No-see-ums, black flies or biting midges, these tiny little suckers are hard to spot but they have a painful bite that will let you know when they are around.
Only female no-see-ums bite and they do so because they require the protein rich blood meal to develop her eggs. Male no-see-ums are strictly vegan, but they can still be annoying if they are buzzing about in your space.
What attracts no-see-ums?
If you live in a warm, humid area that is close to a body of water or swamp, you are more likely to experience a problem with no-see-ums. These bugs are attracted to these areas for breeding purposes, which means that they are extra desperate for a blood snack and will swarm in an instant and ruin any outdoor event.
In addition to the outdoor environment, there are other attractants that will alert no-see-ums to your presence and the promise of a tasty, protein rich snack:
Female no-see-ums bite because they require a blood meal to develop eggs. Bites show on your skin as little red dots, usually in a cluster. They swell and can become tender. No-see-um bites often last several weeks and are relentlessly itchy for at least 3 days after getting bit.
How to repel no-see-ums
No-see-ums are easily attracted to you and your family by your breath, body heat, body odor and perfumes. Luckily, there are also common ways you can repel no-see-ums and keep from getting bitten.
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