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Thread: Sand Fleas??

  1. #26
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    Leaving in 3 weeks and I ordered some spray from bugspray.com, I will try anything!! Even bug bites wont keep me away!!
    Mary & Mitch

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    We just came back from CN (4/17-4/24) and something bit me on my ankles/arms. My wife has several bites all over body. We were not on the beach after dark or early AM. Must have been something that got into our room overnight? We have the bathroom windows shut the whole time, so nothing could fly in. Doing the calamine lotion treatment now.

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    I was at CSS from 14-22APR. We have been to CSS 5 times, and this is the first time ever I was bit by Sand Fleas. It was our first night there, walking on the Main Beach after a rain. I did use OFF, but it was a weaker DEET (7%) and did not work.

    The 10-12 bites were bad, so I saw the nurse (free visit), who knew right away they were infected. The doctor came out to CSS within a few hours, and brought me antibiotics. It did cost $250 for his visit and meds, but this was Day 3 of a 8 day vacation, so to us the cost and care - which was excellent - was worth it.

    For the rest of the visit, I purchased the OFF at the gift shop (which had 15% DEET), sprayed my legs and ankles and did just fine. There was also the occasional mosquito, but those were not that bad (and mosquitos eat me alive in the USA).

    Moral of the Story: take spray with a high percentage of DEET and some hydrocortisone cream in case you get bit. It will make your vacation so much more pleasant.

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    We just returned from CSS. We each had maybe 5-6 bites but nothing we noticed really and nothing we even worried about. I wouldn't let a few bites stop me from going home and enjoying myself.

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    I'm a magnet for biting critters too, hubby hardly ever gets bitten. We always take a multi-B vitamin a few weeks before we go. This really helps me out and I rarely get a bite. But, if I do I get some ice and rub it on my bites to dull the itch - cold and soothing.

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    We also just returned from CN 4/16 to 4/23 and never once got bitten. We took off wipes and sprays yet we never used them the entire time. Heck, we even used cologne and perfume never had a problem wearing those. We went to beach in afternoon and at night never a bite. I was really worried about this before the trip, but I've been eaten alive by sand fleas in SC shrimping before. Take precautions, but if you've been around them in summertime (South) my guess is you'll be ok.

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    We sat on the beach every evening to watch the sunset a couple weeks ago. We would see the sand fleas come out just before sunset and we would have to apply bug repellent. My wife had a few bites around her ankles that swelled up. They seem to bother some people more than others.

    Just take along bug spray if you are planning on being on the beach during or after sunset.

    Life is good

  8. #33
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    I'm pretty good at avoiding the beach at night because of the dreaded sand fleas, but am wondering about the Starlight Gala at CSS. Are they found in the lawn as well - or just the beach?
    Jan and Mark
    CN 2009
    CSA 2011
    CSA 2013
    CSS 2014

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