Sand Flies



Sandfly definition.
The name sandfly is a common term given to any species of flying insects that can bite, suck blood and that is found in sandy areas. In America the term sandfly may be used to describe horseflies that are also known as greenheads. Other terms used for the sandflies include sandfly, granny Nipper, sand gnat and Chitra. Other biting flying insects are often called sandflies wrongly when in fact they are biting midges.
A sandfly bite can be very unpleasant as they are very itchy. Sandfly bites will leave a large, red itchy bump that will often turn into a rash. A sandfly bite compared to mosquito bite is a lot worse as they are much more itchy and last a lot longer. Much like mosquitoes, it is only the female that bites as she requires the protein from the blood to produce eggs. Female sandflies will feed on mammals, birds and reptiles.
Sandflies are the primary carriers of the likes of leishmaniasis and pappataci fever with both of these being referred to a sandfly fever which can be confusing. So-called sandfly fever is a problem in the new and old world as different species carry the disease. The Caribbean is well-known for its sandfly population and the hazards they bring resulting in travellers being warned to take precautions, such as bugs spray that has a high DEET concentration.

Sandfly repellents.
There are many over-the-counter repellents available to help protect you and your family against sandfly bites. Some products may not be suitable for some people, such as those with sensitive skin and women that may be pregnant. Some of the products you may like to try are:

  • Citrus juice.
  • Coconut oil.
  • Avocado oil or baby oil mixed with Dettol.
  • Tea.
  • Vinegar.
  • Eucalyptus oil.
  • Orange peel.

These preventatives have been found to range from ineffective to very effective but if you would prefer a purchased pest repellent, mosquito repellent are just as effective on sandflies and midges.

Bite remedies.
There are quite a few remedies for sandfly bites that can be bought from your local pharmacy to home remedies that you may find work for you. Some pharmaceutical remedies include:

  • Ibuprofen gel.
  • Tea tree oil.
  • Essential lavender oil.
  • Calamine lotion.

Some home remedies you may like to try include:

  • vinegar.
  • Toothpaste.
  • Aloe Vera.
  • A mixture of baking soda and water.

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