Work again today and I am pretty much back to normal now. Viruses are so annoying. We have been pretty lucky actually on this trip, I think living outdoors probably helps that a bit, and also the warmer weather.
We have both noticed the amount of mosquitoes and Midgies has increased massively and I am getting ravaged by them now – one draw back of living your life outside. I think I had about 20 bites on my left arm alone and they keep me awake at night itching. I have given in and accepted that DEET is now the only option for me during the build up and wet season. During the Dry season the DEET free products worked well, my favourite is definitely one called True Local (Sam East, I think you will LOVE this one and I will bring some back with me). We also used a home made brew of Dettol and Baby Oil which works really, really well but makes you smell like a hospital. The other issue with this one is that the Baby Oil makes me feel quite hot as it stops you sweating and the sweat evaporating, so you feel pretty sticky. But it soothes the bites that you have and it stops you getting more, so that is pretty good. But now that the numbers have increased massively, I have to make sure I put spray with DEET in it, first thing in the morning before I go to the bathroom and again before sunset, otherwise I get so many bites before I even start the day. So annoying and uncomfortable. I chatted to the Dr about it to make sure they support it and she agreed that it is the only option up here in the Wet Season. Even Col who never gets bitten when I am around is having to put on DEET now.
We have also noticed the increase in Cane Toads too. Still not huge numbers but you see at least one a night now.