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How To Get Rid of Noseeum's

Noseeums (or No-see-um's, No See Um's) are an irritating pest that you may initially think is mosquito because of their blood-sucking bites, but the confusion comes after the bite when the bug is not even seen. Mosquitoes, even the smaller varieties, are usually quite visible, but the Noseeum's small size makes them harder to detect, hence their name. "I No see um, but I sure do feel um!".

So what are Noseeums exactly? They are a biting midge or extremely tiny gnats which can hardly be seen by the naked eye,  but you will almost certainly feel this bug in the form of their terribly itchy and irritating bites, which alert you of its presence. The fact that this blood sucking nuisance repeatedly likes to bite to feed their insatiable appetite combined with their small size which makes them hard to see is enough to drive a person who is trying to rid this pest from his or her vicinity absolutely nuts. Although a noseeum is much much smaller than a mosquito, the noseeum's bite is often much more irritating, leaving an itch that doesn't go away easily.

Noseeums come from Ceratopogonidae family of flying insects which consist of over 4,000 species. They look very similar to gnats, only they leave their mark in the form of a bite.  Often confused as a fly, Noseeums measure 1/25 to 1/8 inch, with a dark color and disproportionately large wings.Both male and females noseeum bugs enjoy feeding upon nectar; however, the females--similar to female mosquitoes--are the culprits which feed on blood for the purpose of gaining proteins so they can fertilize their eggs. Also much like mosquitoes, noseeums are drawn to people because of the CO2 we emit.

Noseeum population sizes can grow rather large from spring to autumn, and as a result, some areas may be too heavily infested to comfortably be inhabited by humans. While noseeums appear to be almost invisible they can become more easily seen when in large swarm fly about in the air.

Where Are Noseeums Found?

Noseeums can be found all over the world but are mainly found in tropical and subtropical areas where the whether is warmer. In the United States, these bugs can be found in coastal states, for instance, Florida. Amazingly, there are over 37 different species of noseeum found in only Florida alone.  They can be a frustrating pest to anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors. These bugs can ruin the desire to enjoy some fresh air with their presence especially in their most active times of the day which is around nightfall and in the early morning hours.

Those with outdoor hobbies or jobs like fisherman, hunters, gardeners or agricultural farmers can tell you first hand just how miserable noseeums make their lives with their presence and constant biting. Noseeums like to gather around areas of high humidity or where there is a lot of moisture such as in muddy or swampy regions. 

How to Reduce Getting Bitten From Noseeums

1. Reduce or remove areas of standing water.

Water sources are an essential component of a noseeums life cycle. Female noseeums like to lay their eggs, much like mosquitoes, on standing water surfaces and then these eggs hatch and the larvae creeps out. Such areas where this is common are on streams or lakes or even moist soil. While not much can be done for natural bodies of water, you can work to reduce areas of standing or stagnant water around your home and make sure areas are properly drained.

Some common places to keep an eye out for and drain regularly are puddle around your home, birdbaths, fountains, tires and other items which can collect water, especially after rainfall.

2. Put screens on your doors and windows.

Due to the fact that noseeums are very tiny, using your normal mosquito screens will not be enough to keep these bugs from trying to sneak into your home. Use screens or netting designed with a much smaller mesh to prevent female noseeums or at least make it tougher for them to find entry into your home. Be sure to place screens on patio, doors and windows and check them regularly to verify they are in good condition. While it is not fool-proof, taking such a proactive approach can only help your chances of reducing noseeum outbreaks into your home and lessen the chances of bites.

3. Use Insect Repellants to Prevent Bites 

Repellants can be very convenient when it comes to deterring noseeums from your presence or property. Rub creams or spray repellent containing DEET, for example, to make yourself unappetizing to female noseeums.

4. Kill No See Ums with Insecticides

Since these biting flies are so small and their habitat large in scale, it is often hard to get rid of them. Insecticides and vary in results when it comes to killing noseeums but applying the right kind of insecticides and drastically reduce the presence of an infestation or even at best, remove an infestation completely. ePestSolutions can be your answer as we have a variety of effective products which can handle a noseeum invasion, we will cover more about that below. 

5. Blow Noseeums Away by Turning On Fans

If you're dealing with noseeums, you're most likely also dealing with heat and humidity. If that is the case, a fan may help not only cool you off but also blow away noseeums, reducing the chances of their bites. Noseeums aren't the greatest fliers, so by powering on a strong ceiling fan or standing fans, you will be able to keep them away. This is especially important to do at night when one of the peskiest noseeum types, the Culicoides species, likes to feast.

6. Turn out the Lights

The females noseeum bugs are attracted by the allure of light. Don’t be afraid to turn off the lights a bit earlier than usual. You’ll save a bit on your electricity bill and best of all avoid those biting noseeums!

7. Wear Clothes with Long Sleeves

Long sleeves and jeans will protect your skin from being exposed to noseeum bites, especially when you go outdoors. Also, wear socks to protect your feet from those itchy bites.

Bitten By a Noseeum and Can't Stop Scratching? Noseeum Bite Treatment Options

As much as we try to avoid them, getting bitten by a noseeum is almost inevitable. When you do happen to be bitten by a noseeum, it would be wise to apply an appropriate treatment like a topical steroid cream or an antihistamine taken orally to help in reducing the desire to itch and the discomfort. After being bitten, noseeums are known to leave red itchy irritating bumps behind. If you have an allergic reaction, you might be left with hives or rashes on the skin which can make for a terrible experience.

These treatments will aid in removing itchiness, and inflammation. In some instances, no see um bites might take up to a week to disappear; however, in common cases, we recommend giving it a few days. In rare cases, there is potential that noseeums are able to transmit diseases from their bites. Once a bite becomes infected, that’s a clear indication you need to go see a doctor to see what should be done.

More on Controlling Noseeums with ePestSolutions Products

Outdoor control begins with cleaning up and eliminating their preferred type of breeding site. As with many flying insects, Noseeums like to breed in moist areas, including salt marshes, mud, plant debris and water collections within trees. Cleaning up these sites will eliminate developing pests, as well as future population growth. If sites cannot be cleaned entirely, environmentally safe products can be applied to stop the development and limit the population size.

Contact insecticides, aerosols and fly lights can also be used to effectively control the Noseeum populations. Indoor, accidental guests can be treated with a contact insecticide. Treating walls and ceilings near light fixtures will help as well, as the Noseeums are attracted to these areas. Ensure that entry points are sealed, and Noseeums will be unlikely to be an inside issue. Using a repellent or/and a perimeter treatment can also be helpful, and will aid in controlling other insect populations in and around your property as well!

Pests of all shapes and sizes can become a nuisance in our homes and offices! With expert products and trusted advice, ePestSolutions makes home DIY pest control easier than ever! Visit our Things That Bug Me Blog for more great information and tips!

 

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