Bumps. Welts. Red splotches. Itchy spots.If this is your body after an outdoor outing, you need help. No matter what you do, you can’t completely eliminate the creeping, crawling, flying pests. However, the following tips will at least decrease the number of offenses you suffer and the amount of liquid refreshment you donate to the nasty little suckers.Get that woodsy smell as soon as possible. Bees and bugs are attracted to strong fragrances, so avoid using soaps, lotions, shampoos, and colognes. Forgo the deodorant before heading into the woods.Be aware of the colors you wear. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors, especially blue. Pick beige or other neutral colors for hiking clothes.Learn to recognize places that are popular with bugs. Look before you sit down to make sure you’re not about to take a break on an anthill. Ticks gather on tall grasses and overhanging brush, yellow jackets nest in the ground, flies hover around animals, and mosquitoes like cool, moist places. (Ladies, you’ll be gratified to know studies show that mosquitoes prefer men. Bring along your boyfriend, husband, or other member of the opposite sex and watch the bugs go for him instead of you.)Be aware of the times of day bugs will be most active. Black flies are busiest in the morning, mosquitoes just after sunrise and before sunset, and deer flies during midday. (If you happen to be in a place where all of these are present at the same time—good luck!)Use clothing to cover your skin. Some authorities suggest wearing long sleeves and pants year-round. Of course, it can get mighty hot and humid wearing those clothes during a southern Appalachian summer, so if you hike in a T-shirt and shorts, bring along repellent. (I’ll be discussing various repellent options in a future posting.)Check yourself and your hiking partners for ticks and/or bites. In the case of deer ticks, which are the source of Lyme disease, the thing you are looking for could be as small as the period at the end of this sentence. Treat a bite with hydrogen peroxide and watch for a bulls-eye rash or flu-like symptoms. The presence of either should prompt a visit to your doctor.The long days of summer are made for outings in the woods. Just be prepared and don’t let the little buggers get to you.
How to renovate in a pandemic Builder to the stars’ dream home MORE PROPERTY STORIES The two properties at 5 Quarry St, Hamilton. Photo: suppliedWith one home selling for $4 million before building even commences, there’s now only one chance left to secure breathtaking views of the city from 5 Quarry St, Hamilton. Views from 5 Quarry St, Hamilton. Photo: suppliedAward-winning designer Chris Clout has cast a spell over the elevated site, with both houses to feature a glamorous wet edge swimming pool which appears to hover above the third level balcony.Developer Hunter Hopkins delivers these luxury apartments to market in a suburb that is making a comeback after years of road works on Kingsford Smith Drive. “This expressway has hurt Hamilton prices and now it’s almost finished, prices will jump back up,” Place Ascot selling agent Patrick McKinnon said. “We’ve had a three-year hiatus and as agents we’re really excited.”Brisbane City Council expects the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade to a six lane gateway to the city will be completed later this year. Inside 5 Quarry St, Hamilton. Photo: suppliedThe four-level, five-bedroom property at 5A Quarry St will look over Kingsford Smith Drive and out to the city from its elevated position on Hamilton Hill.The residence will have a plush master bedroom across the fourth floor with a private terrace and large ensuite.Directly below will be the main living level, with open-plan living areas supported by a kitchen, butler’s pantry and wine cellar. The outdoor entertainment terrace on this level will have the pool which overlooks the city.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours agoParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours ago The main open-plan living area. Photo: suppliedLevel two sees the four remaining bedrooms and below this is the ground floor garage with lift to access all the levels above.Construction of the 5A and 5B, on a combined 842sq m block, is expected to be finished in the first quarter of 2021. Executive luxury at 5 Quarry St, Hamilton. Photo: supplied“The first property sold right when COVID-19 was at its peak, in a cash unconditional contract to a family with older kids,” Mr McKinnon said.“And we have another two buyers on the other house … our inquiries are off the chart.”