Treatment for no-see-ums in SWFL is essential, especially in the summer months. It’s possible that home remedies for no-see-ums will be enough, but they can be some pretty persistent pests. Ceratopogonidae, or no-see-ums, are a family of tiny little flies that live in coastal, tropical, and subtropical areas, near bodies of water, and includes 4,000 different species. If you’re familiar with these pesky insects, you know they have painful bites like mosquito bites and are difficult to repel.

These tiny biting pests are also known as midges, biting midges, sand flies, sand fleas, and more. But in SWFL, they are most commonly referred to as no-see-ums. One of the most frustrating issues with no-see-ums is that they are so small they are very difficult to see. Some species of no-see-ums are tiny enough to be able to go through the normal window screens in your home. This makes them major pests, especially in coastal areas like SWFL.

What Attracts No-See-Ums?

In the environment, no-see-ums are attracted to warm or hot areas with water sources. This can be bodies of water or just standing water around your home. They are attracted to wet areas where they can breed, similar to mosquitoes. Ponds, moist soil, plants, and tree holes are just a few examples of breeding grounds.

No-see-ums may be attracted to the area outside of your home by the environment, but they may end up inside your home or finding you as soon as you walk out of the door because they are even more attracted to you in these ways:

Body Heat

Body heat attracts no-see-ums, which is why you may notice that heavier people or pregnant women may attract more of this insect since their bodies will produce more heat.

Carbon Dioxide

No-see-ums seem to appear out of nowhere as soon as you walk outside. This is because every time you release a breath you emit carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is the primary attractor of no-see-ums when it comes to their hosts.

Lactic Acid

These tiny flies are also attracted to the lactic acid on human skin. This lets female no-see-ums know that there is a blood meal nearby.

Body Odor

Evidence shows that no-see-ums are attracted to sweat and body odor. This might explain why you’re bothered by these tiny biting insects more when you’re doing yard work or laying out at the beach.

Repellent Home Remedies for No-See-Ums

Preventative measures are the best cure for these insects’ annoying bites. Wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants and using bug spray, especially during peak biting times will be very helpful in preventing bites to begin with. When it comes to natural home remedies for no-see-ums, these are the most effective ways for no-see-um control.

Essential oils

Some essential oils, such as citronella, eucalyptus, lemongrass, and neem oil can help deter no-see-ums. These oils can be diffused in the air or applied with a carrier oil directly on the skin. You can also create a bug spray out of essentials just by mixing them with water and putting them in a spray bottle. You can also purchase pre-made sprays and candles with essential oils to use in your yard and outdoor areas.

Witch Hazel and Vinegar

Mixing equal parts witch hazel and apple cider vinegar is a good deterrent for these bugs and their itchy bites. You can add a few drops of essential oil to improve the smell. Make sure you reach for one of the oils above because there is some evidence that no-see-ums are attracted to perfume, so some scents will draw them in.

CO2 Traps

Since no-see-ums are attracted to carbon dioxide, CO2 traps work well for drawing them in. Once they have them there, they are trapped with either a vacuum or adhesive. A carbon dioxide lure trap also works for mosquitoes.

Plants that Deter No-See-Ums

Lavender, marigolds, and basil are plants known to deter no-see-ums. Planting these types of plants in your outdoor spaces may help reduce an infestation of no see ums. For more information on this topic, read our blog post Best Plants for Pest Control.

No-see-ums Bite Relief

No-see-um bites cause itchy bumps and painful welts. The bite site may have a small red mark and can end up as large red welts. If you have a severe allergic reaction, you should see a doctor. It can take as long as several weeks for no see um bites to go away. You’ll want to avoid scratching the bite as much as possible. Here are a few remedies that may help alleviate symptoms:

Take an antihistamine

Over-the-counter antihistamines can help reduce itching and inflammation caused by no-see-um bites. For a more natural option you can drink nettle leaf tea.

Apply aloe vera gel

Aloe vera gel can help soothe and moisturize the skin, reducing itching and inflammation. Aloe vera gel may provide immediate relief and help the bite heal.

Use a cold compress.

Applying a cold compress to the bite for 10-15 minutes at a time can help reduce swelling and itching.

Treatments to Get Rid of No-See-Ums

If home remedies don’t do the trick to get rid of these biting gnats, you may want to seek professional help. No-see-ums can be pretty difficult to get rid of or deter without insecticide sprays. Wearing long sleeves and long pants around in your outdoor areas at all times in the hottest months of the year is not ideal.

Since no-see-ums are most prevalent in the warmer weather, that means you may encounter them anytime of year in sunny SWFL, but May through October are the months when you’ll encounter large numbers of them. During this time they can be so bad that you don’t want to spend any time at all in your outdoor spaces. BuzzOFF of SWFL has the solution. Our mosquito treatments are also highly effective at ridding your outdoor spaces of those annoying no-see-ums.

Barrier Treatment

Our barrier treatment is an effective way to get rid of these tiny insects and enjoy your outdoor spaces. Barrier treatments are an economical way to control the insect population in your yard. These treatments, which work to kill mosquito populations as well, are one of the best ways to prevent insect bites and the frustration of these pesky biting bugs. Barrier treatments are done every 2-4 weeks and they are customized to your outdoor spaces for maximum efficacy.

Our technicians will inspect your outdoor area and create a plan to eradicate biting insects with both treatments that kill insects in the air and in harborage and breeding areas. Barrier treatments include jet fogging and larviciding of breeding areas.

Misting System

A residential misting system is much like your irrigation system. It is run discreetly around your property and connected to a tank of insecticide. This system will not affect the aesthetics of your outdoor spaces and will keep your home and yard free of mosquitos and no-see-ums so you can enjoy your time outside.

The system is set on an automatic schedule and runs with little to no attention required. After installation, BuzzOFF will give you a schedule for tank refills, testing, and maintenance of your system. This system is a more long term approach to no-see-um and mosquito control that will pay off and improve your quality of life on a daily basis.

Special Event Treatment

If you’re planning a special outdoor event and you’re worried that your guests may be bothered by no-see-ums and mosquitoes, this treatment is the perfect solution. This one time treatment is usually done the day before an event and can be scheduled as close as a few days from the event.

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