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Old 04-30-2019, 06:28 AM
 
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I just moved to Tampa Saturday to my new ďdream homeĒon the water..... with a pool....with no freaking screen! I feel like I have fairy blood to no see ums. My blood must be delicious to them! Itís only Tuesday and Iíve already called a screen company for estimates. Any advice at keeping these things away would be helpful. I love to garden, swim, we have a boat, I take long walks etc. Iím in my late 30ís and very active. My community is in Northwest Tampa and the marina is in my backyard. Beautiful to see but miserable to try to enjoy. I just ordered skin so soft plus repellent and Iím praying it works. Bug sprays haven't helped at all. I have applied peppermint oil to the bites for relief. I donít even care how bad it burns itís better than the itch. Does citronella even work for ANY bugs anymore? Advice please?!!!
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Old 04-30-2019, 07:34 AM
 
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I attract them too - at the kid's soccer games, I'd be swatting them while other people just stood around and weren't bitten.

I did google it just now and there are products that specifically repel them on Amazon.
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Old 04-30-2019, 07:41 AM
 
Location: NW Nevada
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No see ums" (call them buffalo gnats here) are a tough enemy. We ony have problems with them here near boddies of water like lakes and resevoirs especially if there's lots of mud therebouts. Camping situations. Smoke from certain types of wood keeps them off the campsite and Skin so Soft works well away from the fire. Of course smoke is not practical in your situation.


These little suckers are just voracious. I hate them. Thankfully away from the water we don't have to deal with them and mosquitos are bad enough. You can't get away from the water. There may be some type of commercially available safe smoker type products. No see ums don't like smoke. We use mountain mahogany or greasewood sagebrush. Steeping the leaves of these makes a more than passable repellent as well but a lot of folks don't like smelling like sagebrush or mahogany for a few days. LOL, it don't wash off but the bugs won't bother you.
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Old 04-30-2019, 11:54 AM
 
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Some people swear that taking Vitamin B1 works to repell biting insects. There are geranium type patio plants that you can grow to repel bugs. Check online for the types.



I am most paranoid about ticks. I like to put tea tree oil with water in a spray bottle & mist it on clothes before out door activities & also on the dogs to augment their heavy duty monthly tick drop treatments....I put straight tea tree oil on sneakers & store them & hiking boots in closet with bounce dryer sheets.
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Old 05-02-2019, 06:00 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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You'll appreciate the No-see-ums once the palmetto bugs start causing large bruises when they land on you.


Spices are chemicals manufactured by plants as insect repellents. Garlic seems to be among the best, but you need to eat so much that your perspiration will announce your presence well in advance of your arrival. Cannabis may be even better at discouraging insects.


Then there's the old Native American trick of smearing your skin with bear fat. ...and necklaces made of the excess bear claws can be quite fetching.
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Old 05-02-2019, 01:01 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Skin so soft by Avon....
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Old 05-03-2019, 03:50 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Skin so soft by Avon....
Never worked for me. DEET-based repellent, long sleeves and pants with tucked in cuffs does.
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Old 05-03-2019, 06:03 PM
 
Location: NC
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If you can position yourself in front of a fan, the wind will blow them away.
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Old 05-03-2019, 06:09 PM
 
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long sleeves, long pants, and a hat.
sorry. those are the only things that
"worked" for us. secondary benefit:
protection from the sun since we
HATE greasy sunscreen on our skin.
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Old Today, 11:40 AM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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If you can position yourself in front of a fan, the wind will blow them away.
True. We live near the Gulf and only get no-see’ums on quiet, still evenings with no air movement. Luckily those nights are few and there is usually a breeze most evenings.

A pool cage won’t keep them out unless it has a specific screening that is a tighter weave that keeps out no-see’ums.
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