Sandfly – species or genus of flying, biting, blood-sucking Dipteran encountered in sandy areas.
Sandfly bites may leave large, red itchy bumps that may turn into a rash. These bumps are frequently several times as itchy as mosquito bites, and tend to last longer as well.
In the various sorts of sandfly only the female is responsible for biting and sucking the blood of mammals, reptiles and birds. She requires the protein in the blood to make her eggs.
For those of you who has ever had the unpleasant experience of suffering the wrath of the sandfly, you will know the bites itch like crazy and can last for two weeks or more.
For those of us who fish regularly, sandfly encounters can happen more often than we choose to like.
During the last flats fishing trip, sanflies were on a frenzy on a particular island and we ended up the target of these near-invisible blood-suckers. Tony and I especially, got the brunt of it.
Soov pain and itch relief gel
It is good to have some sort of medications on hand to treat the bites and relieve the itch and rashes. I have tried many remedies or medications but the recent one, Soov, turned out to be a real winner. Or should it be saviour!
This Soov gives fast relieve and after a few applications the red bumps are hardly even noticeable.
One thing about the sandfly is that they somehow get into your covered areas and do the most damage there. On your arms inside of a long sleeve shirt and on your back. Those are favourite bite zones.