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COSTA RICA by KATE on 25 november 2015

INSECT BITES Yes ants are the ennemies here (sorry for the spider illustration but it’s more catchy) ! I know they are not the most dangerous ones, though there is an ant here they call Bala (the bullet ant) which can have you wish you were dead since it’s one of the most painful stings that exists on the planet.
But I am not talking about anything that fancy, no simply a ridiculously small classic black ant that you will at first mistake for a poor inoffensive god’s creature but that is indeed pure evil !

They are everywhere and we be attracted by any kind of food.
And don’t even doubt it you will step in the middle of them at some point, probably only after a few hours of your first day and you will feel a sting that burns and another one.
And you will think to yourself, ouch it hurts, it can’t be a wasp because it’s not strong enough but it’s the same kind of pain.
And yes it is, these nasty little ants must have some venom of some kind they inject you with when they bite and it hurts.

Fortunately the burn is not to last, only half a minute and it will be gone.
Besides your body will get accustomed and the stings will always be as stingy the first second but they will last less and less.

Then there is the double effect, the itching and scratching ! You will wonder at first why and how mosquitoes managed to eat your feet that much and you will then realize these are your ant bites scratching.
And they will scratch like crazy !

So far the cheapest and most effective solution I found is to apply fresh Aloe Vera gel several times a day.
It’s quite easy to find here, you can buy at the local market on Saturdays or street fruit sellers can get you some.

Have fun and be prepared or simply wear boots !

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