"That is my first journey to Costa Rica and I used to be eaten alive." What number of instances have I heard this assertion? It’s a chance that there are extra species of bugs in Costa Rica than wherever on the planet, however they aren’t a lot of an issue to these dwelling right here over time. You would possibly see a "gringo" who has simply arrived coated with bites, however you hardly ever see a Tico (Costa Rican) with bites. Even a Gringo who lives right here over time appears far much less bitten. Possibly it’s the onions and garlic that’s present in most dishes.
Anyway, "one thing bit me final evening?" I’ll point out the most typical biters that trigger itching. These are the little black ants which are about half of a centimeter lengthy, the big and particularly the small mosquitoes and the purrujas or no-see-ums.
The little black ants are in every single place, on partitions, crops, on the lot it’s possible you’ll be to purchase. Warning! By no means stand in the identical spot on quite a bit or on a pathway. Whenever you look down you may even see a swarm of ants crawling throughout your ft. Out of the blue you panic, attempt to sweep them off and too late, it appears all of them chunk you concurrently. Generally spraying with a water hose will get them off quicker however don’t not anticipate to be bitten by a couple of. Similar together with your fingers: contact a plant and you’ll anticipate finding your fingers are harboring a couple of ants. Now in the event that they chunk, strive to not scratch or the itching will drive you loopy. Generally I’ve discovered that making use of a number of the crimson filth close to to the place the ant bit you takes away the itch instantly. You might must moisten the filth to use it. A veterinary cream referred to as Panalog may take away the itch. In any other case, it’s going to itch, you’re feeling a must scratch till it stops itching, after which the itching returns hours later. This state of affairs might occur for a number of days.
There are a selection of different biting ants. One may be very tiny, yellowish and seems nearly clear. I imagine it’s within the fireplace ant household. It seems like a pin level that retains stinging / itching for an hour or so. That is the ant the Ticos most wish to keep away from. One other ant is the leaf cutter ant. Don’t enable these to chunk you. They may draw blood and maintain on with a critically sturdy dying grip. This can be a feminine to be cautious of. All of the males, having bred with the queen are lifeless. Lastly, the military ants are stated to chunk. Greatest to no get of their manner and go away them to the enterprise of cleansing up lifeless bugs and ant eggs. Costa Rica has many ant species; I’m simply highlighting the most typical biters.
Subsequent on my checklist are Purrujas, no-see-ums or sand fleas. These little guys are discovered alongside the seashores, the coastal highways or close to the mangroves. They like to return out at nightfall and may grasp round all evening till the warmth of the times chases them again into hiding. As soon as you discover you’re in an space of no-see-ums you may get bitten unmercifully. Plan on itching for about three days. Sulfur powder sprinkled in your garments or ankles helps to discourage these no-see-ums from biting. Additionally, if you recognize you’ll a coastal lodge or restaurant, all the time put on lengthy pants and lengthy sleeves. Once more, panalog might deter them or cease the itching as soon as you’re bitten.
Closing on my checklist are mosquitoes: very small aggressive ones referred to as Sancudos, regular mosquitoes and those who carry illness equivalent to malaria and dengue. Nevertheless, as a result of Costa Rica has a reasonably well-balanced eco-system not completely spoiled by chemical compounds, the bats, snakes, frogs, praying mantis, and birds do a exceptional job of containing the populations of mosquitoes. For instance, a small bat can catch and eat 600 mosquitoes per hour. Yeh! Once more, garlic could be the cause Ticos and people dwelling right here over time are hardly ever bitten.
Whether or not you’re renting, home sitting, or simply visiting there are a number of treatments that both assist with the itching or in stopping bites within the first place. To stop within the first place, maintain your lights off as a lot as potential, sprinkle your garments with sulfur or pyrethrum powder, or keep away from eating places or inns close to the seashore. Discover a Costa Rican rental away from the seashore. Different options embody making use of Cedar oil, rubbing alcohol, rosemary oil, Mexican vanilla, citronella oil, Avon's "Oh so candy", and or cactus juice lotion.
You've been bit and now you wish to cease the itching. Along with your fingernail, gough a line by way of the chunk and cross that line with one other line crisscrossing the primary one. If that’s unsuccessful add extra strains making a latticework sample. Options that may assist embody: rubbing alcohol, witch hazel, aloe vera gel, lemon juice, lavender oil, a baking soda paste, or sticky toothpaste.