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How to Eliminate No-See-Um Bites

No-see-ums, also known as biting midges, are often felt, but never seen. These tiny flying insects are similar to mosquitoes, but their miniscule size makes it hard to avoid swarms until it's too late. Learn why their bites sting so much and what you can do to protect yourself with advice from the MosquitoNix® Library.

No-see-ums thrive in moist environments, and you're likely to encounter them in areas where there is adequate moisture for their breeding needs. Colonies breed in sand, mud, near ponds, in the holes of trees and even piles of manure. After it rains or floods, water collects in your yard, and a colony can establish itself rather quickly without you realizing a nuisance is brewing. Culicoides are sometimes confused with sand flies, but biting midges are a different species with thousands of variations. They are strictly outdoor breeders and that's where you'll find the source of their evolution from egg to full grown adult. You feel pain with every bite because they inject saliva into your skin, and don't follow-up with a pain-numbing substance like mosquitoes.

Eliminating no-see-ums often feels like fighting an invisible enemy, but you can take steps to reduce their numbers. Get rid of all sources of standing water around your home, including water in puddles, portable swimming pools and bird baths. Also, don't let water sit inside unused tires. Replace standard mesh screens with tiny no-see-um-proof models that prevent the miniscule bugs from slipping inside. You can get temporary relief from those stinging bites with bug sprays and repellents containing chemicals, or use repellents with natural oils. Keep them out of your home by cranking fans up to high speed, creating a strong counter-wind current for these weak fliers. Long-sleeve shirts and long pants cover up a lot of potential biting territory, and switching off lights ends their attraction to glowing light sources.

The pain and itchiness of no-see-um bites can be maddening, and welts may linger on your skin up to two weeks. Getting rid of these nuisance biters requires expertise, and our team of trained MosquitoNix professionals can provide several chemical and eco-friendly solutions that stop them cold. We have highly-effective misting and fogging systems, and we offer portable no-see-um control products that are easy to take anywhere. Contact us today and ask our no-see-um expert for the best permanent elimination remedies.