We have had a run of no see ums in Florida in the past couple of weeks, probably because of all the rain. Sand fleas are a different strain of no see ums. We had the same problem in Canada in the past. They are nearly invisible and nasty biting little creatures. Both males and females bite, but the females go for blood. The odd thing is that I was getting so many bites, I started to get rashes. Hydrocortisone 1% cream (something we always carry) will sooth the itch for bites and skin rashes. Strangely enough, DW never got a bite. Hmmm.
I bring this up because they are "bugs" much like pigmy mosquitoes. Doing some research, I ran across this stuff from Australia called TTO (Tea Tree Oil concentrate). There are several thousand reviews on Amazon and the average rating is over 4 stars. So I delved a little deeper into the reviews.
TTO can not be taken internally. For most applications it must be very diluted to a few drops. There are multiple uses that I won't expound on, but I do want to bring up a few:
* TTO is a natural bug repellent. A few drops mixed with coconut oil and applied to the body works as a natural insect repellent. Skin So Soft diluted in water marginally worked, but they must have changed the formula.
* A few drops of TTO mixed with water, or added to dish soap, is a sanitizer and repels spiders, ants, other bugs indoors.
* It can be sprayed on screens to keep bugs from entering. No see ums are small enough to get through a screen.
* TTO can also be mixed with hair soap and used in bathing.
* It can be used as a laundry freshener.
* Full strength from an eye dropper onto an embedded tick will make the tick back out. Trying to remove a tick with tweezers can leave pieces of the tick under the skin to infect. This is really an exceptional use of TTO.
TTO is said to have a camphor odor initially. I have used Deet to repel ticks and mosquitoes and that is not a pleasant odor.
I should be getting a 4 oz bottle of TTO with an eye dropper today and it will be an interesting experiment. By the way, DW is an avid tea drinker-not sure that has anything to do with why she is not getting bites. Please drop a post if you have had any experience with TTO-good or bad.
Yah, I know, another snake oil story. However, there are natural products that do work. The Indians had theirs and the tribesman had theirs. Some of it was in the spirits and some actually worked.