Sandflies, also know as biting midges or no-see-ums, are blood-eating insects that are usually found on sandy area. Like other blood sucking insects, sandflies are vectors of disease-causing pathogens. Their bites are painful, and can cause intensely itchy lesions that appears after 1 or 2 days. Their mouthparts are well-developed for cutting the skin of its host. They look similar to mosquitoes but they are much smaller in size and they are not seen in most of the times (no-see-ums). You can recognize it by their typical white roundish wings.
There are many sandflies in Sihanoukville and in particular on the islands (Koh Rong, Koh Rong Samloeun). The presence of these insects is one of the main complain that tourists express about the coastal region of Cambodia.
To control the population of sandflies, we use traps developed by Biogents that attract and catch all blood-eating insects, including sandflies, with CO2 and lure. With this technique, we can reduce continuously the global population of these insects 30 meters around the trap. We perform sandfly control without any hazard for health or environment as we don’t use any insecticide. The trap works 24/7 in order to protect the beach all the time from sandflies… …and mosquitoes at the same time.