How bad are the mosquitoes and no-see-ums?
The good news is that we really don’t have many mosquitoes around Casa Cayuco. Occasionally there may be a “hatch” and they are around, though this is a rarity. The Chitras tend to come out at sunset, and usually go for the ankles. They aren’t too bad, and can be dealt with by spraying the ankle area, or simply wearing very light-weight pants and socks. One thing that we have discovered is that some folks are more reactive to the chitras, while others are not bothered at all. That being said, the best way to avoid the problem is the clothing route, which works well, and is not uncomfortably warm. Our ceiling fans and/or a sunset viewing trip out to the dock— where the breeze is better— seem to do the trick as well. Spraying your ankles with an effective spray helps, while wearing cologne is a dinner bell for them.