Leech repelling

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Subject: Leech repelling
From: "Glenn Holmes" <>
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000 11:26:21 +1000
Leeches can be distracting when ascending your legs at the rate of hundreds per hour, especially while attempting bird surveys in moist forests.  Hikers don't understand the problem because they keep moving.  When forced to stand still in deep leaf litter for 20 minutes or more, the numbers attracted can be astounding.
Following the advice of "I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay, I wear women's underwear ....etc", I found that wearing two pairs of fine denier pantyhose stopped leeches from biting me, at least below the waist.
Applications of salt, soap and a little vigilance should take care of the rest.
Glenn Holmes & Associates
*birding & botanical specialists*
PO Box 1246 Atherton  Qld 4883
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