of citronella candles or mosquito coils (most camping shops & supermarkets have them) - put one on the table and one on the ground near where you will be sitting/relaxing. They do work.
Edited by: KoalasRule
Oct 2, 2012 2:40 PM
Oct 2, 2012 2:57 PM
Oct 2, 2012 4:53 PM
Oct 2, 2012 5:26 PM
5Flies (especially over the summer) are a part of the Australian experience, we just live with them using the good advice above.
Common flies don't bite you, they are attracted to food, sweat etc. and are just a nuisance. You will see what is called the "Australian salute" which is hand waving around the head to shoo away the flies. There are some bitey flies but they aren't very common.
Mosquitoes do bite but for most people it is just an annoying reddening but as outlined above using personal body insect repellent will do the job (same to keep flies off your body). As a general statement mosquitoes don't carry other diseases like in the tropics (malaria and dengue fewer).
I say go for the campervan and adapt like we do!! You'll have a great time.
Oct 3, 2012 4:44 AM
I am a mozzie magnet, and find that tropical strength Bushmans is good for keeping the pests away.
Oct 3, 2012 3:22 PM
Oct 3, 2012 10:37 PM
8Fortunately they are slow and easy to swat
In September and October they are, but by November / December the slow learners have been killed off, only the smart ones remain and they can be quite difficult to swat, especially if you are doing something that requires the use of both hands.
Just a touch of Darwinism here. Only the smartest live to enjoy the pleasures associated with breeding.
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