"This is my first trip to Costa Rica and I have eaten alive." How many times have you heard this statement? There are probably more insects in Costa Rica than anywhere else on the planet, but it's not a big deal for those who live here over time. You might see "Gringo" just arrived covered in bites, but you rarely see Tico (Costa Rica) containing bites. Even the gringo who lives here over time seems less bitten. Perhaps it is the onion and garlic found in most dishes.
Anyway, "Something happened to me last night?" I will mention the most common itching. These are small black ants that are about half a centimeter long, and they are large especially small mosquitoes and progas or not seen.
Little black ants are everywhere, on the walls, and plants, where you might be thinking of buying them. Warning! Never stop on the road or on the road. When you look down, you may see a swarm of ants crawling on your feet. Suddenly you feel panic and try to remove it and it is too late, they all seem to bite you at once. Sometimes spraying water with water cannons removes it faster but you don't expect it to be stung by a few. Same with your hands: touch a plant and you can expect to find your hands harboring some ants. Now if a member, try not to scratch or itch will make you crazy. Sometimes I have found that applying some red dirt near where the itch ant takes you right away. You may need dirt to moisturize to apply it. Veterinary cream called Panalog may relieve itching. Otherwise, you will feel the need to scratch until it stops itching, and then itch returns after hours. This scenario may happen for several days.
There are a number of other biting ants. One is very small, yellowish, and looks almost transparent. I believe that in the family of ants fire. It looks like a pin point that keeps stinging / itching for an hour or so. This is the ant that Tiko loves. Another ant is the cutter ant leaf. Don't allow this to bite you. They will draw blood and hold a very strong death grip. This is the female to be wary of. All males born with the queen died. Finally, the ants in the army are said to bite. It is best that they do not block their path and leave them to work in cleaning up dead insects and termites. Costa Rica has many types of ants. I just highlight the most common biters.
Next on my list is borogas, no sand things or fleas. These young men are found along beaches, coastal highways, or near mangroves. They like to go out at dusk and can hang around all night until the heat of days haunts them. Once you find that you are in an area that you do not see, you can sting ruthlessly. Plan on itching for three days. Sulfur powder sprayed onto your clothes or ankles helps deter these unseen things. Also, if you know you are going to a coastal hotel or restaurant, you should always wear long trousers and long sleeves. Again, panalog may deter or stop itching as soon as you bite.
Finally on my list are mosquitoes: a very small aggressive called sankodos, natural mosquitoes and those that carry diseases like malaria and dengue fever. However, since Costa Rica has a fairly balanced ecosystem that is not completely spoiled by chemicals, bats, snakes, frogs, speeds of prayer, and birds do a great job of containing mosquitoes. For example, a small paddle can fish and eat 600 mosquitoes per hour. Yeh! Again, garlic may be the reason for the scarcity of Tecos and those who live here over time.
Whether you are renting, sitting at home, or visiting there are many treatments that help either itching or prevent sting in the first place. To avoid lights out as primarily as possible, spray your clothes with sulfur powder or anthracite powder, or avoid restaurants or hotels near the beach. Find a Costa Rica rental away from the beach. Other solutions include applying rice oil, rubbing alcohol, rosemary oil, Mexican vanilla, citronella oil, an "oh sweet" iPhone, or aloe juice solution.
You were little and now you want to stop itching. With your fingernail, hold a line through the sting and across this line with another line that crosses the first line. If that doesn't work, add more lines to create a latticework pattern. Solutions that may help you include: roasted alcohol, witch hazel, aloe vera gel, lemon juice, lavender oil, baking soda paste, or sticky toothpaste.