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The shooter had such velocity that it knocks them on their little butts, killing them in most cases. But at times they are such tough buggers, they recover in a few seconds. I always pick them up immediately and toss them into the sea before they get another chance to bite.
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Tossing them into the sea won't do it. They can swim. I suggest stepping on them before tossing. (Yes, I really hate them.)
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In my experience, the green-head flies are nearly bulletproof... you have to destroy them to kill them... otherwise, all you'll do is stun them, and they come back with a vengeance.
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Re: Effective remedies for the no-see-ems

Reviving this thread with some things I've heard about:

Listerine. Makes sense, ingredients include: active ingredients listed on Listerine bottles are essential oils which are menthol 0.042%, thymol 0.064%, methyl salicylate 0.06%, and eucalyptol 0.092%.

I've incidentally found that lavender essential oil seems to do some good. I put it in coconut oil to knock the coconut smell, but I think it keeps the noseeums away

I don't know whether all mosquito coils are created equal, but I can say that the Japanese coil 'katori-senko,' brand pictured below, are excellent, if not cheap:


almost forgot: inside the cabin, we have found the OFF! fan to be effective - we clip it above our bunk

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Re: Effective remedies for the no-see-ems

I live in the no-see-um capital of the world. As it happens, they love me best of all. I use copious amounts of DEET based spray. It is the only thing that I have found effective.
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Re: Effective remedies for the no-see-ems

I'm a bit skittish about DEET. The Wikipedia article has some interesting stuff:

Article cites a study that suggests eucalyptol*, linalool, and THUJONE! as acting similarly to DEET. I knew there was a damn good reason to drink absinthe (contains thujone)


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Re: Effective remedies for the no-see-ems

We have no-see-ums up here in the FL panhandle as well. I generally use OFF I believe (orange/white bottle)...but a lot of the folks where we keep our boat swear by using Avon Skin So Soft.

We also use citronella candles if anchored and the wind is calm...amazing how many find there way into the melted wax...but better than our skin!
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Re: Effective remedies for the no-see-ems

I purchased the lawn tent replacement from Wallmart, cost about $30 at the time, works great but can be a PITA to put in place when it's windy. I hold it down with fishing sinkers.

For the screens I use a light application of Skin So Soft and they don't get remotely close to it. Same for my arms and face, but that stuff is a bit oily. My wife says I smell kinda girlie.

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Re: Effective remedies for the no-see-ems

Amazon.com : Cactus Juice 6 Oz eco spray : Insect Repellents : Sports & Outdoors Amazon.com : Cactus Juice 6 Oz eco spray : Insect Repellents : Sports & Outdoors


This is the best I have found for no see ums and green heads all natural. works well but need to reapply often
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Re: Effective remedies for the no-see-ems

40% DEET or lately I've had good luck with Lemon Eucalyptus which is a lot less noxious and maybe safer. I keep a good supply of fine mesh netting aboard and have it on all my hatch screens. It does not allow for as much ventilation as regular mosquito netting but does keep all the little critters out. When the greenheads are thick, the best thing to do is be aware and whack 'em. They're slow. Electronic fly swatters are fairly effective for normal houseflies and those little annoying, non-biting flies. Pants and long sleeves also work. I have some 100% DEET that works when mountain biking in high Black Fly season but it tends to melt any plastic you touch:-) Black Flies are the worst of the bunch, followed by Deer Flies. Blood sucking ^%&*_@$!
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