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No-see-ums

Atlanta, Georgia
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58 posts
No-see-ums

Coming to Hilton Head this week. Are the no-see-ums out yet or not? Thanks.

Greensboro, North...
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for Isle of Palms, Edisto Island, Charleston
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6,086 posts
13 reviews
1. Re: No-see-ums

They're not out yet up here. It's been chilly.

Pennsylvania
2 posts
2. Re: No-see-ums

Are the No-see-ums a big problem in HH? I had a problem on Captiva Island in Florida years ago. I will be on my first vacation in HH in August and didn't realize that they might be there. Thank You!

Greensboro, North...
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for Isle of Palms, Edisto Island, Charleston
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6,086 posts
13 reviews
3. Re: No-see-ums

It really depends on the wind direction and rain amounts. But yes, there will be bugs in the South in August.

Pennsylvania
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506 posts
67 reviews
4. Re: No-see-ums

We went to HHI for the first time in August last summer and I thought I was being smart when we went on a trailride and wore pants...however not tight enough because my ankles were exposed and I had so many bites around my ankles it was awful. I couldn't reach down to shoo them away while I was riding and didn't want to kick my legs when I was on the horse!! So I know jeans and long socks underneath for me next time but other than that instance, I didn't really have too many bites elsewhere on my body. I would think you would be fine this time of year.

Pennsylvania
2 posts
5. Re: No-see-ums

Thank you! I was affected majorly before. Is there anything good(lotion) to put on before you go out?

Eastern Kentucky...
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341 posts
33 reviews
6. Re: No-see-ums

Something ate me alive when I went kayaking last August. I strongly recommend buying some Off and taking it wherever you go.

Pennsylvania
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506 posts
67 reviews
7. Re: No-see-ums

I don't know what to use...In June when we normally go they aren't too bad...but last August, I had Off on and it didn't help during that trailride. Any locals want to weigh in???

Greensboro, North...
Destination Expert
for Isle of Palms, Edisto Island, Charleston
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6,086 posts
13 reviews
8. Re: No-see-ums

HHI girl you are right. You can put all kinds of Deet on and they still bite. They just don't bite twice. Locals run from A/C to A/C. The only real relief is the ocean.

Wisconsin
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5,660 posts
145 reviews
9. Re: No-see-ums

Dang, I forgot about those things! We used to get them in Biloxi in the spring, but as we're usually in the Panhandle where they're not an issue, I didn't think of them. We'll be visiting HH for the first time at Palmetto Dunes April 9-12th. We're leaving WI to get to Destin via Hilton Head (visiting with family, and no we're not lost). If I remember correctly, they're worse in the afternoon and on the grass, right? I think we were OK in open areas or in the pool.

We're looking forward to the visit. Over on the Destin forum, there's been a discussion of "Destin or Hilton Head--which do you prefer?" HH seems to win, so now I'll do my own research.

Atlanta, Georgia
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240 posts
4 reviews
10. Re: No-see-ums

We were in Hilton Head in April 2009 for Easter Week and my husband was bitten by the no-see-ums. His bites went to welts to being infected and he had to go to a doctor, got a shot, medication and lotion to apply to his legs. I took pictures......it wasn't a pretty sight from his ankles to his knees and three days of pure misery for him.

P.S. We used "Off" and it wasn't any help.

Edited: 17 March 2010, 19:11