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No-see-ums are small biting flies (called sand flies, black gnats, biting midges, punkies, etc. depending on where encountered) that appear during the summer months. These tiny biting insects are barely visible to the naked eye, but their bites can be very painful and annoying. The bite usually starts as a small red welt (1/8 or so) or water-filled blister that itches. Once scratched, the welt can break open and bleed, but the itching usually continues. Allergic or sensitive individuals may develop long-lasting painful and itchy lesions. Generally repellents effective against mosquitoes are effective against no-see-ums as well.

  • VERY important: when you're in your villa at night, keep the windows closed... the little b@stards can fit through the holes in the screens
  • Take unscented shampoo, deoderant, etc. with you...
  • If you're going to be at the beach past around 3 or 4 pm, take bug repellent...
  • Benadryl and Benadryl Cream
  • Avon's Skin So Soft
  • Sunscreen that contains deet
  • B-complex vitamins
  • Cactus Juice
  • Cutter Deep Woods (30% DEET)
  • Wear flea collars on your ankles... if it's good for our soldiers it's good for me!
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