No-see-ums are tiny flying insects that are incredibly difficult to spot. Also known as biting midges, punkies, sand flies or biting gnats, these flying insects are small enough to fit through the mesh screens of windows and doors. They are also easy to overlook when they swarm around you or land on your skin. But after they bite, you'll definitely know they were there.
No-see-um bites are painful and itchy, but their havoc can be more than skin deep. Like mosquitoes, these tiny biting insects can also transmit diseases to humans. Luckily, you can minimize your risk of infection and illness by taking care of your no-see-um bites with a combination of over-the-counter medicines and home remedies. These are our top tips for treating no-see-um bites.
How to Treat No-Seem-Um Bites
If you're suffering from painful, itchy no-see-um bites, use these steps to treat them:
How to Tell No-See-Um Bites From Other Insect Bites
Treating no-see-um bites is similar to what you do for mosquito bites; after all, these biting insects feed on blood to encourage the production and development of their eggs. But how do you know which bug bit you?
First, let's start with gnat and mosquito bites, which often look very similar, causing inflamed, itchy, red bumps on your skin. On the other hand, no-see-um bites may be more clustered and smaller than the other types.
Bug anatomy also plays into the appearance and feel of each bite. Mosquitoes inject their straw-like mouths into our skin to extract blood, often leaving a welt with a puncture wound in the middle. Gnats and no-see-ums "surgically" slice and cut into the skin of their prey with their mouth-based cutters to allow the blood to pool, making it easier for them to feed. This tiny wound can last longer because it is more than a single puncture.
Finally, consider how long each type of bug bite lasts and how they change over time. Mosquito bites are more random, and they can fade quickly. No-see-um bites can morph from small red dot clusters to raised welts lasting almost two weeks.
Who to Call for Mosquito, No-See-Um and Other Pest Control
Don't spend one more day serving up your friends and family as a buffet for biting insects. MosquitoNix® has effective pest control solutions, including misting systems and fogging treatments, to protect your residential and commercial property from unwanted insect visitors. Call us at (855) 808-2847 or contact us online to learn more about our services and schedule your free estimate.
Frequently Asked Questions About No-See-Ums
Do no-see-ums suck blood?
For the most part, these tiny insects primarily feast on flower nectar as their primary food source. However, female no-see-ums need blood to reproduce and develop eggs.
What happens during the blood-sucking process?
When a female no-see-um bites, she injects her saliva under the host animal's skin, causing the blood to pool and making it easier for the insect to take what she needs.
When are no-see-ums most active?
No-see-ums are most active during dusk and dawn. If you happen to be outside during these times, you are at an increased risk of being bitten.
Do no-see-ums lay eggs in your skin?
If a no-see-um has bitten you, there's little to worry about besides itchiness and irritation. After a blood meal, the female no-see-um often seeks out a body of water to lay her eggs, such as a riverbank, a marsh, a still pond or even a hollowed-out tree stump.
What is the best way to get rid of no-see-ums?
To protect your family from no-see-um bites, call MosquitoNix. We have several effective options for eliminating no-see-ums and other pests that can cause discomfort when they bite.
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