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Old 03-07-2001, 07:31 AM   #1
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No-See-Um Season is approaching

Those who are headed to Hilton Head Island or Vero Beach will soon become aware of the problem of little bugs called "No-See-Ums". These are not just gnats, they bite like crazy.

I've added some info to my website under the "Weather and Bugs" area to give you more info. Also I'm sure fellow posters will share their own secrets of how to combat these tiny insects.

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Old 03-07-2001, 07:49 AM   #2
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All I can say is "OUCH"!! Those little buggers sure can bite! My first trip to VB I was unaware of them but on subsequent and future trips the first thing I pack is the bug spray!!

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Old 03-07-2001, 08:26 AM   #3
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no-see-ums

when is the season for the no-see-ums to appear at vb and hh. hopefully I'm not there then.
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Old 03-07-2001, 08:40 AM   #4
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HHI Season

I know they were out in March 2 years ago and in October the same year. Maybe some locals can give us the seasons for each resort.

I copied this from a website:

"Sand gnats can't tolerate the summer heat or winter cold,'' said Cliff McGowan of the Glynn County Mosquito Control Department. ``But they become a nuisance for about six weeks during the spring and fall."




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Old 03-07-2001, 08:47 AM   #5
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Tommy, Thanks for the 'heads up', I'll be doing VB for the 1st time in mid Aug. What is an effective repellent for these pesky little meat eaters?

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Old 03-07-2001, 11:00 AM   #6
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Are they also on the west coast beaches???

We will be on west coast after our OKW stay for 3 days at the end of March. Does anyone know if they are everywhere or just at the beaches?
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Old 03-07-2001, 11:49 AM   #7
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I thought that around the DVC resort there was a small genetic variation on the little bugger.

This is the picture that I found...



I guess that this anomaly has something to do with the pool water. I could me mistaken though.

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Old 03-07-2001, 12:05 PM   #8
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Looks like we just found another Hidden Mickey. I will make sure we bring the Skin So Soft.
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Old 03-07-2001, 04:55 PM   #9
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Does skin so soft repell them? Or do you need some deep woods off. It would be great if the natural bug repellants worked so you could avoid the potentially toxic bug chemicals.

Any experience to share?
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Old 03-07-2001, 06:25 PM   #10
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After a trip to HH and two to Vero, suffering the no see ums all along, I finally found a waitress who shared her secret. Our last day in Vero, she told us that the Bug spray worked on the moisquitos and the Skin So Soft worked on the noseeums... Thanks! I can testify that the bug spray, Off and Cutter, didn't work for us with the noseeums. Now, I haven't had the chance to try out her theory, but I thought I should share it. Those noseeums are tough little bugs. The ate my daughter and I up. They are much like fleabites.They go through clothes also. We had bites in very well covered places.. Very small and itchy.. I had more than 40 on my legs alone. Be prepared!! Use both !!
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Old 03-07-2001, 07:31 PM   #11
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VB next week

Thanks for the info.I'll take the Skin So Soft with us to VB next week. I hope it works. I'll let you know when I get back.
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Old 03-08-2001, 04:20 AM   #12
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We have been visiting HH for 20 years now. The no see ums can really bite. I swell up something awful...untill Skin So Soft. No kidding this really works for me. So now every time we are out I have my SSS spray with me. Smells alittle but well worth it.
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Old 03-08-2001, 06:24 AM   #13
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I'll take the Disney "Love Bugs" Instead!

The season for the so-called love bugs in Florida is coming too. They peak in April and September but can be found all summer long. Last year we were down in September and they were really gross. They don't bite or anything, they just fly around in conjoined pairs (perverted). They especially like the water, so it's not unusual (at all) to have them land on you while you're laying by the pool.

Maybe the drought in Florida will help keep their numbers down this year, we'll see!

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Old 03-08-2001, 05:45 PM   #14
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Skin So soft bug spray???

I just called my Avon lady and she brought me SSS bug spray. Is that what everyone is talking about? She also brought me the SSS suntan lotion with bug repellant and SSS body lotion and soap. I think I'll be ready for the bugs!!!!
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Old 03-09-2001, 12:33 AM   #15
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Yikes...

We're headed to VB in mid-April. I'm glad I found this post to know about the bugs. My daughter swells up easily when bit by bugs. I can't imagine what would have happened if I hadn't found out about getting Skin-So-Soft before our trip. It's her golden birthday trip during her school's spring break and it could have blown the fun.

How bad are they really?

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