Insect problems in the Kimberleys
We are undertaking a 14 day 4WD camper van trip - Broome to Broome via the Gibb River Rd from 25 May. My wife suffers badly from midge bites and we were wondering whether we are likely to suffer from insect problems in the general area.
We will carry the usual Bushman Repellent but as we will be "living" outside the camper what extra protection, if any, would be advisable?
Re: Insect problems in the Kimberleys
Unfortunately there is a good chance that you will come across midges (or sandflies, as everybody here calls them, though midges is the correct term).
If your wife reacts badly then you probably know from experience when and where to look out for them.
Are you going up to Cape Leveque
? Places like Cape Leveque and the whole Dampier Peninsula
, or the Broome area, e.g. the Willie Creek Pearl Farm, the Bird Observatory... And Derby
as well. All the coastal areas can get bad on humid, still days.
There is not much you can do other than diligently use repellent on all exposed skin and cover up as much skin as possible. Mosquito coils do help some as well when you sit outside at night. And pray for cool nights and a stiff breeze!
The Gibb River Road
should be ok as it is well away from the coast. (Of course you then still have the mosquitoes...) You'll have to take more care again as you get towards Kununurra
. The Pentecost River is tidal where you cross it, and Wyndham
is again midge heaven.
One more thing that may be worth trying is taking a good Vitamin B supplement, starting now.
Vitamin B—or lots and lots of Vegemite :-)—makes you less palatable to biting insects. It works really well for some people, though not for everybody.
Vitamin B1 can also reduce the severity of the skin reaction, but you need to take it for at least 30 days to get that effect. Again, it works quite well for most people, but for some reason not for all.
If your wife never tried it then I would give it a shot.
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