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#86683 - 05/24/04 06:51 PM Just got back -- Pica Pica, mosquitos & more
luvphins1 Offline
Just got back on Saturday and had an unbelievable time. We did not want to leave. I'll post more later, but wanted to give these hints.

The pica pica is still there. Only saw it around Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley last week.

We got eaten alive by mosquitos just in the first day. We rented a house 3.5 miles south of town which I'm sure had something to do with it. I had both the 25% and 99% Deet (Jungle Juice from REI and it smelled better than the 25%). I recommend the 99% because the 25% didn't stop those little critters at all. Even got bit at some of the restaurants in town. Mine are better, but my husband still has huge red welts from them and he's not allergic to them!

Don't forget the bug spray!!

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#86684 - 05/24/04 06:53 PM Re: Just got back -- Pica Pica, mosquitos & more
USNA73 Offline
Ouch!
Sounds like good advice.

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#86685 - 05/24/04 07:01 PM Re: Just got back -- Pica Pica, mosquitos & more
USNA73 Offline
PS: Jungle Juice - Bottle or spray?

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#86686 - 05/24/04 07:16 PM Re: Just got back -- Pica Pica, mosquitos & more
scubabarbi Offline
:rolleyes:Hi can anyone tell me what the typical duration of PicaPica season is? eek confused

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#86687 - 05/24/04 07:24 PM Re: Just got back -- Pica Pica, mosquitos & more
seashell Offline
Have your husband take a spoonful of Benadryl and put some cortizone on his bites.
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#86688 - 05/24/04 07:25 PM Re: Just got back -- Pica Pica, mosquitos & more
Fluffy Offline
Thanks for the advice and I look forward to reading your trip report. I leave on Wednesday and will pack the bug spray. Thanks!

Only two more sleeps!! cool cool

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#86689 - 05/24/04 08:10 PM Re: Just got back -- Pica Pica, mosquitos & more
luvphins1 Offline
Jungle Juice is in a white bottle with green letters and a green cap. It is a spray bottle. I think you can get 2 different sizes. More expensive than Off, but well worth it.

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#86690 - 05/24/04 09:16 PM Re: Just got back -- Pica Pica, mosquitos & more
wannaBEthere Offline
Psssttt .... Have I got a deal for you ...

(AKA, "wanna but some stuff")

I bought some Safe Sea to take with us "just in case". Well the "just in case" never happened, and don't think I'll need it here in OH.

It's never been opened, nope, not even to smell. Also rated 30 SPF. I paid $10 for it. It's yours for what I paid for it and I won't charge for regular shipping.

If anyone is interested you can email me at: m_lauzau@yahoo.com

cool
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#86691 - 05/24/04 09:41 PM Re: Just got back -- Pica Pica, mosquitos & more
Goin Belize Offline
Are there more mosquitos south of town? We're staying at Caribe and now I'm afraid (they love me and I'm allergic to them)

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#86692 - 05/24/04 10:10 PM Re: Just got back -- Pica Pica, mosquitos & more
luvphins1 Offline
There did seem to be more south of town. Caribe was about a 1/2 mile north of where we were. We probably got most of our bites south of Caribe because there is jungle on both sides of the road. We still got some in town though. I'm allergic as well. They swell up real quick. Make sure to take good, high Deet spray and anti-itch cream (cortizone) and benadryl with you. We put the spray on several times a day. I'm sure it's not great for you, but I even sprayed my hands with the spray and lightly put it on my face and ears. We also had rain the first couple days which I'm sure contributed to the mosquito colonies. I don't want to scare you, if you go in prepared by knowing that you need the spray you should be fine.

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