Winter months are the season for no-see-um’s, or jejenes.
- Jejenes love brackish water and thrive where lagoons and streams empty into the ocean. At sundown, Jejenes start their hunt for exposed flesh.
- Rains and extra high tides create breeding pools, or “charcos.” Within three days there will be a large hatch of hungry Jejenes. I chicken out and flee before they hatch.
- DEET plus Pennyroyal Oil is an effective deterrent.
- THE ITCH. Pure agony lasting several days. The single treatment I have found that eliminates itching is Q-Tips and boiling water. Dip the Q-Tip into boiling water then quickly press the cotton swab onto the bite. Yes, it stings a tiny bit for a moment. Wait 5-minutes and repeat if the itch is not 100% gone. The treatment lasts as long as the bite. No medicine regardless of cost precription or no, comes close in being as effective to control itching. Use triple-antibiotic salve and swallow vitamin c to help the swelling disappear.