"Buggie" nights...A reality of living in the bush in Africa during the summer months...

Mom with four piglets napping on the edge of the lucerne.  They visit at least once a day.  The piglets have begun to show some interest in pellets.
"Sighting of the Day in the Bush"
A second visit from the thick-tailed bushbaby.
Last night around 2000 hours (8:00 pm), for the first time since we arrived in Marloth Park in February, there were so many insects buzzing us, flying in our faces and landing on and in our clothing, we had no choice but to go inside.
It went from almost no insects to this buzzing frenzy in a mere 24 hours.  The only thing we can attribute this to is a result of the rains of several days ago.  Even after we'd gone inside with the door closed, more insects buzzed us.  
We had no choice but to go into the bedroom (where we keep the door closed at all times), turn on the aircon and watch an episode of a TV series we're wrapping up after watching a few episodes each week, The Brave (disappointingly, this show wasn't renewed for a second season).
Wounded is beginning to look a little better but we doubt he can see from his left eye.  He looks thin and weary but we're feeding him all he'll eat and we're sure other residents are doing the same.
This morning as I was getting showered and dressed for the day, I spotted a slew of those pesky flying things in the bathroom.  How did they get in?  What are these long-winged beige colored flying things?  
I researched online but couldn't find them.  If any of our readers know what these are, please let us know.  We experienced these same pesky things in Kenya over five years ago.  I suppose we'll see them again when we return to Kenya in 64 days.
This morning, back on the veranda, no insects are flying about our heads other than an occasional fly, bee or hornet.  With both of us allergic to bees and hornets, we get up and move when they pester us.  I have so much repellent on, I can't imagine why any insect would approach me, but they do.
Six bushbucks came to call around the same time.  Generally, they don't stay in groups but these two moms, two babies, and two other females showed up simultaneously.
For the past week, I've been using the DEET free repellent friends Uschi and Evan recommended as non-toxic.  I'm still getting some bites but they don't appear to be mosquito bites.  
They look and react more like chigger bites.  I'm not getting bit at night since the mattress was replaced but can't figure out where these are coming from.  Each day I have three or four more bites that itch for weeks, especially during the night.  
Last night I was awakened no less than five times due to the severe itching of about six of the bites.  I put cortisone cream on them for a little bit of relief but only lasts for an hour or two.  I don't scratch much at all, knowing this makes it worse.
This is Africa.  There are insects and there are bites.  I guess I'll just have to live with it for the remaining time we're on the continent, using the safer DEET free repellent. The bites weren't occurring any less frequently when using the repellents with DEET so I suppose the DEET free product is ultimately better.
This morning we found thousands of dead insects on the veranda.  We have no idea why they died or why so many at one time. 
Soon, we're heading to Komatipoort so I'm rushing through today's posts.  I have a dentist appointment and we have to do our usual grocery shopping.  When dining out a few nights a week and time marching on until our departure, we're purchasing fewer groceries than we had a few months ago.

We have plenty of meat (beef, chicken, pork, and fish) left in the big freezer which we're attempting to go through now until we purchase any more.  With many social plans over the holidays, we'll be dining out often and won't be cooking many big meals for now.

Tonight, we're meeting Rita and Gerhard at Ngwenya for early evening river viewing and the buffet dinner indoors.  We'll see how the insect situation is on the veranda as the evening wears on.  We may be going inside to dine earlier than usual if we're bombarded with these insects again.

That's it for today folks.  We had some interesting wildlife events in the past few days which we'll share in tomorrow's post when we have a little more time.  Right now, as more and more holidaymakers arrive in the bush, we've yet to see a single visitor this morning.  This could be our fate over the next three to four weeks as more and more tourists filter in.

Have a pleasant day and night wherever you may be, hopefully, free of pests buzzing about your head!


Photo from one year ago today, December 13, 2017:

As we approached Cape Horn in South America on the cruise, one year ago today.  For more, please click here.


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