How To Prevent Sand Flea Bites
Anyone know how to prevent sand flea bites?
Please, I need an answer as soon as possible. I will be taking a weekend trip to the Florida beaches starting 9-9-11.
I am searching for any truly effective methods of repelling sand fleas. From a little bit of thinking about it and research, I have three thoughts:
1.) ...bug repellant, but if you walk in the water and come out, it probably is washed off (I am assuming that if you are walking in the ocean, you probably are safe from getting bit).
2.) ...odorless garlic capsules that might make me a less than tasty treat
3.) ...perhaps coating the tops of my feet and ankles with vaseline to create a barrier of sorts - it would be waterproof and I would not think that the fleas could get through that.
I have towels to lay on, but I suppose it might be safer to sit in a beach chair instead, correct?
Any comments? Many thanks!
Great question. You are very smart to be thinking of how to prevent
sand flea bites rather than waiting and trying to treat the bites after the fact.
You've already come up with some good solutions for yourself. I think eating garlic or taking garlic capsules is a good notion and does work for some people, but it may not be effective for you
. Hard to say in advance. However, garlic is very beneficial for your body's immune system anyway, so definitely give it a try.
Instead of Vaseline, I would suggest you get some Skin So Soft
from Avon. Better yet, if you can grab Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Insect Repellent Moisturizing Lotion
you should be all set.
I've used Skin So Soft for years to repel mosquitoes, and although I haven't had to deal with sand fleas much, I've read a ton of reviews from people who swear by it for keeping the sand fleas away.
I would take the Skin So Soft to the beach with you, just in case you do need to re-apply a bit of the lotion after a swim, just in case.
I have to agree that a chair sounds like a safer option to me, but as long as you cover yourself completely in the lotion, it shouldn't matter if you use a towel or chair.
Have a great holiday, and definitely make a note to yourself to report back afterward on how you fared.
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