In reply to This one by Esme
We will be back in Umbria in June and I was wondering if anyone had any success with keeping the pappataci at bay. Two years ago, our first year in our hilltop home, I was eaten alive by what the paesani call pappataci ( I believe they are midges or sand flies in English) I had more than 160 bites on my upper torso. It was complete misery, actually traumatic.This year I had screens put on every window and door and I had those little spheres plugged into the outlets as soon as the sun went down. I also purchased a mosquito net but didn't find that I needed it. I managed to keep them out of the house.My problem now is when I am outside. I tried Deep Wood Off (30% Deet) and I tried some of the sprays that I picked-up in the pharmacies in Italy. I got the bites down to about 50 but that is still enough to keep me from wanting to venture outside. I am always a magnet for biting insects but these pappataci seem to have a particular taste for sangue Italo-Canadese. Does anyone have any advice?