Muda Mrefu

The Nairobi Fly Update

paederus-riparius-foto-kozlowski1.jpgWell, upon reading back on last night’s post about my encounter with the Nairobi Fly, I think I ought to return and give the insect the respect it deserves. The skin irritation has developed into a really nasty burn, as if someone has poured acid onto my arm, which is exactly what the beetle did. So I am now using the cure most commonly cited, which is to slather toothpaste all over the wound. The toothpaste has to be of the old-school variety, the chalky stuff that dries up. The latest aqua green Crest with fluorescent spinning martians suspended in it won’t work. Hooray for Tanzanian toothpaste marketing gimmicks being 20 years out of date! Toothpaste is a strong base, and so neutralizes the acid. The dry chalkiness draws the acid out of your skin. It smells nice too. Anyway, I won’t be quite as glib about the Nairobi Fly in the future. It still hurts like hell.


May 9, 2007 - Posted by | porini


  1. hai provato con un callifugo (pomata per i calli)? ti adoro

    Comment by haldo | May 10, 2007 | Reply

  2. Hi friends….
    Your blog is now permanent in my “favorites” I was so excited to hear of your baby news! “”Cheers mates”. We look forward to reading your latest posts! Miss ya tup!

    Comment by Beth & Ian | May 15, 2007 | Reply

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    Comment by cecille | December 17, 2007 | Reply

  4. Nairobi Fly has just had it all for me! This nasty insect; why on earth does it aim just on the EYE! Oh poor me, was just from work cooking about 3days ago en smthing just creeped almost right into my eyes but thank God it remained on the eyelid thogh with all its filth my eye is swollen and very painful. I had to buy celestamine tablets to cool down the pain!

    Comment by Ruth | April 26, 2010 | Reply

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