How to spot an islander

1238070_551172344949481_657413862_nHERE in the subtropical regions of Woop Woop you only have to check out someone’s ankles to know how close they live to the seaboard. The tell-tale signs of irritating little bites can label you a shore-dweller faster than any accent or choice of clothing.

It’s beaut living by the sea, but there’s always a drawback, right?

Well, for me it’s my daily routine of insect repellent to the lower legs. It’s either that, or the terrible bites I copped within weeks of moving to Queensland in 2012, right as sandfly season took off.

Since then, I’ve been on the search for the most effective mozzie, sandfly, and bug retardant I can find, one which won’t kill me through daily use for half the year.

There’s plenty of home-made remedies out there, and many commercial products include the essential oil of a great Aussie native – Corymbia citriodora – the ‘lemon eucalyptus’.

I want to know if anyone’s got any old-fashioned home remedies to share?

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