Nik Nik or Sand Mites are tiny crustaceans that live in beach sands. Bites from sand mites can cause itchy and painful rashes, fever, and sand mite-borne diseases like the following: 

  • Cutaneous leishmaniasis
  • Visceral leishmaniasis
  • Sand fly fever
  • Carrions disease
  • Pappataci fever
  • Vesicular stomatitis virus
  • Zika Virus

With the COVID-19 lockdowns that have taken place, our favorite beaches have become stagnant. People-free and no activities on the beach make the sands the perfect breeding ground for these sand mites. Make sure you pack a sand mite spray with you for your next beach trip and stay protected. 

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