We've encountered no-see-ums (no see ums/no see ems
) pretty much everywhere up and down through the Caribbean
chain over the last few years of our live aboard travels
, and of course in Florida
, they (and their bigger brother, the mozzie) are pretty ubiquitous.
For the first few months it seemed like we were
in our attempts to keep them away. Worst occasion was pulling into Rum
Cay a couple of years ago having just transited up from Mayaguana. Literally, within 2 seconds of hitting the pontoon to tie up I noticed my bare arms and legs had turned a deep shade of no see um black; I was covered with them
. We were vacuuming them out of various nooks and crannies in the boat for weeks afterwards, anyone been there?
Anyway, digressed a bit there.....
Over the next few months we got serious about trying out various products, all worked to varying degrees, all had varying ingredients some good some bad some, well mainly water! Then we found these babies: The Solid Bar Company Bug Bars
. Produced in the Virgin Islands
by ex-sailors so they have good green ocean friendly ethic, so chemical-free, biodegradable, recyclable blah blah blah.......but the main things is they worked for us AND the kids
and stuck with them ever since, so just saying and recommending.
Fair winds (and no bites to all)