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Sand Flies?

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Sand Flies?

Hi all- was wondering if anyone knew how the sand flies were this year? Last year we got bitten pretty badly and were trying to figure out if we should bring extra spray for at the beach or if we would be okay without. Thanks!

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1. Re: Sand Flies?

Definitely bring spray. Getting bitten badly last time would be a very good indication that youwould need to use it again, especially in the evening.

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2. Re: Sand Flies?

We spent a lot of time on the beach and were not bitten by any sand flies...did not have a problem with mosquitoes either...thank goodness. I took repellant but ended up not using it. Maybe we were just lucky.

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3. Re: Sand Flies?

It's been raining a lot lately so there're more mosquitoes now than before. I get bitten by them so I use the spray before heading out. Sand flies don't bother me, either I don't notice them or they're on vacation.

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4. Re: Sand Flies?

everybody is different..........we bring repellent every time, never use it and never get bitten........maybe the "rum-pellant" works just fine!?

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5. Re: Sand Flies?

They are actually sand FLEAS not sand flies. Sand fleas feed in the wee morning hours and late dusk. Since the larva of the sand flea eats tiny aquatic animals, you will typically run into this insect when you are at the beach. The sand flea resembles an insect but is actually a crustacean and lays its eggs in rotting seaweed, on which it feeds, when not preying upon pasty white beachgoers. Paler skin is thinner and therefore, easier for the flea to penetrate.

These sand fleas live in the sand and will attack anything within ten inches of the ground. That is why the beachgoer will find a cluster of bites around his or her ankles if they've been out seashell hunting. That is, only when the weather is warm. In the winter they move with the ocean towards warmer waters.

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