Toms Tips About Mangroves and No-see-ums
By Tom Neale, 3/4/2010
1. No-see-ums thrive in mangrove. They are tiny gnats that are ferocious in their desire to bite you and make you itch.
2. If you are near mangrove and there is little or no wind, or if you anchor downwind from mangrove, you are likely to be attacked by these bugs.
3. They are the worst in the evening time, but can bother you anytime. Often they’ll fill up the boat, do their best on you, settle down so that you think they’re gone, and start flying again the next day to make you miserable, even though you’ve moved far away from the swamp.
4. The best protection on a boat is no-see-um netting. Drape it over hatches, ports and other openings. Don’t attach it permanently because its holes are so little (to keep out the tiny bugs) that wind can’t blow through and it’s very hot inside when you put them up.
5. If you’re on the beach, good bug spray will help, except when they fly up your nose.
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