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Unlike mosquitoes, sandfly bites are often bigger in size and are more likely to cause allergic reactions. This is due to the mixture of your damaged tissue and the saliva the sandflies leave behind after a bite. While their bites may be very annoying and painful, unlike mosquitoes, they are unlikely to transmit diseases.
Sandflies breed in wet soils in tidal zones around mangroves and sandy shores. Due to this secluded location, some species of sandfly will travel up to three kilometres in search of a meal. Although, due to the small size of the insect, they tend to only fly on still humid days when wind speed is low. Like mosquitoes, a female sandfly will extract blood from their meal to provide protein for her developing eggs.
If you are considering using insect repellents to help prevent sandfly bites, read this study on the harmful chemicals used in the solutions before you apply.