Biting midges, black flies or no-see-ums are all common names for this flying, biting insect that, as the same suggests, are really hard to see. Part of the fly family of Ceratopogonidae, these insects plague warm and humid areas like the Gulf Coast.
No-see-ums are these tiny, dark insects that insist on making a meal of you or your guests on any outdoor event. These bugs are hard to see though you will be sure to feel the aftermath: a red, itchy bite that may be painful thanks to the insect's mouth parts specifically designed to slice into your skin to access the blood within.
Adults measure in at less that 3 millimeters, or the size of the tip of a number 2 pencil.
Though difficult to spot on their own, these pests are known to travel in big swarms. They are also slow fliers so if you are able to spot a cloud heading your way, you have a good chance of dodging them.
Though no-see-ums are hard to see, it is unlikely that you will miss their bites.
Females are the only ones that bite humans because they require a blood meal to develop their eggs. They are equipped with nasty mouth parts that slice thought he skin to access the protein rich blood underneath. If stealing a blood meal from your skin isn't uncomfortable enough, no-see-ums secrete an anti-coagulant that keeps the blood from clotting and keeps it flowing into their empty bellies. Afterwards, no-see-um bites are painful, enflamed and relentlessly itchy.
To make matters more uncomfortable, no-see-um bites are often slow to heal and linger longer than other bites.
Though they do not carry nasty diseases like mosquitoes, no-see-ums can be difficult to control and are able to breed in a wider range of locations.
The life cycle of no-see-ums is anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks but they make good use of that time. Female no-see-ums can lay up to 450 eggs at one time and they have been known to lay up to 7 batches in one life cycle.
Moist soil, standing water, mud and rotting vegetation are all cozy spots for the no-see-ums to lay their detested eggs.
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Because they are stealthy and so small, these pests can be difficult to control on your own and they have the potential to ruin any outdoor activity.
As the leading pest control service, we are committed to offering services that keep your residential or commercial properties free of no-see-ums and other flying, biting pests.
Though they do not carry the diseases that some species of mosquitoes do, no-see-um bites are painful and lingering. A black cloud of them is enough to ruin any outdoor event.
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