One thing that I really do not like about the farm house is the flies. We had some concern about the Zika virus in Brazil, but we haven't had any issue with mosquitos. The bug spray keeps them away. There are these little flies that bite you and they make you itch like you have never itched before. If you itch the bites stay for at least a month. The first night we were on the farm, I got bites all over my left ankle and leg. They still itch even though they look like they should be gone. You can see in the first picutre the dried up looking bite on the bottom of the picture. It was the first one I got last month. On Monday I got some more bites on my foot that made it swell up like when I was pregnant. It hurt to put on my tennis shoes for 3 days, but now I won't wear sandals on the farm even with bug repellant on. The second picture is of the back of Evan's legs. He was out one evening playing soccer with the neighbors and didn't put pants on. The flies bite the most between 4-6:00 pm and love to bit on your joint areas. I could not get Evan to stop itching so this is what happens. I finally told the boys no more shorts and flip flops on the farm and I think they are understanding why. These fly bites are miserable
When they first bite you this is what they look like. A small bump with a little blood in the middle. Then the area gets really red and super hot. That lasts for about a day, then the itching starts. Sometimes they will ooze a yellowish liquid and make a nasty crust.