I live in Austin TX and have recently been getting bitten by something very small. I usually can never get a glimpse of what is biting me. The bites usually happen in the living room while I am sitting on the couch and I get bit around the ankles. There is also a rug in front of the couches on top of a wood floor. Initially I thought it was fleas, since I have a cat, but I have been treating my cat for fleas. Additionally, I left the house for 11 days and the cat was at a friends house but I was bit the moment I stepped back in the house. I have not found any method online that claims they can rid houses of no see ums. I do have a compost that is located outside, as well as keeping a bowl in the kitchen to throw compostable foodstuffs in. I am assuming that the compost is the problem, but I haven't found a solution if that is the case and don't know how to confirm that is the problem in the first place. Any help would be greatly appreciated as these bites are quite annoying and sometimes blister and last for weeks if I scratch them too much.
Thanks for your help!
Not knowing the exact pest causing the problem can make for a delayed pest resolution. Proper pest id is critical if you want to solve the issue in a cost effective, safe fashion. At this point, I'm leaning toward fleas. As our FLEA CONTROL ARTICLE explains, fleas don't want to live on people but when pets are removed from a location with active fleas, they'll quickly start attacking any humans they find. And when they do, they typically take a bite and jump away. Based on what you're experiencing, it sounds like fleas.
But to be sure, I suggest you set out at least one of our FLEA TRAPS. These work well attracting any type of insect which is prone to biting people. Heat seeking pests will get stuck in the glue and within a week or two, you should catch a few so proper id will be possible. I also suggest setting out a bunch (6-12) of our SCENTED INSECT GLUE TRAPS. These are inexpensive and can be deployed all over the home to better cover a lot of area efficiently. In most cases they'll catch a few pests so again, proper id can be made.
Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:
Flea Control Article: http://www.flea.net/flea-control