Caroline Semerjian (owner) and Kip Buntrock (Director of Sales) are interviewed about No No-See--Um on the talk show the FOX 4 Morning Blend.
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
No No-See-Um Equine Fly Spray is a specialized formula, developed in response to the increased imperative need of natural and eco-friendly insect repellent for horses.
Backed by the repelling power of the original No No-See-Um we all know and love, this specialized equine formula provides many benefits for our hoofed friends. Not only will it repel unwelcome insects, but with the perk of a therapeutic scent, they will smell great too![break]
As the product penetrates the hair, it will result in a long lasting, natural repelling effect. It also acts as a conditioning agent promoting coat sheen. And who doesn’t love shiny?
Engineers across the country and other places in the world take their ideas of beautiful developments from the drawing board to reality by destroying and building atop of wetlands and swamplands. Eliminating natural drainage and water retention areas, they have to then create man-made drainage lakes and streams to prevent lands from turning into unwanted swamplands.[break]
The Many Names of a Problem
While in theory this works, engineers like those in parts of Southern Florida didn’t take into account the breeding grounds they were creating for insects like no-see-ums. These miniscule biting bugs are smaller than fruit flies and swarm through our heartland with a vengeance. Most often than not, you don’t even see them coming. They attack through and under clothes, socks, and hats. Bites by no-see-ums can produce miserable, itching welts that may not even show up until a day to several days after getting bit.
Called a variety of names, no-see-ums, or biting midges, five-Os, and devil flies, etc., they terrorize beach goers, campers, fishermen, hikers, hunters, gardeners, and anyone participating in outdoor activities, including the much eluded “relaxing” thing people talk about. Locals and visitors to Florida and the other types of places described can’t possibly relax after they’ve acquired the incredibly itchy welts caused by the bite of these insects.
Developing a Solution
Southern Floridian and local inventor/owner, Caroline Semerjian is passionate about outdoor living in no-see-um free zones. Behold, No No-See-Um, the all natural insect repellent developed to effectively repel no-see-ums and other biting insects that ruin your chi. A free-spirited nature-lover, she has created the answer. No No-See-Um will certainly keep you from using that little rake you use to try and relax in your Zen garden, as your official no-see-um bite scratcher.
Any questions are welcomed by Caroline via the contact section of the No No-See-Um website. You can find her product in many stores, or by ordering online.
Wait. I’m getting bit by what? How do you know it’s there if you can’t see it? If you’re getting bit by “phantom” bugs, you could very well have a no-see-um issue on your hands, aaand your arms and your legs and your… sounding familiar? Chances are you aren’t a fan of the incessant itching and agitation no-see-um bites cause. How do you keep the insect at bay? Nowadays, more and more people are becoming conscious of the environment and the effect humans have on it. They are looking for non-endangering options and prevention measures, but don’t know where to start.[break]
Keeping Away No-See-Ums, Mosquitoes, and Other Uninvited Guests
Begin by addressing where it is the no-see-ums and their friends are breeding. If there is standing water on your property, it is literally, a standing invitation to no-see-ums, mosquitoes, and the like. Eliminate all standing water hiding in places like tires, basins, tarps, and planters. Be sure to drain and rinse out birdbaths and other water-filled objects, such as man-made ponds and fountains. If your location has many dips or holes in the ground, fill them with slightly acidic soil, to deter the no-see-ums and to ensure they won’t fill with future stagnant water. Keep grass and vegetation trimmed, as damp grassy areas are just as inviting to bugs as those old water-filled tires.
Using insecticides to deter no-see-ums, mosquitoes, flies, and other insects is not all that bad of an idea, if, of course, the insecticide is safe and all natural. Insecticide, itself, means it isn’t safe for the bugs. With that said, a natural environment is a natural environment for a reason. That’s the way it’s meant to be and changing a population or condition of one species could likely change that of another. Since most insecticides have harmful ingredients, they are a threat to not only the non-harmful insects and vegetation, but to people, their pets, and the local wildlife. What’s natural about that? Better alternatives to insecticides, are natural deterrents. One easy solution, is growing plants belonging to the mint family, in abundance, in the troublesome areas . The natural repelling properties, expelled from the plants, can help keep insect problems to a minimum.
The safest, most effective, form of repellent to use in regard to the environment, is the type you use on yourself. A great way to keep the insects, bugs, pests, whatever you want to call them, from bothering you, is to protect, well, you. All natural insect repellent is an excellent approach just like the one No No-See-Um takes. Decreasing the size of the footprint you leave on the environment, increases the strength of future eco-systems. By using all natural ingredients for a personal-use spray, No No-See-Um keeps nature safe and keeps you safe from nature.
What is a no-see-um?
Some people haven’t heard of a no-see-um, but those who have, know them very well. A no-see-um is a tiny flying insect, measuring only about 1/16th-1/8th of an inch. They are almost impossible to see, but you can surely feel them… eventually at least. Under a microscope,they look like a smaller version of a mosquito. When a no-see-um bites someone, it cuts lacerations into the person’s skin, then uses its saliva as an anticoagulant so it can suck blood. An individual’s reaction, in their skin to the saliva, can be intense. Countless people will get bit and not realize it until hours to days later. [break]They eventually find large, itchy, welts, that sometimes even cover a majority of their body. The welts can form blisters and scratching them can cause large lesions and lead to infection. Confusing the red welts with bedbug, mite, and flea bites, people continue to be bit without explanation because they can’t find the culprit. They just can’t see ‘um. While no-see-ums may enter a home undetected through open windows, or riding in on a pet, they are not bed-dwellers like bedbugs or dust mites. No-see-ums can, though, be referred to by many different names such as biting midges, midgies, punkies, five-Os, pinyon gnats, black gnats, knotts, moose flies, valley black flies, devil flies, and more.
Um, where are they?
No-see-ums commonly inhabit water-front and grassy areas with alkaline soil. One such place is Florida, where the No No-See-Um Natural Insect Repellent was first created. In many areas of Florida (as well as other states and countries), the soils were formed from materials rich in calcium. This can result from the erosion of, for example, limestone or sea shells, and results in an alkaline ph. The environment is perfect for the little pests, which is plenty unfortunate for people who also enjoy parks, beaches, ponds, marshes, lakes and the like. Many parts of the world have similar attractions, with perfect, no-see-um accommodating, variables. With so many people affected, in so many lands across the map, it’s no surprise the no-see-ums have acquired their many names. You’re not in the clear by just avoiding beaches and bodies of water. Hiking nature trails in California, a tee-ball game in Arizona, and even an outdoor family party in Alabama are places no-see-ums and mosquitoes are out for blood.
How do you fight the bite?!
You don’t want ‘um and you don’t need ‘um? Then avoid them entirely, by protection of course! The easiest way to fight the bite is to not get bit at all. The No No-See-Um Natural Insect Repellent will take care of that for you. Just spray yourself and enjoy the outdoors. No No-See-Um was initially intended to be your savior from no-see-um misery and it does just that and then some. It also eliminates the potential for mosquito, black fly, tick, and other bites. By repelling many other biting insects, while also protecting you from those nasty no-see-ums, its a clear winner.
If you live in or have ever visited a tropical area with a lot of standing water you know what a no-see-um is. You also know how frustrating it can be to enjoy the outdoors when these tiny insects are ever present and consistently on the attack. Back in the day, homeowners used to focus on insecticides with DEET as the key ingredient, which not only is toxic, but doesn't work well to combat noseeum bites. These days most people are conscious of the environment and so are looking for other options and prevention measures.[break]
To get rid of noseeums, the first thing to do is address potential breeding grounds. If there is standing water on your property that has the potential to create masses of no-see-ums. If possible eliminate standing water. Drain and rinse out birdbaths and other water-filled objects. If your yard is full of ruts or holes fill those as well so that they don’t fill and stand during the rainy seasons. Also check the retention area of potted plants in the house and on any porches. You can use insecticide, however this is a very short term solution as it will have to be reapplied every life cycle to make a difference. Most insecticides have harmful ingredients to pets, children and the environment in general.
You’ll also want to be sure to keep the no-see-ums out of your home and lanai. To do this you’ll need screens that are smaller than 16-mesh. You can further discourage no-see-ums by using an overhead or oscillating fan.
When you decide to head outdoors, keep in mind that these insects are most active in the early morning and evening hours. Wear light-colored clothing to cover your body and shoes and socks that cover your ankles and feet. Apply an all natural insect repellent like No No-See-Um to both your clothing and your skin. By following these guidelines you will set yourself up for success at keeping the no-see-ums away from you, your pets and loved ones.
No-see-ums are a tiny pest about 1/16th inch long. You can barely see them...but you sure can feel them. If you were to take a look with a microscope you’d see something that looks like a smaller version of a mosquito. These swarming insects tend to breed on the edges of water such as ponds, marshes or pools of water. Their eggs literally hatch in three days at which point they become adults and busily breed, feed and mate.
What Happens When They Bite?
No-see-ums love blood; in fact they must feed on blood to serve and feed the younger insects. As we said earlier, they are very tiny so you might be surprised to discover that their bite delivers quite a wallop. Their bites result in red welts and/or bumps about 1/4" - 1/2" in size. The bites are quite itchy often, particularly in kids. Scratching can result in open bleeding sores and unfortunately, the scratching will not relieve the itch. You can relieve the itch by using over the counter topical cortisone creams and other anti inflammatories.
The best way to deal with No-see-ums is to work on prevention. There are very few bug sprays on the market that both work and are naturally safe. The issue with using insecticide containing DEET is that it is both harmful to the environment and humans. You’re better off to stick with proven all natural sprays such as No no-see-um. With ingredients like citronella and lemongrass in No no-see-um, you smell good to other humans and bad to the no-see-ums. Geranium oil has also been thrown in which is known to have healing and therapeutic properties for pain and stress relief of existing bites.
Did you know that May is National Garden month? It’s a wonderful time of year when spring has sprung and homeowners everywhere celebrate and participate in gardening. Flowers bloom, the sun shines and life is good!
But wait...if you've been part of the gardening community for awhile, you know that noseeums, mosquitoes and biting gnats can make your gardening experience nothing short of miserable. Especially if you work during the day and only have time to garden in the evening when noseeums bite the most. While it’s the best time of the year to expand and design your garden and landscape, it can also be a challenge to focus when you’re being attacked by biting insects.
So with an ever growing population of parents who realize the health benefits of gardening, what’s a mother to do? Well, first things first, avoid bug sprays with DEET as an ingredient. It just doesn’t make sense to cover your child in a cloud of chemicals while you’re busy teaching them about the beauty and wonder of nature and gardening. Keep in mind that many products that are DEET free have other harmful chemicals.
Next, choose some long sleeved and light colored “gardening outfits” that are banded at the wrists and ankles. Have your kids wear hats as well and mist both clothing and skin with an all natural bug repellant. The most effective bug sprays will have some combination of citronella, lemongrass and geranium. You’ll also want to try to avoid gardening in the early morning or evening hours. Optimally, right after the kids get home from school would be the best time as the sun will still be high.
Now get out the trowel and the pepper plants and start building your garden so you can help develop your kids healthy attitudes towards food and wellness. You may be surprised to know that they’ll also likely do better and school and begin to take more personal responsibility in their lives.
When Dustin was chosen to go on a mission to Haiti with his chiropractic school he was more than excited. Being from Florida, he knew that bugs were going to be an issue and good bug spray, let alone a natural one would be hard to come by. Since he is a student of alternative medince, using an all natural instect repellent is a must. Luckily he packed several bottles of No No-Seeum for his trip.
In 3 days, his group performed over 300 chiropractic adjustments on the children in Haiti. Everyone was bug bite free and the kids in Haiti loved No No-See-Um as much as the Dustin does.
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 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.
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.
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.
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/
For additional information, visit www.nonoseeum.com.
For additional information, visit www.nonoseeum.com.
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.