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Happenings in the insect world
by Diana
on September 2, 2013 at 8:48 PM
I have been bitten all over my legs and arms by these No See Ums. I could feel something hut didn't see anything. Being type 1 Diabetic very difficult to control since my welts have formed scabs from itching. I just can't help but itch!!
by Cindy
on September 11, 2013 at 2:14 PM
I'm in North Phoenix, AZ and we've had no see-ums in our house since 8/1/2013. We had the house sealed by a pest control company, but they're so tiny, they get in every day anyway. I was being bitten repeteadly every day until I bought no see-um netting jacket and pants on Amazon. Some days are worse than others, especially since they come out in swarms. Mosquito coils work ok to repel them, but even 100% DEET doesn't work. I keep a lint roller handy to kill as many of the ones that land on me as possible. I found that putting oil on my hands helps to drown them; it was scary to find out how many were flying around my hands! I'm starting to lose hope that they will die off soon! If anyone has any other recommendations on how to get rid of them, please let me know.
by Kim
on September 11, 2013 at 11:26 PM
In the last week or so I have been bitten by these no-see-ums to such a horrible degree, as well as a bunch of my neighbors. The itching from these bites is so drives me crazy! I live in West Davis, near the greenbelt/pond.
by kathy
on October 23, 2013 at 9:46 PM
I live in Denver Colorado recently I've been getting bit and the same marks are the ones that I see on you the little dot dot and no um Swelling but they itch a little and they sting when they bite you what can I do about it I'm a cancer patient just had 8 hours of surgery and I'm so miserable
by kathy
on October 23, 2013 at 9:48 PM
I live in Denver Colorado recently I've been getting bit and the same marks are the ones that I see on you the little dot dot and no um Swelling but they itch a little and they sting when they bite you what can I do about it I'm a cancer patient just had 8 hours of surgery and I'm so miserable had or can come out check for bedbugs and fleas and they can't find anything so this is the only other thing I can think of can help I'm not sleeping and I'm dead tired as it is I've got a catheter in my chest and then growing in my other arm so I can't even use my my arms please give me some info and some help on the situation thank you
by Sloan Marlowe
on October 26, 2013 at 5:38 PM
Horrible in LA-Angeles Nat'l Forest. I also have yellow jackets and just put out the traps from Home Depot. They are catching many of these no see ums!!!! YAY! I don't have them inside,but if they start biting inside I will get more of these. They aren't expensive. Otherwise, I bought net pants and jacket made by Bug Out Outdoorwear and it works great.
by Mercedes
on February 2, 2014 at 12:30 PM
We live in Hampton,TN, we have problem with no-see-ums in the house and the cars. How do we get rid of them? We need help.
by Robert Paine
on February 8, 2014 at 5:01 AM
I get bitten a lot, my wife doesn't? I drink diet pop she doesn't? I have high blood sugar, she doesnot. I have never seen one. Once the itch starts I try to itch the spot until it opens up the skin a little, then I apply vinegar. If the vinegar stings that is good because I know the acid in the vinegar is reacting to the bit posion. At least this way the bites heal up a lot faster and do not drive me crazy. Good Luck.
by Jennifer
on March 21, 2014 at 8:05 PM
We were in the Bahamas in February and got completely covered in bites from the no-see-ums. The people I was with healed faster than me because they refused to itch their bites. I tried every cream and medication out there (including antihistamines) and they were still ridiculously itchy. The only thing that helped me stop itching was ICE. I sat there for a whole day changing ice packs to stop the itch. After that they started to heal.
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on March 25, 2014 at 2:04 AM
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by Joyce Burke
on May 8, 2014 at 12:37 PM
I am almost 68 years old, have been living in Lake Lure, North Carolina for 23 years, and although I'm originally from Massachusetts and Connecticut and have heard of noseeums/sand fleas, I have never been a 'victim.' About a week ago I started itching, thinking they were mosquito bites. But the itch, as you've all noted, is unbelievably itchy. It can drive a person totally nuts in no time! I tried ammonia, which takes the itch away (sold in vials called After Bite' but you can buy a gallon of amonia a lot cheaper ... buy the gallon jug and you can refill the After Bite vial), and Cortaid or cortisone cream. Although these helped somewhat, I was covered with about 80 bites and, not being able to stop scratching, I now have huge welts and a red ring around the bite site. My ankles and lower legs look like port wine birthmarks. I am so embarrassed, so much so that I cannot wear dresses or shorts. They have bitten my legs, arms and back, and the last straw was the bite on my 'who-who' --- I finally went to my family doctor, who prescribed prednisone pills. I take 2 pills a day for one week, then one pill a day for one week. Although they are a corticosteroid, they are the only thing that will totally eradicate the bites and itching. And the good news is that they are on my pharmacy's $3 generic list! I'm still getting bit by these devil fleas, but the itching is less and my doctor said I will notice a huge difference in just a few days, and it will all go away by the time I have used up all the pills. I hope this helps --- I don't like to take drugs, but this is only short term, and the itching is so bad I had no choice (I couldn't sleep --- even got bitten tons of times in my sleep. You just can't focus on anything else, the itch is so severe). Good luck to all of you fighting this curse --- they should have noseeums in Hell --- it's the perfect punishment for sinners! God bless y'all !
by Kathy
on May 26, 2014 at 9:56 PM
I have tried Australian tea tree oil (meleleuka).. With VERY GOOD RESULTS. Also peppermint oil. But mainly tea tree oil applied when you are first bitten. It cools it and thus, the itchiness is very much lessened. You need to use 100% full strength.  
May God bless you as you search for remedies.
by Tara
on June 2, 2014 at 5:15 PM
I just can't figure out why if there's 10 people outside only I get tons of bites (a few others got a few) and it takes 2 weeks? for mine to heal (where the others are nearly better by morning). Craziness. Well, I've tried Off (spray can and pump)to prevent the bites but no luck. Then for the itching I've tried the After Bite pens, Cortizone 10 cream, Benedryl spray and cream, Calamine lotion..clear and pink, and Benedryl tabs. The Caladryl Plus (clear) put on literally like lotion helps. Not so much on the rest :/ But the best remedy I've found!!!! clear nail polish! it looks ridiculous (especially as it starts to lift after a day or two) but it actually makes them stop itching! Buy the cheap NYC or Wet N Wild brand in the drugstore for $.99. Actually buy 2 so you don't go bonkers when you can't find the first one and you're itching like crazy :0 Hope this helps someone.
by Tara
on June 2, 2014 at 5:16 PM
I just can't figure out why if there's 10 people outside only I get tons of bites (a few others got a few) and it takes 2 weeks? for mine to heal (where the others are nearly better by morning). Crazyness. Well, I've tried Off (spray can and pump)to prevent the bites but no luck. Then for the itching I've tried the After Bite pens, Cortizone 10 cream, Benedryl spray and cream, Calamine lotion..clear and pink, and Benedryl tabs. The Caladryl Plus (clear) put on literally like lotion helps. Not so much on the rest :/ But the best remedy I've found!!!! clear nail polish!!! it looks ridiculous (especially as it starts to lift after a day or two) but it actually makes them stop itching!! Buy the cheap NYC or Wet N Wild brand in the drugstore for $.99. Actually buy 2 so you don't go bonkers when you can't find the first one and you're itching like crazy :0 Hope this helps someone.
by Sandra
on June 5, 2014 at 7:31 AM
Ditto on the intense itching. I have been using pure therapeutic grade essential oil on the bites, specifically one called Purification. The testimonies say it neutralizes the venom which has proven to be true. I also carry Thieve Spray which helps when one spot won't stop itching - it has clove oil which numbs the spot and it also is antiseptic. The brand I use is sold as Young Living which you can buy directly from company on line or from a distributor.  
Still not pleasant experience but at least the oils work and they are safe even for kids.
by Sandra gouge
on June 8, 2014 at 5:35 PM
Joyce. funny! Noseeums in he'll.... I'm ate up from head to toe! how can I make this evil bug leave the premises? What attracts them? Why do they eat some people and not others. how do I male the itch go away. bakingsoda and water putty helped for a moment. HELP ME PLEASE. Can we simply change the makeup of the soil but still I'm the only one they bite at friends house in Marion nc
by J. Mandel
on June 8, 2014 at 6:32 PM
A Benadryl spray helped stop itch and dry up bites:  
I moved to AZ about 3 years ago from back East and had never heard of these bugs until recently. I went on vacation a couple of weeks ago and a couple days prior I started to get an irritated itchy feeling on my stomach area. I didn't think much of it because i get a lot of skin irritations but a day or so later after i was on my vacation and red bumps started to appear all over my torso and they were incredibly itchy. the bumps were raised, circular, looked like a ring with a dot in the middle. they would get inflamed and so itchy it started to get me really worried. i had no idea what it was. i thought it felt and looked like chicken pocks but they were only on my torso. i did my best to ignore the itching and enjoy my vacation. it would itch all night and heat and being covered with clothing made it feel worse. after showering the irritation increased. I tried applying hydrocortizone cream but it didn't improve or feel better. i thought to take Benadryl but i know from experience how lethargic that makes me so by the 3rd day i found and bought a Benadryl like spray and sprayed it on the bites a few times a day and within a day or two i felt much better. the bites didn't itch much anymore and started to dry up. it has been about 3 weeks and the marks from the bites are still visible and seem to get irritated again after being out in the sun so laying out in the sun has proved to be a bad idea at the moment. i fear i will experience these bites again, due to these no see ums being so common. i probably have experienced them in the past but not so profound, i just didn't know that's what it was. i do now and it really creeps me out. at least the Benadryl spray worked pretty good so i wanted to pass it along to those who share my bad experience and hope it might help others! Good luck and stay healthy!
by Kelly
on June 10, 2014 at 6:37 AM
I live in the New Bralunfels TX area and I continue to get bitten ever time I'm outside. I never see them. I get bit in places that are uncomfortable. Along pantie lines, armpits, bra line and sock line. Unfortunately I have had a few become infected badly. I've learned to apply anti-itch cream as soon as I notice the bites but leary of applying at my private area, what do you suggest as my doctor doesn't believe they are bug bites. Not sure what he thinks they are but I am miserable!! Help me please because scratching private areas in public is impossible.
by Gail wendorf
on June 11, 2014 at 6:06 PM
I live in Yavapai county, Ariz. We just dug up the yard for an above ground pool! I am now covered in red welts! The itching is driving me crazy! I've noticed like a stinger in the welt when it goes down? Crazyitchy!
by Jodi
on June 15, 2014 at 10:17 AM
My hubby is getting tons of bites, but we live in Southeast Missouri. Are these bugs here? He plays lots of golf and there are ponds on the course. We live 10 miles from the Mississippi River. Last year we had a huge problem with biting gnats!
by angela
on June 17, 2014 at 8:25 PM
I'm staying up in the DFW area and the family I am with right now went on a camping trip to one of the lakes. They came back with bites and now I have gotten them. They said they were called 'chiggers'. Little bugs that are in the grass, like a mite or tiny tick. I don't know what it is, but I do know that I am itchy every where! Legs, back, stomach, panty line, bra line-- literally every where! Cortizone cream doesn't seem to help much.
by Barbara
on June 25, 2014 at 5:34 AM
Finally, thanks to this column and your comments I know what I have suffered-and now am currently suffering-for the last four years in June/early July in southern Minnesota. My husband never gets these bites but I have had intense itching. We live at the edge of a lake and I usually do all of the yard work. Yesterday both of us trimmed tall plants and bushes. Last night I was covered with the typical tiny bumps which when scratched become welts...almost always along panty and bra lines which make them even more annoying. Ice helps a lot although I have had to apply it several times in 24 hours. Thanks to one comment, I tried clear nail polish. It also helped-at least enough to let me sleep. The welts usually last about 1 1/2-2 weeks. This time I am going to try my best not to scratch. I am so thankful to at least know what is causing this. Thanks so much for your help.
by Jennifer
on June 25, 2014 at 6:23 AM
Angela chiggers are different and live under your skin... apply clear nail polish over the welt to suffocate the bugs
by Linda b
on June 25, 2014 at 9:16 PM
My house is infested with these biting gnats. I'm throwing all my house plants away. Any help out there?
by Rita
on June 26, 2014 at 6:34 PM
I went blueberry picking in Wilson, La. I did not notice until the next day, when the itching started. Mostly on my tender spots, panty line, bra line and legs. The itching is really bad. The best relief I got was Chiggerex Plus, with Aloe Vera & Chamomile.  
From reading all the comments, it seems like they are all over the U.S.
by Terri
on June 27, 2014 at 7:33 PM
I have read many threads on the topic of noseeum bites experimenting with just about everything anyone has written. This is what has worked for me...  
I take a Super B Complex and a whole (small) garlic clove as a blood purifier and natural internal insect repellent, garlic will also kill any internal parasites, I drink 1 package of Emergency and take an extra 4000 mg of Vitamin C for healing the skin and bites. A couple of very hot showers a day disperses the histamine and after each shower, it is an ooo-ahh moment! Don't burn yourself! I cover myself with an oil mixture I premixed and kept in a bottle with about 4 oz olive oil, 4 oz coconut oil with about 6 to 10 drops each of essential oil: lavender oil, clove oil, peppermint oil, tea tree oil (don't get in eyes, flush with water if it happens), it is so soothing and moisturizing to the skin, then I believe the best and most effective healing and anti-itch application I found was cover myself especially at night because it looks so funny, cover area with 40% zinc oxide..too bad it isn't clear because it is a thick white pasty cream..I use the Walmart brand Equate, but d  
Diaperene? may be the same %  
This seems to be working well as both a repellent and drying and healing the bites,  
I wish everyone fast and soothing healing and inner and outer peace
by wendy
on July 6, 2014 at 7:05 AM
For the person asking about south east Missouri. They are definitely there. I have a cabin near the black river. I seen to be the only one in my family that gets bit.
by Amanda
on July 6, 2014 at 2:55 PM
I just came back from a camping trip and decided to count all the bites on my body. I am highly allergic to mosquitoes, but their bites go away after an hour. These bites get higher everyday and I knew a skeeter didn't bite. My sister was bit, too, but she only has red circles. I have giant red bumps on ,y ENTIRE body, from the neck down. The itch is so intense and not even hydrocortisone cream can stop it.
by Lolita
on July 7, 2014 at 5:50 PM
I live in Dallas Texas and I've been dealing with the bug for a long time people think I'm crazy my house is infestedI i've tried every type of bug killer all I do is try to keep on vacuuming as much as possible and by and bug spray .
by Janelle Curlin-Taylor
on July 7, 2014 at 9:07 PM
I am a UC Davis grad living in Austin. So glad to find this site. My brother suggested no-see-ums and he is right on. Hydrocortisone 1% anti-itch ointment worked for me. Also ice (in the middle of the nite!) before I got the hydrocortisone. I was walking on a sandy path against a small preserve thick with brush and trees in a small canyon. Thank you all for your input.
by maybis
on July 8, 2014 at 10:45 AM
I have a terrible no see um allergy. I was reading an article today about a device called ThermaCell that they sell in sporting goods stores. All of the reviews are really favorable over at Cabela's website. It is made to repel mosquitoes but it just might work on these so it's worth trying. I'm not exactly sure how it works BUT I'll try anything to get back outdoors again. It is really awful this year and I can't go out for more than five minutes before becoming this bug's breakfast.
by Val
on July 9, 2014 at 4:34 AM
I am so relieved to find this blog. These no see ems here in Michigan are destroying my summer. I am afraid to work in my gardens or spend any time out doors. They are such sneaky tiny little bugs that you don't see them. No point repeating all the things other have posted as my problem is the same. I thought I was rid of them and spent last night itching again.
by Priscilla Chavez
on July 10, 2014 at 12:29 AM
Omg, I thought I was going insane. 8 people in my house and me and my newborn are the only ones getting bit. Me more, I'm constantly scratching, all over my body. This past week has been awful! Ugh! Everyday it gets worse. My newborn, only 10 days old, was getting them here and there but I didn't see a fly. Now I know. I do recall walking threw a grassy area but didn't think anything of it. Now my whole body is filled with bump-like bites and I'm still feeling like I'm getting bit as I write this.
by toodumb
on July 14, 2014 at 9:20 PM
I was confined on the hospital before due to dengue; the experience was really hideous. I was on the critical stage and my mom was crying each day, too worried for me and for the bills but lucky enough that I surpassed all the stages and remain alive. Mosquitoes are really dangerous and everybody should maintain their homes clean. Using mosquito repellent is also helpful to avoid mosquito bites.
by Peg Young
on July 18, 2014 at 10:21 AM
I am praising Yahway.... a lady in Alberquerque told me that she had used "banna skins - the white side" to rub on her bites, and it really helped me. I used it, and rubbed my bites until the skin of the banana was black from use, and it really helped. I had been in the Virgin Islands during July. It was a rainy season - and on the beach, which is the worse scenario for bug bites (unfortunately we found out now after the fact with multiple, multiple bites to contend with...we did not check for information before we went.) Bless you and I hope this helps you.
by Stan
on July 21, 2014 at 12:25 PM
I have tried dabbing my skin with lime juice as a preventative  
from noseeum bites. At times I think it works. Try it. Nothing to lose if it doesn't work.
by Miranda
on July 26, 2014 at 4:45 PM
Get swamp gator spray. It really works well to keep them away in southern Alabama! I got some at Home Depot
by Teri McGreevy
on July 26, 2014 at 10:16 PM
Kathy!I hope someone came to your rescue.
by Charles Toned
on July 29, 2014 at 9:11 PM
The chiggers were crazy in Nashville. No-see-ums, too. The crazy thing is you can't see them.
by Joy
on July 31, 2014 at 4:06 PM
Getting eaten up at our new place in Oakhurst, near Yosemite. What I want to know, and have not read, is ... how to eradicate them from the yard?! Someone mentioned swamp gator spray. I've read elsewhere that planting lemon grass drives them away. All suggestions welcome!
by Juanita
on August 2, 2014 at 2:06 AM
I moved to San Antonio, Texas last year from Portland, Oregon. I lived awhile in Little Rock, and became acquainted with chiggers. We don't have noseeums in Portland, but they're eating me alive here. These are my discoveries:  
For chiggers---wipe your skin with dryer sheets, then wrap them around your ankles when you go where they are really bad. Chiggers don't seem to like dryer sheets.  
For noseeum bites---take a straight pin and insert it in the top layer of skin above the bite, making a couple small holes in the skin. It sounds painful but as long as you stay close to the upper layers of skin it doesn't hurt.  
Next, flood the spot with hydrogen peroxide. Do this a couple times. If the bite is really bad, follow with rubbing alcohol. This works for me every time, stopping the itching and making the bites go away in two or three days.  
To keep noseeums out of the lawn, I haven't tried this for these, but it works pretty well for mosquitoes---1 cup lemon ammonia mixed with 1 cup lemon dish soap and put in a spritzer and spritzed around the yard every 2-3 weeks.  
I hope this helps someone. I might try some of the other suggestions, too. Doesn't hurt to have more than one gun in the holster---so to speak---when fighting these little devils.
by Alan
on August 6, 2014 at 6:25 PM
I was going crazy, washing my clothes 3 times a day and showering 2 or three times a day, too, and then I figured out something that worked very well for me. I read some place one of the ways to kill them is a very high heated room. That not being very practical, I thought of using a hair dryer on high, focusing on the areas that I thought I felt them and where I itched and all. It WORKED! I just held the hair drying in one spot as long as I could stand it moving around to different parts of my body and goodbye itching!
by Lauren
on August 9, 2014 at 6:53 PM
I have these bites and knew they didn't look like mosquito bites and a cousin told me they were no-see-ums bites. I had never heard of them but I Googled it and the bites are the same and itch like crazy. If you hear of any type of deterrent or poison, etc., for them please let me know. I'm in northeast Alabama.
by bobby Jackson
on August 13, 2014 at 9:01 PM
product called Buggins works great
by wanda
on August 18, 2014 at 10:18 AM
I have no-see-ums all over my body and in the house. They even get into my hair.
by Cedric
on August 22, 2014 at 2:41 PM
I live in southern Arizona, and for several years have been plagued by these critters. This year not so much, but the bites I have gotten I've tried heat treating with a blow dryer. Here's an article on this.  
I was very skeptical, but oddly enough this really seems to work. Friends that have tried it agree. There are even some commercial gadgets for this:  
I'd be curious if anyone else has tried heat treating these bites and whether it worked. Wish I'd known about it a couple of years ago when they were driving me absolutely nuts.
by Michele
on August 22, 2014 at 2:56 PM
I am so happy to have found this blog because now I have proof that these things exist. Everyone insists that the bites are coming from bed bugs and we have torn apart my friend's house and have not found ANY evidence of bed bugs she does however live next to a canal, a golf course and the property she lives on is a huge townhouse community and they have puddles of water in the grass areas from over watering and with the heat it is the perfect place for these miserable little jerks. I am so tired of them and, of course, it is only me who gets bit. A couple of her roommates have been bit but not like I have; I have them all over me. As far as controlling the itch, Hot Hot showers and the generic spray benedryl. I am going to get her some of those traps mentioned above and the oils also mentioned. Oh, and that suit. So, thank you everyone for posting and if I find anything that hasn't been mentioned here I'll get back here and let you know, seeing as how the rest of the world won't even acknowledge these pests. Thanks again
by Jessica Bunny
on August 24, 2014 at 11:36 PM
Hi, everyone. First off, I'm sorry for all your troubles with these bugs! Bugs bite people more who have acid blood--you could say sweet blood. Sugar turns into acid. Also some people mentioned purple red welts. Those may be chiggers, not no see ums. Chiggers bite and generally don't leave a raised bump like a mosquito. Google it to make sure. I find cleaning them with alcohol afterward helps with the itching and then applying hydrocortisone cream. Or, there is this other product I use for my rash and I tried it. It has tea tree oil and emu oil. It is called "emu aid." I use the stronger medicated one. Try Googling it. Sorry I don't have the exact website. :)
by courtney
on August 25, 2014 at 10:55 AM
I just got home from camping on the lake and I have at least 156 bites and welts all over.
by Debbie
on August 25, 2014 at 5:52 PM
ANSWER FOR ITCH: Use deodorant like Secret roll-on. The waxy kind, not liquid, on bite right after you're bitten and itch immediately goes away and it does not swell either. This has been "My Blessing" after being bitten and driven crazy. God bless to all.
by Robb M
on August 26, 2014 at 4:54 AM
I, too, have been dealing ALL SUMMER with bites like crazy, not even able to go outside (which has put my landscape revamping on an insane HALT. This year we have the tall fescue grass (not desert landscaping, oh, why, oh, why?). I was treated for everything, referred to a dermatologist who even took skin scrapes and to no avail. Went on vacation for a week to San Diego and nearly cleared up. Came back and full force again. The docs thought maybe scabies (gross right?). Nope, not even that. After research beyond research, I landed here. I have been using neem oil and tea tree oil on my skin and a little in a bath or as recommended by my dermatologist, a fourth cup of bleach in cool bath water to soak for about 20 minutes (he says it's the same as a chlorinated pool) That has helped a lot! Beyond that, the neem oil with a mix of water and a tad light detergent emulsifying the neem as a spray in the yard will begin to clear them out as it is natural. I go back to the doc today. I am going to check up on the thought of no-see-ums. If that's not it, I'm setting fire to the lawn. LOL. Hope this helps!
by Sandra
on August 27, 2014 at 9:56 PM
OMG...I live in California. No-see-ums terrible infestation in my hair, face, apt & body. Tried EVERYTHING to get rid of them. Hot soapy bath water, 2-3 showers per day with tea tree oil applied in bath water & afterwards, sulfur soap, alcohol, a bit of bleach in bath water, washing covers in hot water, bagged all closet clothes, wear gloves when handling things, bleach down counters, tub, toilets. Bad burrows in hands, palm, fingertips & heels, bites, bites, bites & they sting & sometimes emit an electrical charge. Feels like they're hanging on stuck in my back, elbows. Shaking, spinning, popping, crunching sounds. Terrible! Doctors don't help & look at me like I am crazy (except 2) who gave me antibiotics (worthless).
by Elizabeth Brighton
on August 29, 2014 at 8:21 AM
Thank you for all your blogs and for the ultimate remedy to my insane bites.  
I pricked each bite with a pin and dabbed the opening with white vinegar. Ahhhhhhhhh! Yes I repeated the process on a few of the bites but generally, it was immediate relief and do I mean relief!  
I had my first bout with no see ums in the Bahamas years ago and brought them home in my suitcase, too. Wish I knew then what I know now. Again, thank you.
by Hollie
on September 5, 2014 at 2:16 AM
I have bites like crazy. Started the day I moved into new apt. I haven't gone onto any grass, but this complex is heavily landscaped, very lush. I had noticed that my car was covered with I thought these were ant bites...until I didn't go near my car for 4 days, and noticed new bites. So then I thought they were fleas (no pets), but still had apt and patio sprayed by professional. It was driving me crazy, because my husband didn't get any bites! I wake up with usually 4 or 5 bites. So then I thought bed bugs were in carpet when we moved in. So I steamed bed mattress, clothing, pillows, bagged and washed ALL washable items, bleached floors, counters, washed all our shoes in washer, had carpet professionally steam cleaned, and had apt sprayed again! Funny thing is we found 3 large spiders (and killed), a few gnats, and a cockroach! This is a new and very expensive apt complex! (I know-doesn't mean can't have bugs)..but I could swear that my apt must be the cleanest one around! And yet, I remain a meal for some unknown bug! It's only me being bitten, not husband, not roommate. And yes, I am hypoglycemic, and do consume a lot of sugar (I'm addicted). So it sounds as if these no-see-ums are probably the culprit. So are they not visible to the naked eye? The 3 days that I used apple cider vinegar, tree tea oil, mixed with eucalyptus oil (dabbed this mixture on any exposed skin before bed)..and had a low sugar diet hose days, I was not bitten those nights. It's just a lot of work. For those of you who have apt infested, and can't find any culprit, maybe try this. However, it takes a lot of prep, and low sugar diet to keep these away; this is not cool. I want to drink soda! Why are these bugs limiting my diet?
by Michele Andrews
on September 9, 2014 at 1:23 AM
TEA is the key! Tea tree oil and tea bags work 100 percent--also get an antibiotic called Bactrim! It's sulfa-based and it kills it! I've had it so bad I got MRSA staph from chiggers or noseeums whatever they are!  
I cannot express enough, take your antiobiotic bactrim perfectly! Don't miss doses. Take it at the exact times! If you screw up it can make infection worse.  
Email me with any questions  
Have fun. This sucks so stay very clean!
by Chuck
on September 15, 2014 at 11:58 AM
If you spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer you should eat at least ingest a clove of garlic per week. This is a natural repellent and is suggested when fishing in Canada's lakes. Although they tell you to ingest one clove per day for a week before going there to go fishing. Also, they tell you NOT to eat fruits during that week as the fruits oils are emitted by your body attracting bugs. I live in coastal low country of South Carolina and the no-see-ums are horrendous here, especially in the late summer. I use a lidocaine anti-itch gel (clear green gel) to rid the itch when bitten. Repeated applications are necessary for a few days until the itch subsides.
by Jack Gould
on September 26, 2014 at 4:48 AM
We've been afflicted with these tiny insects, too! The nail polish sounds like a great idea. That's the same remedy for chiggers. "White Out" also works.
by Arlyne
on September 26, 2014 at 9:22 PM
I live in NYC. Due to the bed bug scare, I routinely spray a mixture of essential oils I found suggested in the internet: to 500 ml of (preferably) distilled water in a bottle spray, add: 10 ml alcohol, 20 drops each of tea tree oil, peppermint, and clove, and shake bottle. Use to spray your place, including sink, and bathroom drain where roaches, and other insects may enter. Spraying your place every night makes your place hostile to bugs. I stopped spraying when it started to get cold when insects I thought get less active. Then I felt bites from what I thought were mosquitoes. I generally see and hear mosquitoes when they are present. But this time, I did not see nor hear them. Then I suspected they are the tiny ones that are hardly seen. Then I saw one resting on a white sheet of paper towel, and I knew this was the culprit. Later on, I found out they are called no-see-ums. Now I am back to spraying and it seems to help. I read that bugs do not like essential oils. The thing to do then is to get some essential oils in your system so you do not become a meal to a bug. The way to do this is to rub any essential oil you like like lavender on the sole of your feet at bedtime, and apply it on your skin whenever you remember. With regular use, the essential oil gets absorbed by your body, and then becomes a part of you as it gets into your blood stream. When the bugs bite you, they ingest the essential oil which naturally repels them, so they avoid you afterwards. The bite then does not feel so bad as they will readily withdraw when they taste the essential oil, and you will not have as many as someone without essential oil in her/his body. When I resumed applying essential oil regularly on my feet, I noticed I got less and less bites. One time, I saw the bug crawling on my arm (their favorite part) like hesitating to bite, and of course, I was fast to whack it, making me feel triumphant I got one of them. I am almost certain the spray will eventually drive them away from your place. The thing is to make your place and especially YOURSELF hostile to any bug. Nature has created plants from where we derive essential oils to help us in many ways, one of which is to protect us from these pesky tiny no-see-ums.
by Lynn Pritchard
on October 2, 2014 at 7:25 PM
One of the things I have found that helps for welts or blistered bumps is get in a bath with baking soda and vinegar. It helps a lot. One of the other articles deodorant on them. And I tried it and it works because it dries and kind of acts like a skin barrier.
by Terri
on October 2, 2014 at 10:02 PM
I modified my daily management,  
As soon as I come in from the day I take a hot shower  
Then massage into any bites 100% tea tree oil, then found out from a friend whose horse was being bitten by these, her vet said to spray down the horse with 1/2 rubbing alcohol and 1/2 Johnson's baby oil, so I made some for me as a works, when I healed up, I forgot to use the spray everyday and got bit again.  
Now after massaging in tea tree oil, I spray myself with the repellent, then put pure baby cornstarch on the bites and they don't itch as bad and I can sleep, it also helps them to dry out  
I still drink the EmergenC and take garlic.  
Can we use this website to find something in common, why some get bit and some don't? Based on some other things I've read,  
I have type O blood,  
There has to be a connection to either nationality, diet or medical condition?  
One thing evident, 100% Australian Tea Tree, steamed distilled Essential Oil as a topical remedy is a common remedy that works, you can buy it in any store that sells vitamins. Do research, some brands are too expensive and it doesn't mean the quality is better.  
Wish everyone the best!
by Joan Ryan
on October 9, 2014 at 10:25 AM
I live in Florida and stayed outside in the evening picking persimmons from my tree. When I came inside, I had so many bites on me that I took a giant bottle of vinegar and poured it down my legs and arms. It stopped the itching quickly.
by Lloyd
on October 14, 2014 at 3:16 AM
Avon skin so soft repels the ones here on the east cost. Been using it for years.
by Joan Latimer
on October 15, 2014 at 9:28 AM
I was vacationing in Sedona, Arizona over twenty years ago when I was going crazy from No See Um bites. A pharmacist told me to take Clorox and mix with water and rub over my bites. It not only takes the itch away, but keeps them from biting. So what if you smell like Clorox?
by Rhonda S
on October 16, 2014 at 8:15 AM
I live near San Antonio, TX. Several years ago my mother and I were planting flowers in my yard. We were both wearing shorts. That night we were both covered with bites around the legs of our underwear. By the next morning the bites (with blisters) had spread to lower abdomen. We tried everything we could think of (clear nail polish, baking soda, all the bite creams, showering, and scrubbing). We finally found the Caladryl gel (clear) and applied it lavishly. It worked. My theory is that the gel smothers the critter better than the creams. The problem with the bugs in my yard continued. Even having yard sprayed didn't help. After several years of having this problem, I started taking packing tape and rolling it around my fingers (sticky side out). Then, as soon as I came in the house, I pat down my legs and arms. I took a microscope and checked each piece of tape. What I found was a microscopic black bug. It's body had 3 parts like an ant and it had wings. All of the descriptions of no see ums that I find online talk about bugs that can be clearly seen without microscopes, so how does "no see um" for a name apply? THESE THINGS ARE SMALLER THAN A PIN DOT! Since using the tape, I no longer get the bites. Hope this helps someone.
by Deany
on October 19, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Therapik rocks! It stops the itch from mosquitoes, no see ums and the pain from bee stings wasps hornets and lots of other insects that sting and bite. I never leave home without this little battery powered device that produces heat when applied stops the pain and itch. Love it and now I am not afraid to go outdoors anymore worrying about how to stop itching if I get bit. Best of all its FDA ok'd unlike so much other unproven stuff people try.
by Estelle
on October 22, 2014 at 5:39 PM
I live in Scottsdale AZ and up until these last few weeks have never had any issues. These barely seen gnats are biting like crazy. Been outside one hour and have over 10 bites. I finally went and put protective clothing on. Socks long pants etc. But it's still warm outside. These things are awful. Going to try citronella candle tomorrow. I just don't get why after 20 years of living here, they suddenly appear.
by Richard Payton
on October 24, 2014 at 2:49 PM
Hi, Great article. I believe I may have stumbled across an enzyme solution that kills No-See-Ums. I am not a scientist so i don't have access to any laboratories for testing. But would be happy to provide sample or direct you to the company that makes it.  
Also, I created a website for people with Autoimmune, Grover's Disease. We have no defense on the skin. My goal is to promote real information to help others at no charge. I do not sell products or anything. Just trying to give back. Hope to hear from you.  
sincerely, Richard Payton:
by Francis
on October 24, 2014 at 4:17 PM
I first got bed bug bites 5 years ago after visiting my mother. Since then, every year in the summer, I get these bites. They often are in a cluster and they itch like crazy. They last a long time.
by andre olfis
on November 25, 2014 at 8:02 AM
The no-see-ums (Leptoconops torrens) belong to the family Ceratopogonidae and are about 1/16-inch long. They are so tiny they could pass through window screens, but they don’t, Kimsey said. However, they can and do slip beneath loose clothing, unnoticed, to get a blood meal.
by pelphreygirl
on December 3, 2014 at 5:56 PM
Thank you, Jesus! So happy I found this blog. I have been reduced to tears so many times over the past four months. Just moved into my brand new built home last December and starting in August - traveling home to NC from OH, I was being bitten in my car. A few weeks later, I was being eaten alive inside my new home and I'm allergic to the little buggers - break out in hives almost daily! My kids think I'm crazy because they can't see them and aren't being bit. I sweep, wash everything in sight and take showers multiple times a day. Thanks for posting the solutions and Richard Payton - I want to know about this enzyme that kills them.
by Jcm
on December 10, 2014 at 8:59 PM
I live in North Carolina and it is the winter. Sunday morning when I woke up I had no bumps. Red itching on me. Then Sunday night I went to bed, then wake up Monday morning with little red itchy bumps on my legs and two on my arm....  
Help me what medicine can I buy from the store and what is it?
by Dave Brown
on January 4, 2015 at 1:52 PM
As another poster commented Swamp Gator is an effective repellent. Bought mine at Wal-Mart. Also, for those whose homes are infected, buy mothballs, and leave them in small dishes in every room some in multiple locations and you'll notice a big decrease in their presence. Unfortunately, you have to deal with the odor as well, but I prefer that to god-forsaken No-See-Ums. Lastly, get rid of any soil-based plants in your home as this is their refuge. Florida Boy
by Dave Brown
on January 4, 2015 at 1:57 PM
As another poster commented Swamp Gator is an effective repellent. Bought mine at Wal-Mart. Also, for those whose homes are infected, buy mothballs, and leave them in small dishes in every room some in multiple locations and you'll notice a big decrease in their presence. Unfortunately, you have to deal with the odor as well, but I prefer that to god-forsaken No-See-Ums. Lastly, get rid of any soil-based plants in your home as this is their refuge. Florida Boy
by Bahama Mamma
on January 7, 2015 at 1:10 AM
This blog is so helpful! Thanks to all of your great advice! Like many of you, I seem to be the main attraction for these bugs. My friends and family don't get bite like I do. I'm wondering if anyone knows of things you can take to deter these guys? Someone said to try Vitamin B injections, and I'll definitely avoid eating fruit and sugar. Is there anything else diet-related?  
Thanks again!
by Jalina Smith
on January 10, 2015 at 2:00 PM
UGH I've had these things for over a year now; they're terrible. This whole time I thought I was crazy, I thought it was my nerves. I can see why they were attracted to me I ate A LOT of sugar, causing me to get diabetes. These things have caused me so many mental breakdowns. I'm gonna get the Swamp Gator sprays and moth balls. and I WILL UPDATE. I swear I will.
by Laurie Mclean
on January 31, 2015 at 8:48 AM
The first year I moved to Florida from California, I obviously was bitten from the no seems all over my legs. The bites were so bad a multitude of them my brother said I looked like a human pincushion. I knew nothing about treating them but I have noticed scarring from these bites on my legs. Just curious to know if anyone has seen scarring from these pests?
by Ken
on February 10, 2015 at 9:45 PM
I went to Cuba and I have been in Canada for 5 days now and these bites itch like crazy still. Any idea how long these bites can last? It's like I get attacked by our mosquitoes over and over daily. Very uncomfortable especially when it is winter and all.
by Bed bug Austin
on February 18, 2015 at 11:39 PM
Thanks for sharing a useful information for me.
by alan devincentis
on February 23, 2015 at 7:42 AM
Found this works for the bites, and it is crazy. We have our hot water heater set very high, due to its small size. The water is 140 degrees. I take a washcloth, and wet just a very small spot and hold it on the bite for as long as you can stand it. Makes the itching stop immediately and it doesn't come back. Now I am going to spray a 25 percent solution of Dawn and water under our decks and porches. Heard this from a local guy. They generally are incapable of traveling very far at all. So if you have them, they are local. He said Dawn will kill/repel them. Got to try that. My wife and I get eaten alive the last couple years. Live on an island in the middle of the intercoastal. First two years here never got bitten.
by Josie
on March 11, 2015 at 1:50 AM
I use lavender, citronella, eucalyptus, and dorado azul (hyptis suaveolens) to make a bug spray! I hate no see ums...anything tiny and a bug!
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