Today's health tip brought to you by Benson and Hedges
Just in case those socks don't work..... I dunno if most of you learnt this
on your mother's knee, but the glowing tip of a cigarette held just above a
leech or tick will quickly persuade them to let go - and it is much more
hygenic than simply pulling them off.
From: Merrilyn Serong <>
To: Brian Fleming <>
Cc: Phil Hansbro <>;
Date: 26 November 2000 23:24
Subject: Leech socks & mozzie nets??
>> Phil Hansbro wrote:
>> > Would anyone know where to get some Leech socks.
>> Anthea Fleming wrote:
>> Dear Phil,
>> Seriously though, I am interested in the idea; the only anti-leech
>> technique I know of is to impregnate socks and trousers with salt and/or
>> insecticide (don't know which one). I dislike leeches.
>> Anthea Fleming in Melbourne
>Dear Phil, Anthea, and others plagued by leeches
>I am learning to live with leeches as they inhabit the wet forests that I
>frequent in the Vic Central Highlands. My main method of leech avoidance
>to cover up as much as I can, including wearing long pants and gaiters and
>long sleeved tops. This also helps against mozzies to some extent and more
>recently I have had a couple of bees flying about or crawling on me.
>Leeches can be very distracting when trying to bird, but I actually find
>them to be less trouble than flying insects and can be picked off the
>clothes very easily if you check regularly. Yesterday I had 7 leeches on
>in about 1 1/2 hours, but got them all off without them drawing blood.
>Sometimes they get on my face and hands, but if it is not raining it is
>to feel them, because they are so cold. It is a good idea to carry a
>as it makes it easier to remove leeches from you face when you can see what
>you are doing.
>As leeches do not restrict themselves to the ankles, I don't think
>leech-proof socks would be adequate. I wonder if the body-suit Cathy
>Freeman wore in the Olympic 400 m is leech-proof? That would be great.
>I have tried putting insect repellant on my boots to deter the leeches, but
>they just go straight over it.
>Happy leech-free birding,
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