Best way to fight off sand fleas??
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Nov 28, 2007 12:25 AM Last Post By: HammockHeaven
Nov 20, 2007 4:14 AM
Nov 20, 2007 9:43 AM
Nov 20, 2007 11:12 AM
2Hi, It is very true that people have different reactions to sand fly bites, much like allergies. One person will get bites that last a day or two, another will have a leg that looks like hamberger. It is true about the wind warding them off. The best defence is wearing long pants and shirts at dawn and dusk and during the day if they are present. As far as deet goes, it is unquestionable that it works for mosquitos, but not so much for sand flies. Many have found that a good thick coating of baby oil or some other thick oily substance used liberally on the ankels and legs does not repel the bugs but drowns them when they land. Try it and see if it works for you. Greg
Nov 20, 2007 11:38 AM
3They say the Skinsosoft oil works well, but have you ever smelled that stuff?
We've used Burts Bees oil, with pennyroyal oil added to it, which smells great. Seemed to do ok but we weren't on Roatan. It wasn't very effective against mosquitos either. In CR we use Autan, which works on the CR sand flies and mosquitos.
Nov 20, 2007 11:40 AM
Nov 20, 2007 1:27 PM
Nov 20, 2007 1:31 PM
6Neither me nor my brother had any problems in Roatan with sand flies. We used DEET, I don't know if that helped or not. But if it's a dawn and duck thing, we weren't out on the beach then so maybe that was it. I don't know, maybe I was lucky.
Nov 20, 2007 2:58 PM
7I think Greggo has the right idea! Long pants at night is the easiest way to portect yourself! Catacus juice works for me and Tee Tree products are pretty good. Please don't cover yourself in DEET and then jump in the ocean- it doesn't really do much good for the reef!If you do use DEET, I wouldn't recommend spraying ovre open wounds as this causes scarring! I learnt the hard way! Just don't let the bugs ruin your holiday!
Nov 20, 2007 3:36 PM
8Cactus Juice worked for me - I was the only person I saw down there without scabs all over my legs... I've heard Deet doesnt work on sand fleas/flies... I try not to use deet unless necessary, so was happy that the Cactus Juice worked for me.
the sand fleas are there all day - when you're sitting on the beach, etc. Its not something you can control with pants, unless you plan to wear pants all day on the beach. These arent dawn/dusk things - they're there all day.
Nov 20, 2007 4:04 PM
9Long pants are fine, but if you've made your way to the bar after an afternoon of diving, you probably will still be wearing a bathing suit. I carried around a bottle of bug spray with deet, gave my legs a spray and had no troubles. If you forget your spray one day, then it's a minor inconvenience, but really isn't that big a deal.
Nov 20, 2007 4:39 PM
Nov 20, 2007 6:57 PM
11Seems to be different for everyone so may as well add my thoughts to the list... for me, the best thing for both sandflies and mosquitos is 'OFF!' (the orange one's slightly better than the green) but it does have deet in... I found Cactus Juice didn't really work... baby oil does work, but you have to put sooooo much on that it's really kind of disgusting, and useless for sunbathing unless you want to fry yourself! And... what else? Oh - I found SkinSoSoft really good for mosquitos but doesn't stop sandflies. Don't know how helpful that was... anyway with any luck there'll be a bit of a breeze to keep them away - fingers crossed!
Nov 20, 2007 9:43 PM
12Seems to be problem to be delt with however you can.
We were on the coast near Tela, hiked up to Punta Sal and back over about a week. The first morning camping I strolled out to the waterside in shorts, and practically heard the buggers converging on me. From then on it was the one pair of long pants I had for every day.
Like one of the above said, the real problem is when you go out during the day, and find yoursef at a restaurant or bar when the sun starts to set. You get chewed up in about 10 minutes.
Nov 26, 2007 7:21 AM
Nov 28, 2007 12:25 AM
14Try whatever you can! I got bit and had an allergic reaction- every bite (like a hundred) turned into a little blister. This was in july and I still have pink spots on my legs. Next time i'm dousing myself with deet! pants! anything! I looked like a freak- but I was the only one with such a terrible reaction. It just depends on your specific reaction.
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