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We are being eaten alive. Location: Palo Alto. Favorite target areas: lower legs (have taken to wearing long pants) elbows and back of upper arms - see photos. Do not see or feel them biting, it is only after they have bitten do the bites start itching. The bite looks like a mosquito bite - a puncture mark in the center with a welt surrounding it. My husband was working in the yard yesterday afternoon. and was bitten about 20 times on each arm (just below his T shirt sleeve).
No see ums? What repels them? How do you avoid being bitten?
We do not get bit when we hike or are outdoors in other areas, but our yard/garden area is not safe. Any and all suggestions are apprecaited.
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Looks like coffee fly bites, noseeums, same thing. Bug repellent works.
Do you have any coffee plants near your house? If so, that's the likely culprit as they are very stealthy and give a bite that hurts and lasts longer than mosquitoes. As a preventative measure, the Earth Mama Soap woman (think her name is Lynn), on Tuesdays, sells a bug repellant made with natural citronella which smells good and is all natural and works well....called "Bug Blaster" Also, as Dianne suggests, try some of the Rapid Heal salve...great stuff for bites and great for your skin!
Thanks for the recommendation Mindy.
Thank you Ladies,
I've come down armed with Lemon Eucalyptus and other such things. These sound really helpful. Also the NoSeeums can be wretched. Sometimes we'll have a hatching and put up with 2-3 days of hell then all finished.
You can bet I'm going to stock up on these items.
Earth Mama (Lyn) here and my all natural Bug Blaster really helps repel insects while it moisturizes your skin. Sounds like coffee flies for sure. It works on pets also and if you do not want to wait until Tues Market I will be home tomorrow in Alto Dorado if you are in the area or can bring some to downtown Boquete for you when I go in the morning if you are going that way.
The rapid heal does work!! I was bitten up one of my visits and boy did it do the trick!! And I love that it's natural ingredients. I'll try Lynn's stuff next time I'm there.
Word of caution...try not to scratch as much as possible. I found that the no-seeum bites leave a scar if you scratch at them.
Indeed they do. I don't look like I got a mosquito bite from them... it's more like a bee sting. I swell and itch horribly and each leaves a blue scar similar to a bruise.
I live in Palo Alto, too, and your bites come from what are called coffee flies. They do seem to be in areas where coffee is grown, but I believe they also live in grass and shrubbery. When we sit on ou rcovered terrace, they don't bother us. But if we take one step onto the grass, there they are.
Long sleeves, long pants, and socks go a long way toward deterring them. But they also like the thin skin between fingers and on the ears, which produce an agonizing itch. Personally, I haven't found natural repellants to be of much use against them. If I'm going to be outside a while, I lightly spray my clothing, not body, with Off. That seems to do the trick. For the bites, I apply a dab of vinegar or alcohol. Fortunately, the itching usually doesn't last long in any event--except on the hands and ears.
Probably not chiggers as we've never experienced them here in Palo Alto, an I believe Ms. Hurst lives a few steps up the road. More likely coffee flies, to which everyone seems to react differently. They're just a nuisance for me; they itch for about half hour and then disappear, leaving no trace. Others have more severe reactions.