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Repels No-See-Ums, Mosquitoes, Black Flies & Biting Gnats!

You can't see 'um, but you sure can feel 'um. OUCH. No-see-ums can drive you crazy and ruin many outdoor activities. Finally, there's a product for no-see-um's that repels 'um.

No No-See-Um is an all natural, skin-safe and great smelling naturally insect repellent. It was specially formulated to repel noseeums, but also effectively repels mosquitoes, black flies, biting gnats and most other biting insects. Our all natural formula was tested on hundreds of people and is mixed in small batches so we can offer you the best quality noseeum and mosquito repellents available..

Now No No-See-Um is THE #1 selling natural insect repellent to combat these pesky little insects. If in doubt, try it out!

  • Repels noseeums, mosquitoes, biting gnats and most biting insects
  • DEET-free and non-toxic
  • 100% natural formula
  • Non-greasy and non-irritating
  • Safe to use on children
  • Works great on pets and horses
  • Smells great

More on Noseeum Breeding Habits and Keeping Them Out of Your House

You are getting bitten by something that you can’t see. The itching and scratching is out of control. You know it's not a reaction to a skin product, but you may even be getting welts or lesions. What's worse, is you think you're getting bitten in your house.

You've called a pest control company and they couldn't find any bed bugs, mites or other insects in your home that bite. I know an exterminator that set some glue board insect traps on the window sills in rooms where people were complaining about getting bitten.[break]

He came back in a week and found some dead biting midges (noseeums) stuck to the boards.

Biting midges/noseeums are extremely small and less than 3 mm. They can easily gain entry into a home through the average window scree the and bite you. They don’t fly direcly through the screen, but instead land in it land on it and climb through .

Breeding Habits

Noseeums breed in very damp soil, mud and decaying vegetation. Since we've had so much rain this summer, there is an increased moisture are even more areas for them to breed.

Since noseeums are nearly impossible to see, it's also impossible to know exactly where they are breeding around your home. Therefore, there is no way to control noseeum production with pesticides. In an effort to keep them out of your house, make sure your windows are closed at night so they can’t get in through the screens.

The good news is, since they require the conditions above to breed, it is almost impossible for noseeums to reproduce in your home.

Here are some tips for a noseeum free home:

  • Make sure your windows are closed at night so they can't get in through the screens
  • Remove potted plants and retaining dishes from your home. They breed in damp soil.
  • Move potted plants with retaining dishes away from the house.

Where noseeums DO NOT BREED in your home:

  • Carpet.  It is not muddy or damp 
  • Bedding. It is not muddy or damp
  • Furniture. It is not muddy or damp 
  • Walls. They are not muddy or damp
  • Anything else in your house that is not muddy or damp

If you have small insects that are reproducing in your house, the noseeum is NOT your culprit.

Of course, if you're on your porch, lanai, or in your yard, grab your bottle of No No-See-Um Natural Insect Repellent to stay protected. Visit our Where to Buy page to see if there is a location that sells No No-See-Um near you. If not, get your trusty bottle oline now and have if deliverd directly to your home.


Tips for Vacationing at National Parks

With Summer vacation in full swing, many questions can come to mind. You may be wondering: where to go on a trip, what to do, how to dress, what to bring? It appears, lately, that the nation has been waking up and remembering the great outdoors. A spark has been rekindled and tourists are blazing the trails to experience America’s majestic national parks. Many folks are on their way from big cities or are new to, well, being outside. There is a lot to think about when venturing out to visit a national park. Some things to consider:[break]

Location, Location, Location

Deciding which national park you want to visit first can be daunting. Conveniently, there are many national parks that can reached within a reasonable distance from an airport. Not everyone can or wants to have to fly to their destination. Several travel agencies have recognized renewed interest and have again started promoting train excursions as a one-way or roundtrip getaway to one, or a series of national parks. Some even come with amenities provided along the journey. For those who prefer the good ol’ fun of a road trip, every park offers parking. A vacation can cost as much as you let it, but can always be worth more in the end.

Camping or Lodging?

A misconception of visiting a national park is that all you can do there is camp. This isn’t true at all. Though there’s nothing like sleeping under the stars and putting your bug spray to good use, it is very common for many lodging accommodations to exist nearby and they come fully equipped with beds and plumbing. Non campers, fear not. Some lodging facilities even offer shuttle rides to the park. If roughing it isn’t your thing, but you still want some breathtaking views, consider seeking a touring company. They know all of the good spots, it’s literally their job to know the national parks inside and out. It’s not unheard of for lodging sites to offer discounted rates on tours and dining to keep the tourists coming so, don’t be afraid to ask when looking around.

Dressing and Packing Accordingly

Something to remember about national parks is they, more often than not, contain many types of environments. Always research the park you’re interested in visiting and pay attention to the weather forecast. It’s possible you may be interested in a national park that has mountains that cause the weather to change at any moment or maybe you want to visit a southwestern park and you’re not aware of the cold nights. Whichever location it is, you’ll want to plan accordingly to save yourself a miserable trip and missed opportunity. Calling the local Park Ranger office or a local lodging establishment for advice is a great tip.

Five things you can never go wrong in bringing:

  • Bug spray: no matter where you go, they’re there.
  • Sunscreen: the sun, it’s everywhere.
  • Extra water: some hikes are longer than you thought.
  • A whistle: no one likes to be lost.
  • First-aid kit: it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Lions and Tigers and Bears are Real

While it isn’t very likely to encounter a wild tiger, the threat of lions and bears in American national parks is not a joke. A lot of people know that bears will seek food wherever it can, but not many know they can smell food from more than a mile away or that mountain lions hunt at dawn and dusk. Looking after the well-being of yourself and your loved ones can best be done by being prepared. After checking with the local authorities, it may be wise to carry mace or an air horn to scare off predators in the event of an encounter. Keep in mind that while these and other animals may be scary, you are in their home and as long as you respect their rules, you most likely won’t be considered a threat to them, nor them to you. Ask local Park Rangers for advice on how to handle possible situations and be aware of and be sure to read the informational and warning signs posted throughout the national park you are visiting. Educating yourself prior to an experience is the safest option for you and the animals.

Dangerous Plants and Bug Bites

Another important factor when hiking or camping in the national parks, is the foliage. Educate yourself about the area you choose to visit with which plants you may come across that can be poisonous or cause serious reactions. Depending on which national park you go to, you may want to consider long pant legs and shirt sleeves. While some climates won’t easily allow for it, staying covered is your best protection from brushing against a plant that you shouldn’t.

It’s not a big secret that bugs, biting insects, and nature go hand in hand. They are an important part of keeping their ecosystem alive, but when you enter their world, you can pay for it. One of the most important parts of vacationing to a national park is remembering your bug spray. There are countless accounts of amazing vacations being ruined by the ever-looming bug population. If you’re looking for a natural alternative to the world of DEET (which you probably are since you’re visiting a national park), No No-See-Um Natural Insect Repellent has you covered. It repels mosquitoes, no-see-ums, and biting flies using natural ingredients instead of harsh chemicals. The best way to enjoy the sights and relaxing nights is to fight the bite before it ever even happens.

Interview on the FOX 4 Morning Blend

Caroline Semerjian (owner) and Kip Buntrock (Director of Sales) are interviewed about No No-See--Um on the talk show the FOX 4 Morning Blend. 

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Nature and Natural Force

No-see-ums. Those awful little pests. They belong to the family of biting flies known as Ceratopogonidae. Depending on where you live or visit, the U.S., Canada... Scotland, no-see-ums are referred to by many names. No-see-ums have been called biting midges, midgies, punkies, five-Os, pinyon gnats, black gnats, knotts, moose flies, valley black flies, devil flies, and so on. They suck blood just like those pretty vampires in the movies, but there is nothing pretty about them, or what they leave behind. The saliva from the insect causes terrible welting and some people’s bites result in infected lesions which can lead to severe outcomes and/or scarring.[break]

Places of Comfort

Found all over the world where there are streams, marshes, bogs, or other forms of standing water, no-see-ums will continue to reproduce and each and every one is out for blood. No-see-ums can even be found in the desert. States like Florida are particularly infested and are becoming more so as new construction of homes and developments are built by ploughing over the marshlands and mangroves that these insects called home.

These teeny, tiny, pests are not to be underestimated for their size. They’re close to impossible to see and are always on the attack from early morning through late evening. They feed on blood in order to support their reproductive cycle and production of eggs. A female no-see-um will then lay its eggs on a moist surface. They can hatch in as little as 2-7 days. In optimal climates, imagine that multiplied by the thousands. No-see-ums can reproduce into large populations very quickly. They leave very large and extremely itchy welts when they bite. More bugs equals more bites. Many biting insects can transmit diseases from one host to another. It is a smart idea to be sure to protect yourself from no-see-um bites, as well as other biting insects if they are prevalent.

How to Respond

Some people claim that DEET is a reliable repellent, but most people are shying away from using potentially harmful chemicals on their skin. DEET has been suspected of causing damage to human and animal nervous systems. It has been recommended to never be used on children or pets. While it hasn’t been concluded that DEET causes cancer, it also hasn’t been proven that it doesn’t. Some aspects may sound similar to the eventual findings of harm cause by DDT. As the species of no-see-ums varies from area to area, the one thing that doesn’t change is they are an absolute nuisance. The key to keeping them away? No No-See-Um Natural Insect Repellent. It fights the bugs so you don’t have to. With all natural EPA-approved ingredients, you can fight nature with a natural force. All of that energy saved from not swatting at invisible pricks on your skin, mosquitoes, and those pesky flies, can be channeled into enjoying your days outside with No No-See-Um.

No-see-ums Love Animals Too

It’s easy to forget about the swarms of no-see-ums when you’re somewhere they aren’t present year-round. Soon enough though, you remember fast. You aren’t alone. Just as much as you don’t like the no-see-ums and their awful bites, your pets are right there with you. Danger lurks, but we can battle the pests together, us and our animals.[break]

The Risk of Disease

No-see-ums aren’t known to be disease transmitters to humans at this time, but they and mosquitoes are very dangerous to animals. When we go out for our morning or evening walks we can use bug sprays and insect repellents and enjoy our outings. What about the dogs we take with us? How enjoyable can it be to walk in grass, sand, or rocks with hundreds of bugs in your eyes, in your ears, and on your very loveable drooly hanging tongue? It can’t possibly be fun at all. Can you imagine having nasty, itchy, blistering, welts and sores and not be able to voice your discomfort or even get to complain a little? This is how our dogs feel.

What You Can Do

The trouble with no-see-ums is that there is no way to eliminate them. They are a part of the environment where we live and likely always will be. People get overwhelmed and discouraged when they think there is no way around this issue. Don’t give up, there is a way.

The answer is simple, insect repellent. When we get bit by something, it’s uncomfortable. We don’t like it. We wear insect repellent to keep bugs away from us and prevent the agony of “the itch”. Wouldn’t it be great if our dogs could do the same? They can with No No-See-Um Natural Insect Repellent. It keeps all sorts of biting insects like no-see-ums, mosquitoes, black flies, and biting gnats away. We can easily spray ourselves before we head outside and address our dog’s needs in just the same way, easily and with great effect. Tails are wagging already.

The Man-Made Creation of Infestation

Engineers across the country and other places in the world take their ideas of beautiful developments from the drawing board to reality by destroying and building atop of wetlands and swamplands. Eliminating natural drainage and water retention areas, they have to then create man-made drainage lakes and streams to prevent lands from turning into unwanted swamplands.[break]

The Many Names of a Problem

While in theory this works, engineers like those in parts of Southern Florida didn’t take into account the breeding grounds they were creating for insects like no-see-ums. These miniscule biting bugs are smaller than fruit flies and swarm through our heartland with a vengeance. Most often than not, you don’t even see them coming. They attack through and under clothes, socks, and hats. Bites by no-see-ums can produce miserable, itching welts that may not even show up until a day to several days after getting bit.

Called a variety of names, no-see-ums, or biting midges, five-Os, and devil flies, etc., they terrorize beach goers, campers, fishermen, hikers, hunters, gardeners, and anyone participating in outdoor activities, including the much eluded “relaxing” thing people talk about. Locals and visitors to Florida and the other types of places described can’t possibly relax after they’ve acquired the incredibly itchy welts caused by the bite of these insects.

Developing a Solution

Southern Floridian and local inventor/owner, Caroline Semerjian is passionate about outdoor living in no-see-um free zones. Behold, No No-See-Um, the all natural insect repellent developed to effectively repel no-see-ums and other biting insects that ruin your chi. A free-spirited nature-lover, she has created the answer. No No-See-Um will certainly keep you from using that little rake you use to try and relax in your Zen garden, as your official no-see-um bite scratcher.  

Any questions are welcomed by Caroline via the contact section of the No No-See-Um website. You can find her product in many stores, or by ordering online.

Fear the Bite? We Don’t.

In some areas, no-see-ums, mosquitoes, and other biting insects are ever-prevalent, but even so, some times of the year are worse than others. Here in No No-See-Um’s home state of Florida, as with many other states and countries, summer means bugs. A LOT of them.[break]

Don’t Get Bug-Bummed

The problem with this, is most of us moved to, or chose to visit, Florida and other warm, humid, places because we love the outdoors. We want to be outside. We want to fish and dive in the Florida Keys, lay out on the tropical secluded beaches of Sanibel Island, kayak through natural mangrove trails, and eat outdoors at beautiful restaurants. We want to go boating, camping, and “shelling” as the locals call it. We want to be happy outside. What we don’t want, is to be swarmed and attacked by bugs. It is almost safe to say that no one, anywhere, at any time would want to be swarmed and attacked. What if you don’t see the swarm, or the attack? Sometimes you don’t see any bugs, but they’re there.

Reactions and Solutions

In Florida, California, Arizona, Alabama, and even places as far as halfway around the world, many people discover they have “mystery bites”. They don’t know what has happened to them when they notice mysterious welts appearing almost out of nowhere on their body. Commonly, people are unaware that they have been bitten by no-see-ums. Eventually their skin reacts to the bite and the time-delay offsets their conclusion of the culprit. The reactions can take any amount of time spanning from minutes, in acute cases, to days to occur. No-see-um bites are often very large and extremely itchy. While no-see-ums are actually smaller than mosquitoes, their bites tend to leave much bigger and far more itchy impacts. Any time someone goes outside where no-see-ums are found, the insects are a definite risk to those exposed.

It is important for locals and visitors alike, who experience these insect-infested places, to wear an insect repellent if they want to save themselves the agony of no-see-um bites. Products like Skin So Soft by Avon may keep some no-see-ums away, but according to users it leaves a greasy residue. Some have reported “human flypaper instances”, in which they found themselves covered in bug bodies that have drowned in and stuck to the greasy residue. No No-See-Um, however, is a natural, non-greasy, insect repellent that really was originally created to be extremely effective against no-see-ums and is just that. To boot, it not only repels the pesky no-see-ums, but it is also very effective at fighting off mosquitoes and other annoying biting insects that are a bummer to your summer.

DEET Plus Sunscreen is a Recipe for Disaster

DEET isn’t neat, not if you’re green, and not in sunscreen. DEET based products may be potentially harmful to the nervous system as well as to the environment. There is consideration as new studies out of Canada show that DEET, mixed with sunscreen, can actually increase the absorption of the man-made chemical into human skin. Speeding up the absorption rate of the product applied, in layman's terms, means you will potentially increase your amount of exposure to an unnatural, chemically-engineered product, that hasn’t been proven not to cause cancer. Some studies have appeared to conclude that the addition of DEET actually lessens the effectiveness of the sunscreen making the product not only threatening, but also, useless.[break]

Failure to Regulate

More than 20 versions of sunscreen/insect repellent combos are currently available on the market. Unfortunately, since the FDA regulates sunscreen, while the EPA regulates insect repellent, neither agency is fully responsible for the combo products. How can you be sure that preventative testing for health or batch testing for quality has been conducted for a product that isn’t regulated? Why would you even want to take the risk of using it if it may be harmful?

A Better Recipe

When it comes to absorbing anything through your skin, it’s definitely a better option to go all-natural. The skin is the largest organ of the human body. You should always be careful of what you let your skin absorb. Harmful products can lead to deformities, rashes, cancer, and other unwanted symptoms. Wearing natural sunscreens like those that are SPF-rated mineral sunscreens with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as the active ingredients are a great alternative. Using No No-See-Um Natural Insect Repellent to battle the bugs for you, may just put your mind at ease that you aren’t forcing your body to absorb and process potentially harmful chemicals. If you’re making a fire and you find a stick on the ground, you can use it as is. There is no need to engineer a stick when you have one already. So then, why engineer a product if nature has already handed it to you? No No-See-Um Natural Insect Repellent embraces the Earth and its natural gifts and utilizes them in their pure, natural, non engineered, wonderful form of existence.

Tips for Healing and Soothing No-see-um Bites

Something bit you and you didn’t know. It’s hours later and suddenly you are SO aware. Blame the no-see-ums. They can bite you without you knowing because they are barely even visible. It can take hours to days for the human body to react to the “poison-like” substance from the bite. The welts that form from these reactions are incredibly itchy and can easily develop into infected lesions. The welts and itching last for days to weeks and you find yourself just wishing and waiting for the itching to stop and the red bumps to go away. While your body will heal itself in time, sometimes with the assistance of antibiotics and/or antihistamines, what can you do to ease the discomfort of the incessant itching?[break]

How to Fight the Bite

Many people aren’t expecting a no-see-um bite because they are often unaware of their existence and can’t see them to know they’re there. Often when bites are discovered, it is hours to days after having been bitten. People will wake up scratching and are soon alarmed at what they see in the mirror. The large red welts can easily put someone into an itchy panic, but never fear, there are many common household items that have anti-itch properties.

Some home remedies to help ease the itch of no-see-um bites are:

  • the application of underarm deodorant to the bite
  • wiping the bite with rubbing alcohol
  • applying toothpaste to the affected area
  • mixing baking soda with water to make a paste and rubbing it onto the bite

Ice or very cold water are immediate and safe ways to sooth the skin. The worst thing someone can for no-see-um bites is not resist the urge to scratch. By scratching the bites, the itch will worsen and the blisters caused by the bites will most likely open. These lesion can get infected quickly and potentially lead to doctor visits or the need for other forms of medical assistance.

How to Avoid the Bite and Future Options

Once you’ve had a no-see-um bite, you know you never want one again. The best way to avoid getting bitten is to wear insect repellent. No No-See-Um Natural Insect Repellent is an excellent choice to repel no-see-ums and other biting insects like mosquitoes, black flies, and biting gnats. Existing properties from natural plant oils in No No-See-Um Natural Insect Repellent will not only repel future biting insects, but can also soothe current bites. The best bet to feel better when you have no-see-um bites, is to know with No No-See-Um, it won’t happen again. Look out for No No-See-Um’s new after bite product coming soon for those of you who forget your repellent and regret it.

How to Battle What You Can't See

Wait. I’m getting bit by what? How do you know it’s there if you can’t see it? If you’re getting bit by “phantom” bugs, you could very well have a no-see-um issue on your hands, aaand  your arms and your legs and your… sounding familiar? Chances are you aren’t a fan of the incessant itching and agitation no-see-um bites cause. How do you keep the insect at bay? Nowadays, more and more people are becoming conscious of the environment and the effect humans have on it. They are looking for non-endangering options and prevention measures, but don’t know where to start.[break]

Keeping Away No-See-Ums, Mosquitoes, and Other Uninvited Guests

Begin by addressing where it is the no-see-ums and their friends are breeding. If there is standing water on your property, it is literally, a standing invitation to no-see-ums, mosquitoes, and the like. Eliminate all standing water hiding in places like tires, basins, tarps, and planters. Be sure to drain and rinse out birdbaths and other water-filled objects, such as man-made ponds and fountains. If your location has many dips or holes in the ground, fill them with slightly acidic soil, to deter the no-see-ums and to ensure they won’t fill with future stagnant water. Keep grass and vegetation trimmed, as damp grassy areas are just as inviting to bugs as those old water-filled tires.

Chemical Warfare

Using insecticides to deter no-see-ums, mosquitoes, flies, and other insects is not all that bad of an idea, if, of course, the insecticide is safe and all natural. Insecticide, itself, means it isn’t safe for the bugs. With that said, a natural environment is a natural environment for a reason. That’s the way it’s meant to be and changing a population or condition of one species could likely change that of another. Since most insecticides have harmful ingredients, they are a threat to not only the non-harmful insects and vegetation, but to people, their pets, and the local wildlife. What’s natural about that? Better alternatives to insecticides, are natural deterrents. One easy solution, is growing plants belonging to the mint family, in abundance, in the troublesome areas . The natural repelling properties, expelled from the plants, can help keep insect problems to a minimum.

Personal Footprints

The safest, most effective, form of repellent to use in regard to the environment, is the type you use on yourself. A great way to keep the insects, bugs, pests, whatever you want to call them, from bothering you, is to protect, well, you. All natural insect repellent is an excellent approach just like the one No No-See-Um takes. Decreasing the size of the footprint you leave on the environment, increases the strength of future eco-systems. By using all natural ingredients for a personal-use spray, No No-See-Um keeps nature safe and keeps you safe from nature.

No-see-um? No I haven’t.

What is a no-see-um?

Some people haven’t heard of a no-see-um, but those who have, know them very well. A no-see-um is a tiny flying insect, measuring only about 1/16th-1/8th of an inch. They are almost impossible to see, but you can surely feel them… eventually at least. Under a microscope,they look like a smaller version of a mosquito. When a no-see-um bites someone, it cuts lacerations into the person’s skin, then uses its saliva as an anticoagulant so it can suck blood. An individual’s reaction, in their skin to the saliva, can be intense. Countless people will get bit and not realize it until hours to days later. [break]They eventually find large, itchy, welts, that sometimes even cover a majority of their body. The welts can form blisters and scratching them can cause large lesions and lead to infection. Confusing the red welts with bedbug, mite, and flea bites, people continue to be bit without explanation because they can’t find the culprit. They just can’t see ‘um.  While no-see-ums may enter a home undetected through open windows, or riding in on a pet, they are not bed-dwellers like bedbugs or dust mites. No-see-ums can, though, be referred to by many different names such as biting midges, midgies, punkies, five-Os, pinyon gnats, black gnats, knotts, moose flies, valley black flies, devil flies, and more.

Um, where are they?

No-see-ums commonly  inhabit water-front and grassy areas with alkaline soil. One such place is Florida, where the No No-See-Um Natural Insect Repellent was first created. In many areas of Florida (as well as other states and countries), the soils were formed from materials rich in calcium. This can result from the erosion of, for example,  limestone or sea shells, and results  in an alkaline ph. The environment is perfect for the little pests, which is plenty unfortunate for people who also enjoy parks, beaches, ponds, marshes, lakes and the like. Many parts of the world have similar attractions, with perfect, no-see-um accommodating, variables. With so many  people affected, in so many lands across the map, it’s no surprise the no-see-ums have acquired their many names. You’re not in the clear by just avoiding beaches and bodies of water. Hiking nature trails in California, a tee-ball game in Arizona, and even an outdoor family party in Alabama are places no-see-ums and mosquitoes are out for blood.

How do you fight the bite?!

You don’t want ‘um and you don’t need ‘um? Then avoid them entirely, by protection of course! The easiest way to fight the bite is to not get bit at all. The No No-See-Um Natural Insect Repellent will take care of that for you. Just spray yourself and enjoy the outdoors. No No-See-Um was initially intended to be your savior from no-see-um misery and it does just that and then some. It also eliminates the potential for mosquito, black fly, tick, and other bites. By repelling many other biting insects, while also protecting you from those nasty no-see-ums, its a clear winner.

How to Get Rid of Noseeums

If you live in or have ever visited a tropical area with a lot of standing water you know what a no-see-um is. You also know how frustrating it can be to enjoy the outdoors when these tiny insects are ever present and consistently on the attack. Back in the day, homeowners used to focus on insecticides with DEET as the key ingredient, which not only is toxic, but doesn't work well to combat noseeum bites. These days most people are conscious of the environment and so are looking for other options and prevention measures.[break]

To get rid of noseeums, the first thing to do is address potential breeding grounds. If there is standing water on your property that has the potential to create masses of no-see-ums. If possible eliminate standing water. Drain and rinse out birdbaths and other water-filled objects. If your yard is full of ruts or holes fill those as well so that they don’t fill and stand during the rainy seasons. Also check the retention area of potted plants in the house and on any porches. You can use insecticide, however this is a very short term solution as it will have to be reapplied every life cycle to make a difference. Most insecticides have harmful ingredients to pets, children and the environment in general.

You’ll also want to be sure to keep the no-see-ums out of your home and lanai. To do this you’ll need screens that are smaller than 16-mesh. You can further discourage no-see-ums by using an overhead or oscillating fan.

When you decide to head outdoors, keep in mind that these insects are most active in the early morning and evening hours. Wear light-colored clothing to cover your body and shoes and socks that cover your ankles and feet. Apply an all natural insect repellent like No No-See-Um to both your clothing and your skin. By following these guidelines you will set yourself up for success at keeping the no-see-ums away from you, your pets and loved ones.

What’s a Noseeum?

No-see-ums are a tiny pest about 1/16th inch long. You can barely see them...but you sure can feel them. If you were to take a look with a microscope you’d see something that looks like a smaller version of a mosquito. These swarming insects tend to breed on the edges of water such as ponds, marshes or pools of water. Their eggs literally hatch in three days at which point they become adults and busily breed, feed and mate.


What Happens When They Bite?

No-see-ums love blood; in fact they must feed on blood to serve and feed the younger insects. As we said earlier, they are very tiny so you might be surprised to discover that their bite delivers quite a wallop. Their bites result in red welts and/or bumps about 1/4" - 1/2" in size. The bites are quite itchy often, particularly in kids. Scratching can result in open bleeding sores and unfortunately, the scratching will not relieve the itch. You can relieve the itch by using over the counter topical cortisone creams and other anti inflammatories.

The best way to deal with No-see-ums is to work on prevention. There are very few bug sprays on the market that both work and are naturally safe. The issue with using insecticide containing DEET is that it is both harmful to the environment and humans. You’re better off to stick with proven all natural sprays such as No no-see-um. With ingredients like citronella and lemongrass in No no-see-um, you smell good to other humans and bad to the no-see-ums. Geranium oil has also been thrown in which is known to have healing and therapeutic properties for pain and stress relief of existing bites. 

May is National Garden Month

Did you know that May is National Garden month? It’s a wonderful time of year when spring has sprung and homeowners everywhere celebrate and participate in gardening. Flowers bloom, the sun shines and life is good!

But wait...if you've been part of the gardening community for awhile, you know that noseeums, mosquitoes and biting gnats can make your gardening experience nothing short of miserable. Especially if you work during the day and only have time to garden in the evening when noseeums bite the most. While it’s the best time of the year to expand and design your garden and landscape, it can also be a challenge to focus when you’re being attacked by biting insects. 

So with an ever growing population of parents who realize the health benefits of gardening, what’s a mother to do? Well, first things first, avoid bug sprays with DEET as an ingredient. It just doesn’t make sense to cover your child in a cloud of chemicals while you’re busy teaching them about the beauty and wonder of nature and gardening. Keep in mind that many products that are DEET free have other harmful chemicals. 

Next, choose some long sleeved and light colored “gardening outfits” that are banded at the wrists and ankles. Have your kids wear hats as well and mist both clothing and skin with an all natural bug repellant. The most effective bug sprays will have some combination of citronella, lemongrass and geranium. You’ll also want to try to avoid gardening in the early morning or evening hours. Optimally, right after the kids get home from school would be the best time as the sun will still be high. 

Now get out the trowel and the pepper plants and start building your garden so you can help develop your kids healthy attitudes towards food and wellness. You may be surprised to know that they’ll also likely do better and school and begin to take more personal responsibility in their lives.