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Old December 21, 2007, 03:26 PM   #1
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Be sure and get something with DEET to repel the bugs. They were really bad in early December on Kauai. Worst we've ever experienced.

Benedril is good to stop the itching and I understand ammonia works well to help alleviate the scratching and welts.

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Old December 21, 2007, 05:32 PM   #2
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Exclamation I don't remember bugs

Hi Sterling,

Thanks for your post! We are packing tonight for our trip (yippee!) - departing 7:30 tomorrow am. I would've remembered sunscreen, probably cortaid, but not bugspray - - - I get eaten alive by bugs, and don't ever remember them being a problem at all on our 3-4 trips to Kauai & Oahu. I remember the B52 cockroaches/palmettos, esp. on Oahu, but no biters. I always thought it was amazing that we could enjoy open air restaurants & lobbies, and I never got bitten - - so this is bad news for me! At least we'll have some protection (but I also hate using all the chemicals) if it gets bad.
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Old December 21, 2007, 05:41 PM   #3
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During the wet season in the Eastern Caribbean (December - March) - after the "Sept. - November hurricane season" (which is actually pretty dry), the no-see'ems and mosquitos can come out in force.

A great remedy, almost as good at deet bugspray is Gin on a paper towel and blotted on your arms, legs and neck. Don't know if just repels them or gets them drunk but it works well.

A shot of gin for the biting victim also seems to work...
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Old December 21, 2007, 06:48 PM   #4
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Bugs were the worst in 22 years of traveling to Hawaii. I don't ever remember them being a problem until this Dec.
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Old December 21, 2007, 08:33 PM   #5
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First time we were in Hawaii (Decenber 1998) we spent 14 days bug free and on our last night (on Kauai) my legs got so bitten up I had welts and itching for weeks afterward. It was very, very unpleasant!! Our subsequent trips have been in August and no bug problems....but because of that 1st trip, we don't travel anywhere without bug spray and we put it on in the evenings just before going out!
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Old December 21, 2007, 09:57 PM   #6
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Are they mosquitoes or some kind of biting flies? Just curious as I'm "immune" to mosquitoes, not to flies.
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Old December 22, 2007, 05:15 PM   #7
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In my case they were definetly NOT mosquitoes, they were "knat like".
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Old December 23, 2007, 04:01 PM   #8
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I got bitten by a bug on the Big Island 2 years ago. Had to go to instacare, etc w/prescriptions and office call $300. Had an allergic reaction to one of the antibiotics and looked real funny for a couple of days.

This year when I went to Hawaii I was prepared. Dont know if I looked good to any bugs but none visited me.

Good advice... Thanks
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