Florida's #1 Selling Natural Insect Repellent

Repels No-See-Ums, Mosquitoes, Black Flies & Biting Gnats!

You can't see 'um, but you sure can feel 'um. OUCH. No-see-ums can drive you crazy and ruin many outdoor activities. Finally, there's a product for no-see-um's that repels 'um.

No No-See-Um is an all natural, skin-safe and great smelling naturally insect repellent. It was specially formulated to repel noseeums, but also effectively repels mosquitoes, black flies, biting gnats and most other biting insects. Our all natural formula was tested on hundreds of people and is mixed in small batches so we can offer you the best quality noseeum and mosquito repellents available..

Now No No-See-Um is THE #1 selling natural insect repellent to combat these pesky little insects. If in doubt, try it out!

  • Repels noseeums, mosquitoes, biting gnats and most biting insects
  • DEET-free and non-toxic
  • 100% natural formula
  • Non-greasy and non-irritating
  • Safe to use on children
  • Works great on pets and horses
  • Smells great

Is it a noseeum, no-see-em or a no-see-um?

So how so you properly spell 'noseeum?' Are they only called a noseeums in Florida or does the bug has different names in different regions?

Good questions and we had to do some poking around ourselves and here is what we came up with.

Noseeums are part of the Ceratopogonidae family and are also referred to as biting midges or sandfly. According to Wikipedria, noseeums are in the family of biting midges. Other common names in the US and Canada include no-see-ums, punkies or sand fleas.  So yes, different regions may refer to the  no see um bug by a different name.  They are most commonly called no-see-ums or noseeums in Florida

So what is the proper spelling of noseeum? There really isn't a right or wrong way to spell it. All of the following are acceptable

  • no-see-um
  • no see um
  • no see em

Regardless of how you spell it, all no see um bugs are still blood sucking insects. And our no see um repellent will definitely make you outdoor events way more comfortable. 

No-See-Um Breeding Habits

The female No-See-Um will lay her eggs in a wide range of locations. Breeding ground for the female No-See-Ums to lay her eggs require a moist location. This is why they are more prevalent in rainy season. It can be small or large, freshwater or saltwater areas.

Breeding locations can include:

  • freshwater lakes and ponds
  • marsh lands and mangrove areas
  • wet sand along seashores
  • even moist soil and water retention area of house plants

side note: Since no-see-ums are small enough to fit through most window screening and therefore can enter your home The breeding habits of noseeums are similar to mosquites and require a moist environment to lay their eggs. Although it us unlikely, It is possible for them to lay their eggs in the retention dishes around potted plants.  They are not doing so in the carpet or furniture like fruit flies, fleas or bed bugs would. If you have bugs reproducing in these places, the no-see-um is not your bug.

A single female no-see-um can breed up to 7 times per year and lay more than 400 eggs at one time. YIKES!!!  With such as short lifespan,  the large populations of no-see-ums swarming around your region is no mystery. 

Gear Up For Camp

No No-See-Um was featured in the April 2012 Issue of Parent & Child Magazine. Southwest Florida moms love our all natural product that keeps the bugs away and their children safe from harmful chemicals.

Bug Spray Born On Sanibel In National Contest

By Jeff Lysiak, Island Sun - Sanibel Island, FL

For nearly two years, the war against no-see-ums, mosquitoes, midges, black flies and other biting insects is now being won by human populations following the invention of No No-See-Um, an all-natural, skin-safe bug repellent created by a pair of Sanibel residents.

But now, the popular and effective anti-insect spray is facing another battle, and the locally owned and operated company could use the assistance of some fellow islanders to claim another important victory.[break]

Beginning on March 7, No No-See-Um became one of more than 4,000 products to be entered into Get On The Shelf, an online contest sponsored by retail giant Walmart. The top three products – as selected by two rounds of voting (via Facebook and text messaging) – will become eligible to be distributed by the world’s leading retailer.

“We are a local product looking to go national,” said Caroline Semerjian, COO and co-founder of No No-See-Um. “There’s a huge need with a safe, effective product like this out there. It’s so frustrating when people call us up and ask where they can buy our spray where they live, and I have to tell them that – outside of Sanibel and Captiva and a few places in Florida – they can only get it online. Winning this contest would be a really big boost for us.”

Currently, the all-natural, DEET, PABA and paraben-free insect repellent is distributed at more than 60 locations on the islands as well as several retailers in Southwest Florida. It is also available at single outlet stores in Arizona, Georgia and South Carolina.

According to Kip Buntrock, director of sales for No No-See-Um, his sister alerted him to the Get On The Shelf competition after she saw it televised on a morning news program.

"I called Caroline and told her we had to get in on this," said Buntrock. "We bounced around a couple of ideas for a video, which we shot during the second week in February. And some of it was even filmed right here on Sanibel."

In the two minute, five second commercial, several humorous scenarios where the No No-See-Um spray is used – including a wedding, golf outing and fishing trip – shows the Waterside Inn, Bailey’s General Store, Beachview Golf Club and Island Pharmacy.

“We wanted it to be funny, but we also wanted to show how No No-See-Um spray is able to help out in many ways,” added Buntrock.

The first round of Get On The Shelf voting will end on April 3, with the top 10 products receiving the most votes moving on to the second round. Between April 11 and 24, the final round of voting will take place, with one grand prize winner and two first prize winners selected. The grand prize winner will receive an opportunity to have their product sold on Walmart.com and in retail stores across the county, or be issued a check for $12,500. Each first prize winner will also receive the same opportunity, or be issued a check for $10,000.

"This is a great opportunity for a ‘Mom & Pop’ business to get some national exposure for their product," said Semerjian. “Perhaps other chain stores will hear about our product and want to carry it, so something like this could be a huge stepping stone for us.”

To watch the No No-See-Um video and vote for it to win the Get On The Shelf competition, visit www.getontheshelf.com/product/4245/No-No-See-Um (Tiny URL http://goo.gl/lb7Na). There is a link to vote for the product via Facebook or by sending a text from your mobile phone to 38383, with the message 4245. People may vote once per day using each method.

For additional information, visit www.nonoseeum.com.




DEET INSECT REPELLENT DANGER: DEET insect repellent can cause serious side-effects

Why should you use a noseeum repellent that is natural?

Because DEET is absorbed through the skin, it can cause serious damage to the nervous system and the immune system.  Thus it can significantly reduce immunity to various illnesses as well as cause nervousness, seizures and agitation - especially in children, seniors and people with life-threatening illnesses.[break]

It is alleged that DEET is not harmful because it is applied externally to the skin. This allegation completely ignores the fact that the skin is our largest organ and does absorb many liquid chemical compounds directly into the body. According to the Natural News once DEET enters the bloodstream through the skin, it is known to cause neurological damage. According to Natural News, DEET is a highly effective insect repellant  probably because its neurotoxicity extends to insects as well as human beings

There is now evidence that DEET can kill brain neurons and therefore may possibly be a cause of ADHD, sleeping disorders and autism. Thus, DEET should not be used on children.  Instead, a natural product – with the same effectiveness - should be used exclusively. No-No-See-Um repels noseeums and mosquetoes natually.

Top 6 Mosquito Attractants

Mosquitoes have complex methods of detecting hosts and different types of mosquitoes react to different stimuli. Most mosquitoes are active at dawn and dusk, but there are also mosquitoes that seek hosts during the day. You can avoid being bitten by making sure you aren't attracting mosquitoes, using attractants to lure mosquitoes elsewhere, using a repellent, and avoiding actions that diminish the effectiveness of the repellent.  [break]

Top 6 Mosquito Attractants

Use this list of items and activities that attract mosquitoes as a list of things to avoid or that can be used as bait to lure mosquitoes away from you.

  • Moisture

    Mosquitoes like humidy and after a good rain, mosquitoes are more prevelent. Perspiration increases the humidity around your body which mosquitoes love. They are also attracted to perspiration because of the chemicals it contains . Even small amounts of standing water, sich as in the bottom aof a bucket or plant container will attract mosquitoes. Standing water also allows mosquitoes to reproduce.

  • Dark Clothing

    It's no mystery that mosquitoes are worst at night in in the wooded areas. In other words... dark places. Mosquitoes visually locate hosts from a distance. Therefore dark clothes and foliage are mosquito magnets. Where light colord clothing.

  • Skin Temperature

    The exact temperature depends on the type of mosquito. Many mosquitoes are attracted to the slightly cooler temperatures of the extremiti

  • Lactic Acid

    Lactic acid  is released in the body when exercising or after eating  foods that are salty or high-potassium foods.

  • Fruity or Flowery Fragrances

    In addition to perfumes, hair products, and scented sunscreens, watch for the subtle floral fragrance from fabric softeners and dryer sheets.

  • Carbon Dioxide

    You give off more carbon dioxide when you are hot or have been exercising. A burning candle or other fire is another source of carbon dioxide.

Things that Reduce the Effectiveness of Insect Repellent

So you have applied your bug spray and a ready to hit the muggy and buggy outdoors. You have used your spray successfully many times before and this time it's not working. "What has changed?" you ask yourself.

Well, there are many factors that can effect the effectiveness of any bug spray. [break]

  • Depending on the humidity, high temperatures and wind will cause the spray to evaporate or soak into the skin more quickly.
  • Sunscreen, epecially the scented kind. No No-See-Um scent was taken into consideration when formulated.
  • Sweating, swimming or rain will dilute the bug spray.

Keep in mind that natural bug sprays and natural insect repellents may need to be reapplied more frequently. Althought the ingredients are all natural, be make sure that you do not have a skin allery to any of the ingredients before applying too much.

DEET Plus Suncreen is a No-No

Little known fact: While the EPA says that using DEET is "safe" as long as you follow their long list of warnings, it should never be used with sunscreen. Recent studies using animal and human skin cells suggest the mixture might increase DEET absorption but also might make sunscreen not protect against UV rays as well. About 20 versions of sunscreen-bug repellent combinations are sold, but because the Food and Drug Administration regulates sunscreen and the Environmental Protection Agency regulates insect repellant, guidance for using these combo products is in limbo since they don’t really belong to either agency. [break] Complicating the issue, Canadian researchers recently tested human skin cells and found questions beyond the all-in-one products: Spraying on DEET and then rubbing on sunscreen actually increased DEET absorption the most.

Be aware that when you’re sitting at the outdoor bar after a day on the beach that the sunscreen is still on your body. No-see-ums wake up when the sun goes down and are most active at dawn and dusk. 

So what's your choice going to be to avoid becoming the main course for these biting bugs? DEET the all natural bug spray No No-See-Um?

The Truth About DEET Mosquito Repellent

Great video. No No-See-Um is made out of the highest quality essential oils. Our proprietary blend  combats mosquitoes, noseeums, black flies, green heads an dmost biting insects. As Dev Khalsasays states, you may need to apply a natrual bug spray a little more often than DEET, but isn't that a small price to pay for for your health?

DEET can be Dangerous

DEET is absorbed through the skin and passes into the blood stream the same way that the nicotine patch does. Knowing this, why would you willingly ingest a chemical that has effects on the central nervous system? When DEET is combined with permethrin, a common mosquito spray ingredient, it can lead to motor deficits and learning and memory dysfunction.[break]

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cautions that DEET users should:

  • Apply DEET only to exposed skin and/or clothing. Don't put DEET on skin that will be covered by clothing -- this will cause your skin to absorb the DEET.
  • Don't use DEET on any open wounds or rashes.
  • Keep DEET out of your eyes, mouth and ears.
  • Don't spray it directly on your face. 
  • Avoid inhaling it.  (How? It's usually in a spray can, as stated previous precaution.)
  • Don't apply DEET near food or use it in enclosed areas. (Ummmm.... picnics?)
  • Apply DEET in a thin layer -- just enough to cover your exposed skin. Avoid heavy application or oversaturation.
  • Once you return indoors, make sure you wash off the DEET with soap and water. It's especially important to do this if you plan to reapply the DEET later or the next day. (No need to wash off our essential oils. The ganenium actually has a calming effect.)
Given all these cautions and potential harms, is it wise to use this powerful chemical as an insect repellant – or is it far better and safer to use a completely natural and organic product like No No-See-Um that is just as effective?

Entrepreneurs take sting out of summer

A parched economy hasn't deterred entrepreneurs from acting on their dreams - and launching new businesses. Southwest Florida's latest crop of startups includes three that could make this long, hot summer more comfortable for consumers.

Their products: A no-see-um repellent, a cami counterfeit and a mobile grocery store.

Here's a closer look at their plans: [break] 

No No-See-Um

Caroline Semerjian's no-see-um repellent, No No-See-Um, has been spritzed on vacationers and locals throughout the islands for about a year.

The repellent is a blend of lemongrass, citronella and geranium oils that wards off no-see-ums, a kind of gnat that is prevalent on Southwest Florida's coastline and in other parts of the U.S.

Semerjian, a Sanibel resident who also runs a Web development company, said interest in the repellent is on the rise.

Businesses and resorts on the islands such as Bailey's General Store, Jerry's Foods, Tarpon Bay Explorers and H20 Outfitters are selling the repellent -- about 40 outlets in all across Sanibel, North Captiva, Fort Myers Beach, Useppa and Bokeelia, Semerjian said.

The company's biggest clients buy as many as two, 96-bottles cases every four to six weeks, she said.

Kip Buntrock, who helps Semerjian market the product, said the bottles retail for anywhere from $9.95 to $12.95, and Semerjian's company, Velmaxxx Enterprises, sells the each bottle for $5.97 at wholesale.

As businesses become more interested in the product, Semerjian moved development of the spray to a Pennsylvania-based manufacturer that whips up about 5,000 bottles at a time.

Since January, she's sold about 6,200 bottles of No No-See-Um, she said.

"It's exciting," she said. "I'm tired of sitting behind a computer screen all day."

So far Semerjian has invested $10,000 in launching the business and developing the product.

"I'm trying to make this to where I don't have to get investors, so I'm just starting small and every penny that I make goes right back into the production," she said.

-- Staff writer Laura Ruane contributed to this report.

* Contact: 872-216-2847 or nonoseeum.com to purchase retail or wholesale.