No-see-ems

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No-see-ems are perhaps the most annoying pest. And 2017 is a banner year in the coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia. But what’s a no-see-em and how can you avoid them?
No-see-ems are a really small pest also known as sand fleas, sand gnats, midges, punkies or other four letter words not fit to print. They are not invisible, but certainly small enough that you don’t know they are there until you feel their unmistakable bite. If you see them in sunlight, they look like mist or dust flying in the air. But make no mistake, these lightweight, tiny particles floating about you are there for only 1 reason – to bite you with razor sharp teeth and suck your blood. This is sometimes the pluff mud at the edge of the marsh, in irrigated yards, and there is a special fondness for athletic fields and golf courses. If you’re a football player, you know precisely what these blood suckers are!
This coastal area of the world is a joy until the glorious days of Fall and Spring when around dusk, you’re repeatedly obscured by the nearly invisible bugs known as flying teeth. To the locals, the only real name is No-see-ems.
These annoying pests are magnetized to your carbon dioxide as you exhale. They’re also drawn in if you perspire. Their favorite place is the hair as they float towards your scalp and begin to feast. Bites of no-see-ems are like tiny, sharp bites like being pricked with a needle. Then the bites immediately begin to itch. Just a few moments outdoors for some can create dozens of bites. And in case you have an allergic reaction, may God help you. And the worst part is that in case you want to be outdoors, so do they. Beautiful days with sunny, mild temperatures which beckon us outdoors means these monsters will be lurking. Create a personal bubble of protection using a safe, natural product known to control no-see-ems. You can spray yourself, you can infuse your clothes, and you can also create large areas without no-see-ems by placing the product through your irrigation system!
Take back the beautiful days of Fall and Spring and control no-see-ems!
Louise Hodges is the proprietor of Greenbug that provides pest control products using cedar as the active ingredient. Greenbug offers alternatives to synthetic chemical pesticides.
Greenbug products control pests you don’t want such as No-see-ems, Mosquitoes, Ants, Bed Bugs, Fleas, Ticks, Roaches, Mites, etc. but cause no harm whatsoever to valuable creatures.

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