Part 1 of 3: Rigging Sand Fleas
What is a sand flea?
Sand fleas are interesting creatures that are easy to catch to use as fish bait. They offer awesome benefits when used as bait, attracting many fish species! As long as you know how to catch and hook them properly, you can start catching some nibbles and bites on your next fishing trip.
Can you use sand fleas as bait?
Yes, they do! Many fishermen claim sand fleas as one of their prized baits, as it can attract various fish species like the redfish, pompano, sheepshead, among others. They are extremely effective when fishing for pompano, something the fish find delicious and will take a bite for.
What do sand fleas bite on humans?
There are two types of sand flea bites on humans. The first one looks like a mosquito bite and happens when the fleas suck your blood and then moves on to another host. They inject saliva to prevent blood clotting as they are feeding, and this saliva is what irritates the skin and may cause allergic reactions.
What can I use to get rid of sand fleas?
Plant Oils: For a more natural way to repel sand fleas, bug sprays infused with plant oils might be your best bet. Citronella is a popular sand flea repellant, and lemongrass naturally repels sand fleas as well. Oil of lemon eucalyptus is commonly used against sand fleas and other biting bugs also.
Where do sand fleas come from?
Sand fleas, or Tunga penetrans, are native to certain tropical areas, including parts of South America, the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar.
Where to find sand fleas?
Sand fleas are mostly found on tropical sand located on beaches in the tropical region. There are common in Central America. You can find sand fleas in large quantity in the Caribbean and some areas in Florida.
What do sand flea bites look like on humans?
Sand flea bites usually show up as small, red welts or bumps on the skin, and most commonly occur on the lower legs, feet and ankles of humans and animals. In addition to the welts, the bites can cause severe itching, swelling, and sometimes pain in the affected area.
What is the best treatment for sand flea bites?
The application of eucalyptus oil can be a natural treatment for sand flea bites. Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream can help temporarily relieve the itching associated with sand flea bites.