November 3, 2001
A story has been circulating for years that a Japanese consortium sent a delegation to a tiny village on Mexico's tropical west coast to check out the feasibility of erecting a hotel and resort complex. According to routine they set up a half-dozen insect traps to determine if there were any biting insects around. According to pundits the traps filled to overflowing within minutes and the slapping and scratching visitors abandoned their quest, and fled to Japan.
"No-see-um" is a generic term for tiny biting insects that leave a large itching welt. Because the insects are not related to mosquitoes traditional DEET repellents have enjoyed little if any success in repelling these little monsters. One hundred percent pure DEET is somewhat effective, but I get a little apprehensive about slathering on something that resembles (in formula) an industrial accident. No-see-ums are most active at dawn and dusk, so I would rather do without wearing DEET all day.
Then I heard about an herbal potion that supposedly was effective for no-see-ums as well as mosquitoes and fleas. I ordered a bottle just prior to my last trip to Mexico and I had occasion to (really need) it. Tiny no-see-ums attacked me up to my knees and a swarm of mosquitoes decided that from the knees on up I was fair game. I dashed inside for the herbal repellent. I slathered it on and to my great surprise, it worked. Not one bite from then on (I remained in the village for another six days).
I would like to share this repellent with RVers who plan on visiting Mexico this year, or just plain don't care for DEET. A Canadian neighbor begged me for a sample and she reported that the herbal repellent worked better than a well-known skin product against no-see-ums and skeeters.
Because of the uniqueness of the product (Herbal) and it's effectiveness (when everything else seems to fail), I can heartily recommend it for prospective visitors to Mexico.