hehe...Six pack!!! by ethic of traveler, you could not show it. :P
Carry Benadryl Anti Itch Cream, and this will make the stinging and itching stop. The only way to avoid them is to stay inside and out of their way like you said! If your hotel has an air conditioner crank it down to 65 and put some warm clothes on. These are tropical bugs and my guess is that they will go away at that temperature. I do this in the summer time and it works for me. How much did you pay the model I could really use a stand in for my photos too :) See now this is why I never post pics of myself-too many men emailing me! I get sooo tired of that lol!
Might be what is often called sand fleas, although I think there are so many of these kinds of bugs a name doesn't matter. Sand fleas absolutely love me, as do most biting insects. And I react really strongly.
There are two less toxic solutions people have told me about but I have not tried yet.
One is Avon Skin So Soft, although I think it is actually the baby oil (mineral oil) that does the trick. I guess the bugs just stick to the oil, I don't know.
The other is Tiger Balm, which is an ointment something like Ben-Gay. I would think you could use any of the strong smelling muscle ointments. The only negatives are that they smell very strong, and if you get it on your hands you could transfer to your eyes, which can REALLY sting.
Try them out, I would love to know if they work.
Yes, I have been feasted on by the no-see-ems on a variety of occasions. The worst was at Tikal, Guatemala. I had a really tough time healing these bites. I had to use Benadryl Extra Strength anti histamine itch cream to get rid of them.
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To add a note about Bob's comment above: peeing right after applying tiger balm is not a good idea.
We also used mineral oil for noseeums/sand flies on Isla Utila in Honduras which were not phased by repellents. They land and suffocate on your oiled body double's carapace. We also mixed mineral oil with oil of citronella. They are so small they easily pass through window screens. The have a season and disappear in several weeks by the time you'd be covered in welts.
We have had similiar problems when we stay at the Playa Bonita Resort in Panama. These bugs are mercless, they bit you and bite you and most of the time you will never see them until you start to itch.
I have tried just about everything available on the market to eleviate the itchyness, that always lasts 2-3 weeks from being bitten.
Hopefully the sun and food will have made the itchy bites worth it.
Seriously, until you have been bitten you can imagine how bad the itching is..
I half solved the problem, I put a fan in the window pushing the air out. I think this dried the humidity up in the room and stopped them. I also sprayed the room with insecticide a couple of times.
i got a bite on my finger last december know my finger has dead skin and pain in the joints