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Sand flies? Noseeums? #234218
04/02/07 11:38 PM
04/02/07 11:38 PM
Joined: Mar 2007
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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I was wondering if other people who visit always get covered in bug bites? When I was there in Feb me and all of my friends were terribly itchy and I would like to prevent that, if at all possible, when I return in May. I was told baby oil was the only solution but being covered in oil gets too greasy and the sand really sticks to ya!! HELP.......

Re: Sand flies? Noseeums? [Re: TamTam] #234240
04/03/07 09:57 AM
04/03/07 09:57 AM
Joined: Mar 2006
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South Ambergris Caye
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I also have problems with bites so if you find something better, please let me know!
If you don't want to slather up in baby oil, wear long sleeves and pants (preferably linen), don't stand around where there is no wind and be sure to keep your skin protected especially during dawn and dusk!

Re: Sand flies? Noseeums? [Re: JZB] #234267
04/03/07 12:24 PM
04/03/07 12:24 PM
Joined: Nov 2005
Posts: 32
Northern California
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If there's a biting bug in the area it'll find me. The only thing that I've found that works is DEET, like 90%. You can usually get it at a sporting goods store. The bugs laugh at Off and Cutter's. A little bit of DEET goes a long way. You don't need to slather it on. A little bit here and there. It IS oily though. Also, stay away from fragrances/hairspray. It seems to attract them.

Re: Sand flies? Noseeums? [Re: skubakat] #234324
04/03/07 10:18 PM
04/03/07 10:18 PM
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Caye Caulker
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Right now their are no bugs. The sand flies etc come with the rainy season which we had alot of rain this year. Things usually get better in March and for sure in April.

Re: Sand flies? Noseeums? [Re: Cooper] #234326
04/03/07 10:33 PM
04/03/07 10:33 PM
Joined: Aug 2002
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bogalusa, LA USA
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can't think of the name of the product, but avon carries a sunscreen/bug repellant....excellent stuff...never had a problem, contact avon...sure they will know what i am talking about...

Re: Sand flies? Noseeums? [Re: kerry] #234328
04/03/07 10:47 PM
04/03/07 10:47 PM
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Posts: 24
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
without regret Offline
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The Avon product is called "Skin So Soft". People there swear by I heard over the years.

Re: Sand flies? Noseeums? [Re: without regret] #234338
04/04/07 06:25 AM
04/04/07 06:25 AM
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I've always used skin so soft, you can get it from your Avon lady (spray bottle) also don't use perfume as the bugs do like good smelling folks.
Never had more than a few ankle bites.

Re: Sand flies? Noseeums? [Re: J DOG] #234377
04/04/07 01:31 PM
04/04/07 01:31 PM
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oregon, spr
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Re: Sand flies? Noseeums? [Re: Marty] #234378
04/04/07 01:41 PM
04/04/07 01:41 PM
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Posts: 820
San Pedro
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Avon has some new products that contain picaradin. Not as smelly as deet and won't melt things.
It's much better than the old Skin So Soft stuff, and lasts longer. They also have a few that contain sunscreen so you only have to put on one during the day. See and look for insect repellants. Right now they are 50% off. I just stocked up for a Roatan trip!

Last edited by Islenutt; 04/04/07 01:42 PM.
Re: Sand flies? Noseeums? [Re: Islenutt] #234416
04/04/07 08:40 PM
04/04/07 08:40 PM
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Nothing that I have tried really seemed to repel them. Baby oil or Skin-So-Soft oil was messy and just attracted sand grains. Long pants and socks work but are too hot. Deet based repellent worked great for all bugs except noseeums/sandflies. I get terrible reactions to them, large blisters that ooze and itch so badly I wake up tearing at my skin. Best thing I have found is to keep in the wind and keep the fans blowing on high.

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