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No-see-ums Noseeums Attack in Dominican Republic

Eight solutions to No See Um listed below, these little insects I cannot see are leaving welts on my body. This is not an annoyance, it is full-fledged problem. They attack just before and after sunrise or sunset, this means the boys who sleep to noon are in better shape than I am. I am never clear why, but they like my ankles, this DR variety will also go for my love handles.

These no-see-ums are attacking in full strength before I have time to apply insect repellant. I wake up around 4:00 to 5:00 am according to country, jet lag, diurnal sun adjustments, how late I stay up and all other reason: anyway I do it, I wake up about seven hours after I fall down.

Note: I paid a model above for this photo; I actually have a six-pack abdominal section, but need to keep the groupies to a minimum and do not show my photo. There is a traveler code, we need to help other travelers along the path, we make sacrifices, and I have my dues paid for the next 100 years.

Sosua, Dominican Republic --- Monday, January 18, 2010
By Andy Graham of
Travel Gear

I had the same problem in Haiti, but it was drier, it has rained everyday for a week here in Sosua. I so nor talk about weather much, I cannot control it, I must accept it. Again, I think it is possible I am in small eco-system that has more rain than other areas, this is not the same as Haiti, and it is wet in Sosua, DR.

Noseeum or No-see-ums, who really knows what they look like, I cannot see them.

No See Ums


1. Stay in bed until about 1-2 hours after sunrise.
2. Go in an air-conditioned apartment one hour before sunset.
3. Wear long pants, socks, making sure, that you get out of bed you are dressed for winter, even though you are in the tropics.
4. Put on this full strength insect repellent with DEET as you get out of bed.
5. Sleep in a mosquito net.
6. Spray down the room with Arabic style mosquito spray, this stuff will kill everything. I know I can buy it in Togo, West Africa.
7. Do not sit in an open air bar watching the sunset.
8. Stay so drunk, you do not feel the welt, and it goes away before you sober up.

The solution is insect repellant, if you can apply before they bite you. The Haiti - Dominican Republic version of no-see-ums is especially nasty. I am now worried about dying from toxins in the Deet, this crap will remove glue from a tabletop.

I think if you stopped the rain, it would also stop the no-see-ums.

Malaria Theory
I have a theory, I believe people who belly up to the bar in tropical areas contract Malaria more than people who do not drink. Insects are always a problem an hour before and after sunrise or sunset.

No-see-ums Noseeums Attack in Dominican Republic


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.

Here are the photos and the story

To add a note about Bob's comment above: peeing right after applying tiger balm is not a good idea.



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.