Mount Bass Fire Trail Sandflies

To: "'Chris Ross'" <>, <>
Subject: Mount Bass Fire Trail Sandflies
From: "Roger Giller" <>
Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2012 11:24:15 +1000
Hi Chris,

I have previously had great success with anti-histamine tablets.  I can't
use them now as they interfere with my blood pressure medication. 

My wife was badly bitten by midges at the Glasshouse Mountains in the middle
of the day. Perhaps that's what got you. The results are very similar to
sandlflies. We went to a pharmacy and they recommended the anti-histamine
tablets and a topical anesthetic/antiseptic cream (Paraderm).

Consult your pharmacist.



-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Ross  
Sent: Monday, 2 April 2012 10:24 PM
Subject: Mount Bass Fire Trail Sandflies

Was out on the Mount Bass Fire Tail in the heathland in Royal National 
Park on Sunday, great day with plenty of birds, including beautiful 
firetails and brown headed honeyeaters and a chestnut rumped heathwren 
and all the normal heath birds  about.  When I got home I noticed the 
characteristic pink-red dots from fresh sandfly bites.  They stayed at 
that overnight before swelling up the next day.   It's probably about 
2-3km from the water and any mangroves and the wind in the wrong 
direction so thought it a bit unusual, assume they are breeding there as 
the area is very wet and muddy in spots.  So watch out if you are 
birding the area, the banks of the Hacking at Audley are also bad for 
them at dusk and dawn.   On that note has anyone come up with a good 
treatment for them, they seem to stay itchy for ages!


Chris Ross


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