putsi flies
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putsi flies

putsi flies

Where the climate is hot and humid, certain insects such as
putsi flies
and tumbu flies are prone to laying their eggs on wet and drying clothes.

These hatch on coming into contact with you and the larvae then bury themselves under your skin. Soon after they take on the appearance of a crop of boils, each of which hatches a grub after about a week. As disgusting as this may seem, it is usually a relatively harmless experience, the wounds should heal well enough if treated with a suitable dry anti-septic.

It is important to dry your clothes within a screened enclosure, in direct sunlight and preferably to have it all well ironed. The short answer is to get your laundry done properly by a lodge rather than do it yourself.

Read more about putsi flies in Wikipedia.


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