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How To Control Noseeumsbiting noseeum


We all are aware of blood sucking and biting insects that wreak havoc on us. The usual suspects are usually bugs like mosquitoes, gnats, bees and wasps but it can be most frustrating being bitten by an insect that you can’t see. This is especially the case with a bug fittingly known as noseeum’s.

Noseeums are coined as such because they are usually so small that they can’t be seen unless you look very closely but they definitely can make their presence felt via their itchy irritating bites.

Noseeums are a tiny bloodthirsty gnat which are notorious along the coastal areas of the country as well as places that carry a lot of moisture like marshlands and other damp areas. Noseeums are less than an 1/8th of an inch long but you wouldn’t think so with the way they bite as they have large appetites and will bite and suck multiple times to get their fill. Much like mosquitoes, the female noseeums are the only ones that bite and they make sure they have consumed a significant amount a blood before going to go lay eggs.

Noseeums are an aggressive and agitating pest. Their bloodsucking often results in a wide range of responses--from bumps which can swell to sores and itchy rashes. They can also be hazardous to your health since they are known for carrying disease such as Carrions Disease and Leishmania. While the probability of getting an illness from them is small at best, the distress and frustration their biting brings makes them overwhelmingly hated wherever they are present.

If noseeums are making life difficult for you around your yard, Solutions Pest and Lawn can help through our array of effective treatment options and DIY pest control products which can help to minimize or totally eliminate the presence of these unpleasant bugs. 

Shop our recommended products for noseeum control below. If you would like any assistance, view our how-to videos, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or call us at (800) 479-6583 and we will give you all the help you need to confidently get rid of noseeums on your residence.

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How To Get Rid of Noseeum’s: 4 Step Solutionnoseeum

 

Getting rid of noseeums that have invaded your yard doesn’t have to be a difficult task if you have the right SIY pest control products at your disposal. Since noseeums share a lot of the same behaviors that mosquitoes have when invading a property, a lot of the same treatment methods are applied when dealing with a noseeum infestation.

 

A solid control program for noseeum control includes environmental modifications to make the area less appealing for noseeums to hang around, and then strategic applications of repellents and insecticide products labeled to eliminate noseeums. Here is a simple to execute four step process we have laid out that anyone can carry out to successfully eliminate pesky noseeums.

 

Step 1: Before applying professional DIY chemical products, it’d be wise to first make the area around your home less welcoming to the presence of noseeums by getting rid of any standing or stagnant water. Damp areas and places with lots of moisture are prime areas for noseeums to thrive, especially when it comes to the female noseeums laying eggs.

Items and areas that may contain water include bird baths, ornamental fountains, water gardens, rain barrels without screened covers, plant pots, animal drinking containers, the crevices of plastic toys, garbage cans, old tires, buckets, tree stumps, puddles, shallow ponds, clogged gutters, obstructed downspouts, flat roofs, and yard debris. Eliminate or empty out water from these areas as frequently as you can.

 

Step 2: Once environmental modifications have been put into place, you can then move onto using chemical insecticides to do away with problematic noseeums in your yard.  Select a product that is specifically labeled to be used on residential yards such as Reclaim IT or Flex 10-10 as well as an insect growth regulator like Pivot 10 to spray around your yard using a hose end sprayer or backpack sprayer.

 

For more serious infestations, use a misting blower like a Solo 451 Mist Blower Fogging Backpack. Mix the insecticide according to the instructions found on the label to get the correct application amounts and rates.

 

Step 3: For noseeums that make their way inside the home, we recommend using an aerosol insecticidal spray to use as a space spray to kill wandering noseeums. Solutions Pest & Lawn recommends using Pyrid Aerosol product uses pyrethrum as the active ingredient and will kill noseeums surprisingly fast. Spray it for 5-10 seconds in any room with activity and you’ll see immediate relief. Clear out of the room for at least half an hour to allow for ventilation before coming back in.

 

Pyrid Aerosol is easy to use and treatments will provide several hours of control. However, if you have a serious enough noseeum infestation, they will be hatching daily and since there is no way to kill developing stages, you will probably need to use it many times a day. But it’s safe enough on a frequent basis.

 

Step 4:  Conduct regular repeat sprayings around your yard and in your home every 10-14 days to keep noseeums away and reduce their population. These steps make your property less appealing for noseeums to gather at and will build up a repelling effect overtime, so that you will not need to spray as often.

 

Learn More about Noseeum's (and how to get rid of them!)

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 weather 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 Chances of Getting Bitten By 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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. Solutions Pest & Lawn 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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!

  1. 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 Products from Solutions Pest & Lawn

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, Solutions Pest & Lawn makes home DIY pest control easier than ever! Visit our Knowledge base for more great information and tips!

 

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