Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2
Chitras #121694
04/29/06 09:53 PM
04/29/06 09:53 PM
Joined: Apr 2006
Posts: 5
Northern Minnesota, USA
nthlndvr Offline OP
 
nthlndvr  Offline OP
What is the situation with chitras on AC and other outer cays? My wife and I enjoy the tropics but she seems particularly sensitive to the chitra bites. She ends up with a 3-day bite mark that itches enough to keep her awake. We've experineced them around Dangriga and the Caribbean coast of Panama but not much on "Water Cay" east of Hopkins.

Any hints on where to go to avoid them but still get in on the ocean fun?

Re: Chitras #121695
04/29/06 11:59 PM
04/29/06 11:59 PM
Joined: Apr 2006
Posts: 72
kelly d Offline
 
kelly d  Offline
What the heck is a chitra???

Re: Chitras #121696
04/30/06 07:51 AM
04/30/06 07:51 AM
Joined: Mar 2006
Posts: 1,818
South Ambergris Caye
JZB Offline
.
JZB  Offline
I think Chitras are more commonly known as sandflies?, So it would depend on what time of the year you will be here. When they are around, on the ocean is where you want to be. Chitons is a mollusk so I don't think that is what you are talking about. I am just guessing here.

Re: Chitras #121697
04/30/06 08:45 AM
04/30/06 08:45 AM
Joined: Apr 2006
Posts: 5
Northern Minnesota, USA
nthlndvr Offline OP
 
nthlndvr  Offline OP
Yes, I'm talking about sand flies, gnats, no-see-ums. I've commonly heard them called "chitras" or "chitre's" in the Caribbean and Central America. They are black or dark brown, very small and you feel them when they bite. Usually, that's the first thing that let's you know they're around. Sometimes you can catch them at it and swat them but they're quick.

They don't seem to bother everyone equally and to most they are a mere nuisance. To others, they are more of a pest because their bite persists for several days.

How common are they on the cays and when are they least likely to be bothersome?

Re: Chitras #121698
04/30/06 10:22 AM
04/30/06 10:22 AM
Joined: Mar 2006
Posts: 1,818
South Ambergris Caye
JZB Offline
.
JZB  Offline
Its been my experience (and I've had many with these little buggers), They are the worst around sunrise and sunset when there is little or no wind. If you are in town, you probably won't notice them but if you are staying in the north or south they can be relentless when there is no breeze (usually July through Oct). So far this year they haven't been much of a problem at all.

Re: Chitras #121699
04/30/06 01:05 PM
04/30/06 01:05 PM
Joined: Apr 2006
Posts: 5
Northern Minnesota, USA
nthlndvr Offline OP
 
nthlndvr  Offline OP
Thanks for the info. It seems like they are pretty universal in the Caribbean wherever there is sand and surf and sun.

We were in Maui about 5 years ago and I don't think that we ever noticed one there. Perhaps the water is just enough cooler.

Re: Chitras #121700
04/30/06 04:33 PM
04/30/06 04:33 PM
Joined: Mar 2006
Posts: 35
San Diego, CA/Mexico Rocks
G
globalboy Offline
 
globalboy  Offline
G
so how does one prevent them from biting ?

Re: Chitras #121701
04/30/06 04:47 PM
04/30/06 04:47 PM

A
Anonymous
Unregistered
Anonymous
A
They were horrible in September - no problem when I was there last month. I've read that baby oil is supposed to help. I'll be trying that this Sept. as the deet seemed to make no difference at all last Sept.

Re: Chitras #121702
04/30/06 05:20 PM
04/30/06 05:20 PM
Joined: Mar 2006
Posts: 137
Oley Valley, Pa. USA
mikeh375 Offline
 
mikeh375  Offline
Baby oil is effective for bite prevention. It's quite thick, and the little buggers land on it, and get mired in it due to its thickness, then they drown.


Coming to you from the beautiful Oley Valley.
Re: Chitras #121703
05/01/06 07:34 AM
05/01/06 07:34 AM
Joined: Mar 2006
Posts: 1,818
South Ambergris Caye
JZB Offline
.
JZB  Offline
I do use baby oil when they are bad. It works well if you apply enough of it. You just have to deal with the greasy feeling plus a bunch of little corpses stuck to you. Beats the alternative.

Page 1 of 2 1 2

Links
Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!

Things to do

News
Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
BelizeNews.com
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Amandala
ReefTV
Love FM
The Reporter
PLUS TV
TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
SanPedroScoop
iTravel Belize
Paradise Theater
Paradise Guy Event Calendar

Blogs
San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
Tacogirl
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Bound for Belize
Conch Creative
As The Coconuts Drop
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Click for Ian Anderson's Caves Branch, Welcome to a World of Adventure
Lil Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
August
S M T W T F S
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31
Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
Mini Chat
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 132 guests, and 11 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Forums44
Topics67,382
Posts470,776
Members19,226
Most Online1,262
Jun 10th, 2007



AmbergrisCaye.com CayeCaulker.org HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town
BelizeSearch.com Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History
BelizeNews.com Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory
BelizeCards.com Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.1.1