Tom’s Tips About No See-ums

By Tom Neale, 4/17/2007

1. Some call them “sand gnats,” some call them “sand flies,” many call them other things I can’t say here.

2. Whatever you call them, No See-ums will fly right through your screens and drive you nuts.

3. They fly out of marshes, but the worst experiences we’ve had with them is with mangroves. They thrive in mangrove swamps.

4. They come mostly just before sunset and just after sunrise, although if the day is calm enough you can get them anytime.

5. They seldom come out on really windy days, unless you’re actually walking in the swamp.

6. The farther offshore you anchor, the less likely you’ll be to have them.

7. If you’re in a marina and they come, close up tightly and turn on your air conditioning. Even if you don’t have air conditioning you’re better off closed up. Run a large fan. It’ll help to keep you cool and no-seeums don’t do well in wind.

8. Buy no-seeum netting. The holes are very small to keep them out—so small they let little air through. So don’t permanently mount the screens, keep them stored to drape over portholes and hatches when you’re under attack.

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