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We''re Great Lakes sailors whom are preparing for the Great Loop and then beyond...One of our decisions involves the cockpit and the necessitly of full enclosure. We''re trying tolearn more about the noseums and the problems they may pose to us. When are they most bothersome? What parts of the country? What seasons? Do they only tend to be annoying dusk till dawn? Any particular method to combat?
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Noseeums are supposed to be worse at dusk. But we have not seen them respect the time of day. They are all "teeth". A decent breeze keeps them away.
On a full enclosure--if you get the very fine screen that keeps noseeums out, it restricts the breeze in lighter air. Big time tradeoff. We just finished building a complete bimini enclosure and used standard screening. Deet does the rest.
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This may not be the most healthy way to go, since DEET is not supposed to be applied to the face, but I get an oil-based 99% DEET product and apply it at least once a day. I also season the clothes with it. One thing: don''t apply it after you shower since it burns badly for a while when it gets into the open pores.

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DEET does not stop noseeums, but the oil will. They get stuck in the oil and cannot bite. That''s why Avon''s Skin-So-Soft works so well for noseeums. It''s healthier than DEET, but mosquitos, etc. don''t care about the oil, and you have to be well greased for it to really work. Noseeums are a problem when the light and wind are low, like other biters. In areas that are mangrove/swamp like, you will have big problems. Stay away from those anchorages if possible.
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