What are midges?
Biting midges, also known as no-see-ums, are tiny flies that are often found near bodies of water. You may start to notice them in late spring and/or early summer.
What do midges look like?
Adult midges are extremely tiny, measuring less than ¼ of an inch in length and have narrow wings. At 1-3 mm long, midge larvae are also quite small and resemble white worm-like creatures.
Do midges bite?
Only female biting midges bite and do so to aid in reproduction. While they primarily suck blood from mammals, biting midges will also feed on the blood of reptiles and other insects.
Are midges dangerous?
While bites from midges may cause itching and welts, individuals sensitive to their bites may experience a more pronounced reaction that can last for several days. Despite their ability to bite, they are not known to transmit disease to humans.
Why do I have a midge problem?
If you have a biting midge problem, it is most likely because you’re close to a natural habitat or breeding ground. Properties that are within close proximity to lakes, rivers, and other water sources are more likely to experience a midge problem.
How do I get rid of midges?
If you’re concerned that your property has a biting midge infestation, contact Arrow Pest Control to schedule a free evaluation. One of our fully licensed and highly trained pest control specialists will perform a thorough inspection in order to accurately identify the pest, locate the source of the infestation, and make recommendations on how to control midges and modify your environment to make it less midge friendly.
How can I prevent midges?
If your property is close to their natural habitat there is not much you can do to change that. What you can do is make sure that these tiny flies don’t have the opportunity to bite you, your family, or pets. To accomplish this, we recommend:
- Installing windows and doors screens or fixing ones that have been torn or damaged.
- Making sure that gutters are not clogged and down spouts are pointed away from the structure, and there is no other standing water on your property.
- Avoiding outdoor activities during the hours when midges are likely to be active.
- Using a repellent that contains DEET when spending time outdoors. For the best option for you and your family, consult your doctor.
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