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Photographer’s Lifestyle – The Pest and the Outdoor Photographer (preview)

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Common mosquito
Mosquitoes can carry the disease West Nile virus, which can be harmful to people over 50 and who have compromised immune systems.

Story by Roy Ramsay

By the time you read this it will be June or later. Summer is in full swing across the country and with it comes the biting pests of the season.


Every one of us has been bitten, and most likely more than once. The most common bites Canadian outdoor photographers experience are black fly, mosquito, tick, wasp, spider and deer fly. These bites are annoying, but for the most part harmless with the exception of the West Nile virus-infected mosquito, and Lyme disease-carrying tick, and of course if you are allergic to any particular insect bite.

As outdoor photographers we face these pests head on in search of the perfect photo. Most of the time we are out during the prime times for insect bites, sunrise and sunset, although they do occur at other times also. You might wonder why I am dedicating this column to biting insects. Well the answer is simple, we deal with them every day during the spring and summer, and we should be aware of any potential dangers they present, and how to avoid them if possible. Prevention can come in many forms from bug sprays and lotions to light-coloured loose clothing, because the alternative of just staying indoors all season is just not an option. 

Now I’m not an entomologist (one who studies insects), just an experienced outdoor photographer who has come into contact, and been bitten by most of these insects. Read on to find out what to do when you encounter these biters …

To read more of Roy’s tips on dealing with seasonal insects, and read this not-to-miss issue please pick up the Summer 2018 issue today online or at your local newsstand. To never miss an issue you can subscribe here


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