The name no see ums may sound odd and peculiar to many, but most of them reading this may actually be familiar with these smaller-than-fleas insects that can cause quite an itchy bite. You may not notice them immediately but you definitely end up feeling their bite if they are around. They are known by many different names, such as biting midges, midgies, punkies and sandflies.
Their bites cause extreme itchiness and moderate pain, and the fact that it is often impossible to spot them makes it harder to prevent them from biting. Thus, the only effective solution is to keep them away in the first place and ensure that they do not even get close enough to bite. This can be achieved by using any of the following top 3 best no-see-um repellents that work.
1. Repel 100 Insect Repellent – Pump Spray
The Repel 100 insect repellent can prove to be particularly useful during backyard barbecues, camping trips, hikes and summer ball games. The company behind this insect repellent specifically developed a high-strength formula for it. Another reason it is listed third here is because it contains DEET, but it also happens to be the most effective in conditions where the insect issues are rather severe.
This insect repellent comes in the form of a 4 ounce pump. Up to 10 hours of protection from no see ums and other insects can be obtained with the mere application of merely one or two drops of Repel 100. This is specifically an outdoor insect repellent, which is the reason it comes in a travel-sized spray bottle that can be conveniently carried around everywhere. Thanks to its compact size, it can be stored nearly anywhere and applied whenever necessary.
The cap on the bottle ensures that the insect repellent does not spill out during storage when it is not being used. Along with noseeums, Repel 100 is also capable of repelling mosquitoes that are capable of spreading Chikungunya, Dengue, West Nile and Zika viruses.
The active ingredient of this particular insect repellent is indeed DEET and it contains 98.11% of it, but that is the reason it is so very effective. For this very reason, no more than one or two drops should be applied when spending time outdoors for less than 10 hours because they amount will be more than enough to receive adequate protection for that duration. Of course, it is best if it is applied in a non-enclosed area and it should not be applied on the face. However, it can be sprayed on the hands and then sparingly applied to face and ears, with care.
2. Avon SKIN SO SOFT BUG GUARD Plus PICARIDIN Aerosol Spray
The SKIN SO SOFT BUG GUARD Plus from Avon is a dependable and strong aerosol insect repellent spray. This spray is capable of repelling not only no see ums, but other insects as well, such as biting midges, deer ticks, gnats and mosquitoes. This aerosol spray insect repellent comes in 4 ounce cans.
Many readers are probably wondering Picaridin is. It is actually the active ingredient in this insect repellent and happens to be a safer alternative to DEET (N, N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide). SKIN SO SOFT BUG GUARD Plus contains 10% of Picaridin as its active ingredient. As a result, the spray will feel clean and light once applied to the skin, while it will have a mild, barely noticeable odor. Even the 90% of the other ingredients that this insect repellent contains are entirely natural.
This aerosol spray insect repellent has several other benefits as well. As mentioned, it can repel with a wide range of biting insects, which also include the mosquitoes that can spread the West Nile Virus and deer ticks that can spread Lyme Disease. Of course, it free of DEET as well as any other poisonous and toxic chemicals. This aerosol spray also does not contain any oil and has even been tested by a dermatologist. However, after spending time outdoors with this spray applied, it should be washed off upon returning indoors.
For those wondering how this spray should be applied. The container should be held at least 6 inches away from the skin before spraying even and liberal amounts of this repellent. Preferably, it should be applied in a space that is not enclosed and should not be applied on the face. It should also not be applied on cuts or wounds, or on skin that is excessively sunburned, freshly shaved and/or irritated. It is also not meant to be applied on the skin of children younger than 6 months.
3. NO NO-SEE-UM – All Natural No Deet Insect Repellent Spray
This insect repellent spray is called NO NO-SEE-UM because the company behind it specifically formulated it to repel annoying sand flies, which are also referred to as no see ums. However, this spray has also proven capable of effectively repelling insects like biting gnats, black flies, mosquitoes and ticks. NO NO-SEE-UM is manufactured from the United States and is made in Southwest Florida.
Typically, the most insect repellents contain the active ingredient DEET (N, N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide), which is hazardous to human health. However, NO NO-SEE-UM is a completely all-natural insect repellent that contains no DEET. It merely contains specific, pure grade essential oils that come from plants and have been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Even vegans can use this insect repellent spray.
Apart from DEET, NO NO-SEE-UM also does not contain any other chemicals that may end up being harmful to bees, the environment, and/or human beings. Furthermore, it does not have a bad or irritating scent that would even repel humans, rather it is smells quite botanical. The only ones that will be hating this spray is the noseeums and other insects.
To ensure that every bottle of NO NO-SEE-UM offers the utmost quality, the company mixes this insect repellent in small batches. This spray contains 3% of citronella, 1% of geranium rose and 3% of lemongrass, all of which are in the form of essential oils. The rest of the 92% is just Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water. Thus, none of the ingredients are toxic and this repellent can even be applied on children.
Along with the skin, NO NO-SEE-UM can even be applied to clothing too. The bottle should be shaken well before it is applied, in order to ensure best results. Once applied generously, this insect repellent is capable of providing protection against the insects mentioned for up to 4 hours.