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How to Cook Acorn Squash two ways! Instructions Place oven rack right below the middle position in your oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

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Wash peel of squash and cut squash in half from the stem to the bottom see note. Scrape out seeds and stringy bits - I use a grapefruit spoon for this! Prepare squash -- for savory, rub inside with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. For sweet, rub inside with melted butter and sprinkle with brown or coconut sugar. Place on prepared baking sheet. Place in preheated oven and roast for minutes or until very tender to the poke of a fork. Enjoy immediately or store covered in fridge for days.

Notes Note: Microwaving the whole squash for minutes and then letting cool can make slicing it in half easier. Note: Nutrition Information is for the savory version. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice. Stay Connected Never miss a recipe!

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Rachel Gurk — February 5, pm Reply. Jeff — February 10, pm Reply. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Subscribe via Email Never miss a recipe! Looking for something? Pickled Red Onions — Easy, Quick, 5 minutes hands on! But mainly tea tree oil applied when you are first bitten. It cools it and thus, the itchiness is very much lessened. May God bless you as you search for remedies. 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?

Well, I've tried Off spray can and pump to prevent the bites but no luck. The Caladryl Plus clear put on literally like lotion helps. 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. 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. Noseeums in he'll I'm ate up from head to toe! What attracts them? Why do they eat some people and not others. Can we simply change the makeup of the soil but still I'm the only one they bite at friends house in Marion nc.

Mandel on June 8, at PM. 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. I tried applying hydrocortizone cream but it didn't improve or feel better. Good luck and stay healthy! 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. 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? 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! 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. 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 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. 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. Angela chiggers are different and live under your skin My house is infested with these biting gnats. I'm throwing all my house plants away.

Any help out there? 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. From reading all the comments, it seems like they are all over the U. 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 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! 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.

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. The itch is so intense and not even hydrocortisone cream can stop it. 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.

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. Also ice in the middle of the nite! 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. 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. 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. Omg, I thought I was going insane. Me more, I'm constantly scratching, all over my body.

This past week has been awful! 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. 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. I am praising Yahway 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 Bless you and I hope this helps you. At times I think it works. Try it. Nothing to lose if it doesn't work. Get swamp gator spray. It really works well to keep them away in southern Alabama! I got some at Home Depot. The chiggers were crazy in Nashville. No-see-ums, too. The crazy thing is you can't see them.

Getting eaten up at our new place in Oakhurst, near Yosemite. What I want to know, and have not read, is Someone mentioned swamp gator spray. I've read elsewhere that planting lemon grass drives them away. All suggestions welcome! 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. Chiggers don't seem to like dryer sheets. For noseeum bitestake 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 cup lemon ammonia mixed with 1 cup lemon dish soap and put in a spritzer and spritzed around the yard every 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 holsterso to speakwhen fighting these little devils. 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. 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!

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. I'm in northeast Alabama. I have no-see-ums all over my body and in the house. They even get into my hair. 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. Friends that have tried it agree. Wish I'd known about it a couple of years ago when they were driving me absolutely nuts. 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. 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. Try Googling it. Sorry I don't have the exact website. I just got home from camping on the lake and I have at least bites and welts all over. 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. 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. Hope this helps! I live in California. Feels like they're hanging on stuck in my back, elbows. Shaking, spinning, popping, crunching sounds. 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.

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.

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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 ants.. 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.. 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..

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? TEA is the key! Tea tree oil and tea bags work percent--also get an antibiotic called Bactrim!

It's sulfa-based and it kills it! 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 sheli aol. This sucks so stay very clean! 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.

We've been afflicted with these tiny insects, too! The nail polish sounds like a great idea. That's the same remedy for chiggers. 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 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. 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. 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. 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. Can we use this website to find something in common, why some get bit and some don't? Do research, some brands are too expensive and it doesn't mean the quality is better. Wish everyone the best! 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. Avon skin so soft repels the ones here on the east cost. Been using it for years. 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?

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.


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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? Since using the tape, I no longer get the bites. Hope this helps someone. 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. 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. 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. 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. Thank you, Jesus! So happy I found this blog.

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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. 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?

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. 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! 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.

These things have caused me so many mental breakdowns. I'm gonna get the Swamp Gator sprays and moth balls. I swear I will. 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? 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. 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 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. 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. I use lavender, citronella, eucalyptus, and dorado azul hyptis suaveolens to make a bug spray! I hate no see ums I am like Ken--I got bitten in Cuba and now they seem to spread even though I am back home, but don't see anything where it could come from.

Am on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for a month. Got bitten two nights ago out cooking a steak. Two days later they are itching like crazy. Bought some Cortizone to help with the itching. Learned my lesson. If I want a steak, it's going to be for lunch NOT dinner! I found putting Witch Hazel in a spray bottle and spraying bites and letting it dry on the bites helps the itch.

Then after it drys rub Arnicare gel on bites. It works! So happy to have found this site Noseeums are driving me crazy I believe they bother my nervous system.. I live in Florida and feel like moving I live in the islands and I have tried everything stop these things from biting me and finally coconut oil!

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I couldn't go anywhere after the sun went down, but now I can. Meat tenderizer, nasty to cook with, Yecch. I don't keep it in the kitchen. I keep some in my medicine cabinet and some with my garden stuff. A touch of water in your palm and make a paste with it. Apply directly to itchy bites. Relax for a few moments. When I do this the itch stops. And even with bites from these nasty little buggers, the itch does not return. Our apartment building was being inspected and sprayed where needed.

They sprayed for it, as a kind of bug they thought came from the tree outside the bedroom window. Today they were here again. They saw the welts and red circles and deeply bumpy messed-up arms, and my legs are the same. Yesterday I went nutty with itching which probably made them worse. I was I using pink calomine to no avail. They did not find any bugs this time. I told them that someone today had mentioned no see ums.

I did a Google about my bites and it brought me to this blog. I had twitched and scratched so much I had opened up the skin so I tried white vinegar like someone on this blog suggested. I am comfortable right now so I will continue to use it as needed. I only get bit while in bed so I may sleep in recliner for awhile. Thanks for all the helpful suggestions to all of you. A few sprinkles on me and my sheets might do the trick. The idea that heat works is the right thing to do for no-see-ums and all kinds of other things that bite an sting you. I read an article about an FDA-approved device that runs on a 9V battery and creates just the right amount of heat to stop the itch and pain from these nasty critters.

I bought a Therapik from their web site and have become a true believer. Works like a charm in 30 seconds or less of application. I tried all kinds of home remedies but nothing worked and now I have my fight the bite weapon of choice. Seems like our government FDA got this one right!

Lots of great reviews can be found about Therapik which I read too before purchasing this inexpensive device. You, too, will become a believer with its first use. I love the outdoors again! We have been bitten by these bugs everytime we go out in the yard. Reading all the blogs it appears there is an epidemic going around the country. This should be brought notice to the Health and Human Services Department of the federal government as this is no longer a local issue and these bugs apparently are multiplying quantum.

Needs to be eliminated. We do not have them in the house but the moment we go out into the lawn we are bugged in Florida. We love to camp and fish in Florida and have done so for close to 30 years. Where we go the noseeums are relentless. Recently, I read a blog where a family spent 2 months in the Florida swamps. The locals said to use juniper berry lotion; the family said it worked. It worked!

But I make sure to spray every inch of my exposed body and reapply often. Hope this helps some of you. I wonder if your readers could help me. I am part of a marketing team for a company called Simply Soothing. As far as we know it is very effective against them, but I would like to hear more reports about the effectiveness level. I think I could probably set up some product trials to send to a few people for free, even. Would there be any takers? Email me at ethan bigimprint. The product is at www. I live in Dallas, Texas and have suffered from the bites of these bugs for years now.

They always appear in April and May, probably because our climate is warmer earlier than other parts of the country. I am disabled and rarely go outside so I disagree with the website that states that "no-see-ums can go through standard screens but do not. There is a special type of screen you can purchase that the bugs cannot go through. I plan on doing that. In the meantime I have to keep doors and windows closed even if the weather is nice. I too get bit at night in bed on my abdomen, upper arms on the inside, and upper inner thighs near panty line. They seem to like the soft thin skin.

I am anxious to try some of the remedies suggested!! Mosquitoes bite some people more than others. We don't really understand why, but a recent paper in PLOS One suggests that genes could play a role in the attraction. I have never written any comments on blogs of any kind until now. I'm posting because I empathize and feel compelled to share this with as many sufferers as possible.

I absolutely am astonished by this experience and have no doubt that others will find relief as I have. There is No Doubt whatsoever that these itching welts are identical from to my own. Now I've identified what has been causing my misery, I now know where to share my relief from the symptoms after such bites. Also, the raised, red welts almost disappeared over the next few hours. I'd like to mention it's possible they reduced and almost disappeared sooner than that, but I simply didn't pay much attention once the itching subsided. I've refrained from mentioning the specific essential oil company in this post simply to avoid anyone from discounting the information if they believe this is just an advertisement.

I do know that lavender oil is readily available to most people, but I can only attest to the pure product I used. I look forward to hearing if others do experience the same results I've ecstatically found for myself. In the meantime, I'll be submerged in my research to deter or prevent the tormenting bugs from biting me. This morning I awoke to find more bites, albeit so many fewer than in the last few days. I again applied a dab of lavender oil directly to each bite with a drop of lavender oil from my finger. You may wish to apply with a cotton ball or swap. I simply was in such a hurry to attempt at relief, I didn't slow down long enough to reach for those items.

I have once again had immediate relief from the intense itching. I must mention though, before waking completely, I scratched at a few. Those bites have needed a second application, but already improving as well. So I suggest, if there's any way possible, avoid stretching to achieve the best and most rapid results.

When I was a child I remember getting these no see ums on my legs. The itch was terrible. I remember a friend telling me to apply clear nail polish to the bites as soon as I'm bit and to any existing ones, and when I did this, cleared it right up. The reason is because this suffocates them. Good luck! When i was a child i remember getting these no see ums on my legs. I remember a friend telling me to apply clear nail polish to the bites as soon as I'm bit and to any existing ones, and when i did this cleared it right up.

First, I believe no see ums do come throuhh some screens if the screen mesh is wide enough. Newer screens provide a finer mesh option which keeps them out. The bugs seem to be attracted to light and will come through the screen, so if you have a light on in a room, you need to keep the windows and doors closed until you turn off the light. Secondly, the clear nail polish remedy is for chiggers. Chiggers burrow in I think, and thus can be suffocated. With no see ums you are getting a bite and they fly away, so there is nothing to suffocate. I don't want to get rid of the soil-based plants in the house so I may try putting moth balls around for a time to drive them away.

The other ideas I will try in the yard. But now I have to go. I have to put heat, ice, tea, lavender, vinegar, alcohol, calamine, benadryl, and cortizone on my bites!

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