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    I'm posting this under the Moz section, although the topic is actually a little blood sucking BUG FROM HELL, as this is the only place I've ever encountered it.

    In the Inhambane area the lodge owners call it "palm flies" or "white ash".

    At dawn and dusk these minute flying bugs rise and resembles "ash" from a fire.

    Small, very small, so small in fact that they easily crawl through any Mosquito net.

    You don't feel the little buggers feed on you and sometimes you are not even aware of their presence.

    After a couple of days you start to itch a little bit, then you itch a lot and finally you feel like you're losing your mind! The worst part is you're not supposed to scratch but even drying yourself with a towel or wiping sand off you gets the itch going...and going...and going...

    A friend of mine had an allergic reaction and watery blisters appeared everywhere on his arms and legs. I've heard of people ending up in hospital.

    The usual stuff used to deter Mozzies have absolutely no effect on them. I've tried everything. I was so desperate that I even put paraffin on my legs in an attempt to keep them from biting me. (I steered clear of the braai fire for a while afterwards). Not even this worked.

    "Analgesics" supposedly combats the allergic reaction but it's not that effective and in my case it certainly didn't help the itching.

    Does anyone know of a deterrent that works?

    These things can seriously spoil your holiday.

    Any advice, save for spraying the entire place with DDT, would be appreciated!
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    Fanatic....I had the same problem the first time I went to Inhambane 8 years ago. After that first trip I did not want to go back. A friend of mine recommended applying baby oil early morning and evenings to exposed bits. This trick worked as the flies stuck to the oil and could not bite. I went back 4 times since then and never had a problem again.

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    Really? baby oil? Johnson & Johnson's?

    I nearly poisoned myself with chemicals trying to avoid getting bit and the answer is "Baby oil"?!

    Well fantastic...i feel quite stupid.

    Thanks.
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    Default Baby Oil

    Yip, many uses! lol

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    Guys,

    try Avon Skin-so-Soft. It's an oil, so sits on the skin (like a moisturiser, so I'm told........which is what it was originally designed for), and it works for tsetses, Scottish midges, and for mozzies to an extent. It would be more comfortable to wear in bed than baby oil........it's got to be worth a try.

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    Man these little bugs almost drove me mad!

    I'll make a mix of the two just in case...

    Ha ha! Baby oil never goes to waste.

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    I have been "sucked" dry by these little critters and have a mild allergic reaction.... the lady at a nearby lodge suggested getting some indian incense from the market and burning that..... Next question is once you covered in little sores with blisters what do you do to ease the itch and heal??

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