You lay your towel out on the sand, maybe put up an umbrella, slather a sun protective lotion on yourself and settle in for a relaxing day on the beach. Almost asleep and then the no-see-ums attack! Little pricks of pain and a lot of swatting. The little flying pests commonly known as sand gnats, sand flies, sand fleas or biting midges are out to make your beach stay miserable.
Carpinteria State Beach, Carpinteria, California 2010