You may not be able to see them, as this image below illustrates their actual size against a finger for scale, but you sure can feel them!
And you sure want to repel them don't you?
To give them their proper name, Leptoconops torrens, these airborne 'warriors' are so small, less than a sixteenth of an inch in length, that they can pass through many screens and even slip through air gaps in badly fitting windows and doors!
And it's the females that you have to watch out for (well that's if you have a microscope to tell the difference!) as, much like those larger airborne nuisances the mosquitoes, it is the female that inflicts the pain during and after her act of getting much needed protein from our blood in order to assist reproduction and grow eggs. This process must surely come top of the list, or near top, for the least appreciated 'wonders' of nature!
Her saliva, that lubricates her mouth parts as they pierce our skin for blood, is what causes the itching, redness and swelling. Immediate reactions develop within a few minutes of the bite and last for a few hours. Delayed reactions can take around a day to develop and may last for up to a week.
It is the excruciating after-itch from the small red dot of the 'bite' area that can be difficult to resist, but you must as not only can it last for up to two weeks scratching can make the itchy bites last twice as long and lead to infected sores. Our Insect Bite Relief Balm created just for this itch will help!
It would seem obvious that avoidance is the best course of action by using effective deterrent applications if you are visiting areas where they inhabit.
PMD (CDC recommended as good as Deet), Lemongrass, Geranium, Lemon Eucalyptus, Citronella, Peppermint, Lavender, Cedarwood, Catnip and Yarrow.
If these ingredients are used in the right combinations, as in our Tropical Strength repellent, and within the right carrier such as a shea butter product, they can be an effective deterrent for several hours, and equally importantly, with no harmful side effects even after re-applications!
Our Awesome Bug Repellent Bars contain the best quality natural ingredient combination formulated as a repellent to mosquitoes and no see ums. They are effective, DEET-free, long lasting to protect up to 6 hours. Not only are they super concentrated and skin safe but they also have a great scent and offer excellent value for money!
[Of course C12H17NO can be used as well, or DEET as it is more commonly known; it is used as both an insect repellent and as a pesticide. DEET was first developed by the US Army back in 1946 for military personnel use and was registered on the open market for commercial use in 1957. You will find that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had concerns over the toxicology and possible adverse effects of DEET from back before the 80's. It is also worth noting that the EPA has repeatedly highlighted significant concerns from exposure and dermal absorption through either frequent use of DEET and/or in particular using DEET formulas on children.]
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