Bugs in Bocas??
Here is the some important things to know about Bocas Del Toro and the bugs.
First, a little geography. Bocas Del Toro is a huge province that covers the whole side of the mountain range on the north side of the continental divide, west end of the country and opposite the province of Chiriqui. The archipelago of Bocas Del Toro, which is the best known part, is a group of islands off the coast on the Caribbean side. Often when people say "Bocas" they are referring to the islands which are a very small part of the picture. That said, as in any tropical climate, we are not with out our share of insects. The most important determining factor other than dusk and dawn as someone already mentioned is the location. The waterfront and beaches have a lot of sand fleas or chitres or "no see ums".
Mangroves and jungles are usually the favorite home of these insects and often places where mangroves have been removed to create beaches.Thus on the islands you have more biting bugs. Mosquitos included. Standing water and bogs breed mosquitos, so most residents are in the habit of not leaving standing water around for them to breed. The natural standing water cannot be avoided.
Organic repellents do work it is true and if you have a little breeze it helps with the mosquitos as it is difficult for them to fly and land.
We have a lodge and cabins in Bocas on the mainland at about 800 feet elevation and have found that biting bugs are not a real issue unless we are deep in the jungle. I make the organic repellent and it works great. Avoiding all perfumes and products with sweet smells makes a huge difference.
Although the mainland of Bocas Del Toro is not a destination yet it holds some of the most most beautiful scenery, rivers and forests of the country, relatively unspoiled, green year around and with much of the primary forest still intact.
Sloths, monkeys, toucans, jauguarundis, tayras all live here.
We are fortunate to be in a raptor migration corridor and enjoy migrating hawks, kites, falcons, vultures and a wide variety of beautiful hunting birds as they travel twice every year. Not such a great deal for the chickens but all worth it for the show.
The protected La Armistad International Forest shared with Costa Rica is also is part of the Bocas Del Toro Province on the mainland.
There are plenty of insects to learn about in the Tropics but really fewer biting ones than in Florida where we come from and the non-biting ones can be very interesting.