I always knew that I am loved by pesty bugs that bite. My worst enemy until recently was the mosquito. But I have a new nemesis, the noseeum flies. They are horrible and love me so much that they sacrifice themselves through the bug spray to die as they bite me. Allow me to better explain.
We had just returned to our campground in El Fuerte from our 5 day trip into the Copper Canyon. We are tired after an eight hour train ride and pretty much just go to sleep. Upon daybreak, we wake and decide to mingle with some our neighbors in the campground. Here is where we first meet Karen and Dale, our friends from Canada who, like us, also sold their house and are traveling by VW Vanagan through Mexico on their way to South America. There are more striking similarities between Chad and Dale such as sharing the same birthday, they both just got out of the military and they both are driving VW buses to South America.
But alas, I digress, back to the devil flies. I innocently stand next to Chad (who coincidently receives no bites) talking with our neighbors when we can´t help but notice the giant swarm of tiny flies all around us. I go to the car and apply a hefty amount of bug spray and return to the conversation. As we chat, we all try to ignore the swarm of flies, every now and then batting at them in vain. Soon, just a few minutes, I look down at my legs and notice a few black dots, which I proceed to flick away and notice a speck of blood left behind. Quickly realizing that the irritating flies are biting me through the bug spray, I gear up and put on some long pants and long sleeve shirt. But it is too late. The next day, I counted 18 bites on one leg and 22 on the other, and a few on my arms, but not as many as on my legs.
So, I don´t seem totally insensitive, I understand that the noseeums need to feed on my blood to make their eggs in order to reproduce, but do the bites have to itch as bad as they do? I don´t mind being bitten, but they itched so bad, I couldn´t resist and scratched myself raw. I looked like a walking freak with open soars on my legs. Not that I think noseeums serve any useful purpose on this Earth but I´m not that convince that we, humans, serve a very useful purpose either, so therefore I shouldn´t judge. But after my experience, I wish them all dead. I don´t know… is that bad?