We have these in our home in everything and We have tried every product on the market to get rid of them including bombing twice. Even exterminators have told us they can’t guarantee to get rid of them. We live in South Fla. They have been biting me for five months and won’t leave me alone day and night with nights and early a.m being the worst. My husband only feels them once in a while. There is no where in my home I’m not being bitten. Can you help me? I spray myself with all kinds of chemicals including deet and they still keep biting me. I can’t keep breathing all these chemicals on my skin and clothing. I’m miserable!!!!
First, I suggest you refrain from using repellents inside the house. Repellents are designed for outside where there is a wide range of targets for biting/annoying insects. In the home where there might be only 1-2 people active, repellents loose their effectiveness and should not be relied upon to any degree. Based on your note above, it’s obvious you need to address the problem more directly which in turn will alleviate the infestation. Only then will the no-see-um activity cease and you’ll be left alone.
To start, I suggest making sure you aren’t being invaded by no-see-ums somehow getting inside through open windows or doors. Identifying the source of the problem is paramount to solving it. When it comes to invasive insects like no-see-ums, the first rule is make sure you aren’t allowing them direct access to the home. Once you know they aren’t flying inside through some open vent, window or crack, you can start looking inside for any viable nest site.
In the home no-see-ums will need a good supply of moisture to nest and reproduce. This could be in a damp crawl space or some other moist location like potted plants or standing water. Litter boxes, basements, window sills and many other locations found in homes all present prime nest sites for no-see-ums and should be inspected to make sure they aren’t involved. The simple act of watering household plants during the winter creates prime nest sites for many insects including no-see-ums. And the use of “bombs” or any aerosol space spray won’t stop the nesting and reproduction that might be happening in the plants or any of the aforementioned locations so based on your note above, I’m not sure anything has been done yet that could possibly stop the reproduction cycle of whatever pest is involved.
Lastly, are you sure you have no-see-ums? There are many insects that can invade and nest in a home which will bite. The short list includes biting flies, fleas, thrips, straw itch mites, mosquitoes, gnats and chiggers. Florida is home to all these pests and more importantly, the environment is both warm and moist enough to allow them all to prosper all year long.
At this time I suggest you get a definite handle on what pest is involved. To do this, you should set out some GLUEBOARDS throughout the home and see what they catch. HEATED FLEA TRAPS should also be set out. They use heat to attract biting pests and will many times catch the culprit pest involved. Once the species is identified, a proper pest control program can be initiated to stop the infestation once and for all. Though we have several space sprays that can be used like PT-565 or ORGANIC FLYING INSECT SPRAY, I don’t believe either will stop the cycling of the insect involved here so for now, I don’t think using either will help. True they might kill what’s active so you may get relief for a day or so, the problem is many of these pests reproduce so quickly you’ll see them again in little time.
No-see-ums are easy to control once you know their main nest site. Up to this point, I’m not sure anyone has done this for the current infestation in your home. Locate the source as well as the exact insect involved and I’m 100% sure we can help you eliminate the problem. If you have further questions or concerns, please give us a call on our toll free 1-800-877-7290.
Hi so i have noseeums in my apartment and the bug guys said that they are in my house plants.. i was wondering how to get rid them in my plants with out killing the plants???
thank you very much!
Tech Support says
@guest: House plants will harbor many kinds of insects including noseeums. There are lots of treatment options that won’t “kill your plants” including traditional pesticides as well as some organic options.
The simplest option would be to spray some PT-565 around the plants every evening before retiring. This uses Pyrethrin as the active and would kill any adults out in the open. This won’t solve the problem but will address the symptom. To solve the problem, treat the soil of the plants by adding some Bifen concentrate to your watering can. When watering the plants, the Bifen will trickle down in the soil and kill anything nesting there.
If you prefer organic options, go with the House Plant Insect Killer in place of the 565. Like the 565, this product is an aerosol and should be applied every night till they’re gone. And for the soil, use the organic Multipurpose Insect Killer concentrate. This can be mixed with water and then used in a watering can to be applied to the plants. It will work like the Bifen and by penetrating the soil, effectively kill anything nesting in the pots.
Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:
House Plant Insect Killer: http://www.bugspraycart.com/organic/aerosol/houseplant-insect-killer-10-oz
Multipurpose Insect Killer: http://www.bugspraycart.com/organic/liquid/multi-purpose-insect-killer-24-oz
I was in FL about 10 days ago and didn’t notice any bug bites, but now after I’ve been home for about 1 wk. and a half, I have, what I believe to be, no-see-um bites on my arms, legs, and ankles. Why did it take so long to appear? Do they live on clothing and when I put my things away are they multiplying?????
Tech Support says
People react to bug bites in different ways. Its not unusual for someone to have a reaction 5-10 days after a bite. That being said, most people will notice mosquitoes, noseeums or fly bites within a day so I suspect whatever is biting you now is most likely something in your home or out in the yard.
As for anything hitching a ride home with you from FL; of course thats possible. But its more likely whatever is biting is something local. As we move from spring to summer throughout the US, any of the aforementioned pests will be quite active and if I knew where you reside, I’d be able to tell you with certainty what’s active in your region at this time.
My sister lives in an apartment and after the landlord had mulch put out they have what we think is no see ums. We live in northern alabama and these bugs are making their life miserable. They have had pest control out to spray, they have bowl of vinegar and dawn sitting everywhere, they have bought the heated flea traps and have them out. Nothing is helping the problem. Can you help us??????
Tech Support says
No doubt noseeums are still very active throughout the southern regions. The continuing warm temps combined with rain has empowered them to thrive and we’re getting reports of them active both outside and inside the home.
Ideally it would be best if she could spray outside with something like Cyonara RTS. By reducing the outside activity, it will cut down on any trying to get inside which typically happens in the fall.
For inside the home, she should set up Aerosol Machines equipped with Metered Insecticide. These will release a small blast of pyrethrin every 15 minutes which will kill any active pest. Since the machines work around the clock, insects will die as soon as they hatch or enter from outside so results are quick and as long as she keeps the machines running, she will keep the treated areas pest free.
One machine will cover up to 400 sq/ft and refill cans will last 30 days so make sure she gets enough to protect the whole apartment.
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