tsetse flies & colors?

Old May 3rd, 2007, 04:12 PM
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tsetse flies & colors?

hello,

ok...so i have gathered that black & dark blue are no-nos if you want to avoid the tsetse fly. What about dark green or gray? (these are the colors of our current fleeces - wondering whether to return for new color or not)

We're spending 3 of our days in tarangire, which i think has a lot of the buggers, so we would like to be as unappealing to them as possible. we're now 2 months away...wish it were tomorrow! thanks all for your help.
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 04:29 PM
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From my experiences dark green is nearly similar to dark blue. I noticed that several times during game drives where people with dark green fleeces were really pested by the flies while the people beneath them with more neutrale coloured clothes weren't much effected. Surprisingly most of these people in green were guides.
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 04:51 PM
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I had a gray sweatshirt I wore and was bothered a lot by tsetses but this could be completely coincidental. On another trip I wasn't bothered by them at all. For some reason the ones in Tarangire didn't seem to bite me but the ones out in the Western Corridor did. Go figure.
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 04:59 PM
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thank you both for your replies!
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 05:03 PM
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Here's what may be a silly question... are tsetse flies active both day and night? In other words, does the color thing matter as much if you're sitting around camp in the evening?
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Good question - the anopheles mosquito is active at night, what about the tsetse fly. I seem to remember from my time in Uganda that they were active during the day.

and, so dark colors are bad - how about pastels? I will be in mostly neutrals and khaki, but I need a little color.
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 10:21 PM
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Tsetse flies are only active during daylight. And you very rarely encounter them in camp.
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 10:22 PM
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never been bothered by tsetses at night. pastels are fine but the tsetse traps in Zambia/Zimbabwe were more of a bright blue than a dark blue so i'd avoid any blue. i wore dark green and wasn't bothered by anything.
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I totally recommend a bugshirt from www.bugshirt.com. The shirts keep you cool and tsetse-free. They gave me 100% protection in Meru, the Western Corridor of Serengeti and Ugalla. With that shirt on, you can wear all blue if you want.
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With that shield on, you look like something from outer space! Is it hot in there?
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Old May 5th, 2007, 03:29 PM
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The normal primary hosts of the tsetse are the dark colored Cape Buffalo & Wildebeest. Other grazing animals are also fair targets. So there are programed (by their genetic heritage and evolution) to target dark colors. Blue comes pretty close to these animal hides as far as their photoreceptors are concerned. However, other dark colors are also attractive. So, one bit of advice might be to look as little like a buffalo as possible
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too late....getting more buffalo like on a daily basis. Just have to start that diet.
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