What can I do about sand flies? I do not want to spend the trip getting biten. Also how about mosquitos? We'll be there in november. I also wanted more info on these tidy bowl / blue drinks, they sound like one heck of an evening?!! thanks.
There are as many "cures" for sand flies as there are flies. The incidence of the critters is random throughout the year, and not everyone is bothered. Prevalent wisdom, including that of one the physcians in SP, indicates that perhaps double doses of Vitamin B Complex works pretty good. Take two tablets a day a week prior to your trip and also while there. Apparently gives your skin/blood a slight sulfur smell. Yummy. We're not bothered by them, but the vitamin B thing worked for our kids at Christmas.
On the other hand if you injest enough of those "nasty" blue things, you will NOT care the least about insects, or much else for that matter. (Or so I've been told)
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ChooChoo- Thanks for the advice, I have heard that B complex works for mosquitos I will be sure to eat plenty before I go. I'm Really excited about trying the Blue drink, I think by november I will be ready for just about any kind of drink! I've seen you around the board for some time any other advice for a first timer coming to san Pedro?
Move really, really slow, smile ALL the time, and enjoy your good fortune to be there.
Oh yeah, the orange juice man is just to the left of the statue in front of the grocery at the north end of town. Behind the burrito stand, knock on the blue door. Makes a mean screwdriver if one were so inclined.
Vitamin B6 did not work for us! We didn't see any Sandflies in Belize but they sure where on Roatan. Very bad in September! we took tons of B6 4 weeks prior and during trip and used up to 100% DEET but the Sandflies still thought we where tasty! We looked like we had the chicken pox. Mosquitos where no problem so. They where there but with some Deet in the evening and no big deal.
Obviously your skin is not greasy enough and your blood is sweet. This intrepid medical advise comes from our MD on SP. Said the reason the kids got bit and I did not was because I was oily, and my blood was bitter and sour. Hah, and he only knew me for two years.
Oily and sour....got it right. Besides, Roatan can be a nasty place, bugs and all. Just kidding. See y'all. Bombs away.