NOSEEUM CONTROL


Noseeums are a small blood sucking gnat which are prevalent along coastal territories and regions with a lot of water, dampness and marshland. Also known as Punkies, Black Gnats and No Seeums, these annoying tiny flies are very persistent and prolific. This article will highlight some basic biology about Noseeums and then offer treatment options so you can help to minimize the discomfort and unpleasantness experienced when noseeums are active in your yard.

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NOSEEUM BIOLOGY

Noseeums are small – usually less than 1/8 inch long – but pack a lot of bite for their size. Only females bite but since she needs several blood meals before she lays eggs, they seem to linger longer than other flying pests like mosquitoes. There are many species of noseeum which are found primarily along coastal water ways where marshland and swamps provide the damp, wet environment in which they like to live. However, activity has been found throughout the mainland as well. It is believed that populations have migrated to previously uninfested regions via plants, dirt and pots. Since noseeums can breed successfully in something as little as the soil of a small house plant in a pot, it has been concluded that they have easily been introduced to virtually any part of the United States. There are simply too many ways for them to find these remote areas and though certain conditions need to exist outside for them to live successfully, it is not uncommon for whole populations to find reproductive sites in the home. For this reason noseeums present a unique dilemma making them hard to control.

Noseeums will hatch in the spring emerging as both larva and adults. Adults will immediately look for a good blood meal; larva will spend their time in the wet damp soil growing through several stages. This growth could take as little as a month or more then six months depending on both region and species. Females need blood to start her egg laying and she will seek this food from birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and just about anything which is moving. Closely related to Moth or Drain Flies, Noseeums have a fairly delicate body type. They are easy to kill, not particularly strong and susceptible to many predators. However, what the noseeum lacks in physical presence it more then makes up for in sheer numbers. Noseeums are persistent and annoying. Their bite will cause all types of reactions which range from small swollen bumps to rashes. They are vectors of several diseases including Carrions Disease and Leishmania. For this reason noseeums are feared and rightfully so. Though the likelihood of getting a disease from them is small, the discomfort and pain their bite generates is more then any reasonable person likes to withstand. This is why noseeums are feared more then most any flying biting pest where they are present.

Noseeums are also referred to as No Seeums. This name has been acquired over time because of all the biting stinging pests, noseeums are amongst the smallest. However, they are commonly misidentified and many times blamed for bites or stings when nothing else has been found. There are several insects which could be the cause of such discomfort and if you are not 100% sure that you have Noseeums, you may consider reading up on some of these other prospective pests. The guidelines for trying to determine just what is doing the biting should be first broken down into one of two groups: they can only be either Crawling or Flying pests. There are many crawling and flying pests which could be responsible for bites and stings either in or outside the home. The way to tell what type is responsible is to see where and when the bites occur. If they only occur in one or two regions of the yard or home, you probably have a crawling pest. Flyers can strike from anywhere to anywhere; crawlers take some time to move about and generally will be located in one or two locations. When people and pets are removed from that location they don’t experience any bites or discomfort; as soon as they enter these areas they begin to get bit. Such is the main characteristic of crawling pests.

Here is a short list of such pests which could be biting or stinging.

Flying pests have a much larger range and can attack from greater distances much quicker. With noseeums, it is not uncommon to be attacked as soon as you go outside during certain times of the day.

Her is a short list of flying pests that could behave the same way.

Of all the other pests you might have besides Noseeums, Thrips might be the most aggravating and common which are found biting people. Unlike most biting insects, thrips are not interested in blood. For this reason they are not targeting people due to CO2 or Octenol, two common gases people exhale which biting flies, mosquitoes and noseeums find attractive. Instead, thrips are attracted to wet, moist and damp surfaces like that of a sweating person. They thrive in mulch, flower beds and other damp areas where Noseeums can live as well. However, the treatments for either pest will vary. For this reason it is important that you know just which one you have. Only this knowledge will enable you to make the right decisions regarding which line of products to use and where to apply them

The next section of this article will detail products and treatments that can be used when combating noseeums. First, we will review repellents that can be used on people and premises; next we will detail treatment options which can be done to turf and adjoining property where activity is present.

 

NOSEEUM REPELLENTS

Since noseeums are attracted to people for much the same reasons that mosquitoes are attracted to people, there are several repellents which can be used to help keep them away from people and property. Some can be applied to the turf, others are applied to people. The following is a compilation of products which have proven to help repel noseeums on and around the yard.

Mosquito RepellentIf you are planning a party or some outdoor activity, the use of some NOSEEUM REPELLENT is a good product to apply about 12 hours prior to the event. It works by releasing a slight odor barely detectable by people but one which b;as don’t like. Used a lot for repelling mosquitoes, this product won’t hurt children or pets and will last a week or two depending on local weather patterns.

Mosquito RepellentNoseeum Scat:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/repellents/granules/mosquito-scat

 

NOSEEUM REPELLENT CANDLES

Conceal Jar CandleConceal CandleCombine this with some Linalool Candles for superb control. Made with essential plant oils, these candles will effectively “block” you from biting pests like no-seeums. The burning process will release a nice odor to people which is citrus smelling. In the process the Linalool will permeate the area making biting pests like mosquitoes and no-seeums not able to locate targets. The SMALL CANDLE will last over 30 hours, the LARGE CANDLE will last over 65 hours and the JAR CANDLE will last 75-85 hours. Excellent for decks and patios, these candles can be brought on camping trips and picnics too.

Conceal CandleConceal Candle:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/repellents/fumigant/conceal-candle

Conceal Jar CandleConceal Jar Candle:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/repellents/fumigant/conceal-jar-candle

 

NOSEEUM BITE RELIEF

Sting Relief SwabsIf you experience bites or expect to be getting bit during a field trip or other outdoor activity, bring some STING RELIEF SWABS. This material will take away the itch from newly acquired bites and help deal with the condition until it heals.

Sting Relief SwabsBite Swabs:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/first-aid/stinger-relief-swab-10-pk

Soothing CreamNow to help promote healing, apply GENES SOOTHING CREAM to all damaged skin where noseeums have been active. Do this daily. Genes cream will take away all the bite discomfort and when used every day, promote healthy skin again.

Soothing CreamSoothing Cream:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/first-aid/genes-soothing-cream.html

 

Mosquito BlockerAnother great device for use out on decks, patios or just out in the yard are MOSQUITO BLOCKERS. These are unique repellers which works to “hide” people so noseeums are not able to find you. It releases a scent which works on No Seeums by confusing and taking away their ability to use their olefactory senses properly. By not being able to “smell” people, they are not able to track them down. Noseeums track people by detecting two gases we release called Octenol and CO2. These gases are exhaled when we breathe. As we sit outside exhaling, these gases will permeate out and flow with the local air current. They can be detected by noseeums as well as mosquitoes for over 100 yards. Once these biting pests get on the trail, they will follow it back to it’s source eagerly searching for a blood meal.

Mosquito BlockerMosquito Blocker:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/repellents/electric/mosquito-blocker

 

Mosquito Blocker RefillsBy placing these Blockers out slightly downwind from where you are sitting, noseeums won’t be able to do any tracking. Your exhales are basically being masked so you can sit outside invisible to the local biting insects like noseeums. It is important to understand that any noseeums which are close to where you first go outside will immediately be drawn to you since they are reacting to your visible stimulus and not your exhales. Once this first wave of activity ceases the Blockers will serve to keep new ones away. Be sure to turn them on at least 10 minutes before going outside to get maximum benefit. Also, be sure to keep plenty of BLOCKER REFILLS around so you can change them out as needed.

Mosquito Blocker RefillsMosquito Refills: http://www.bugspraycart.com/repellents/electric/mosquito-blocker-refill-3pk

 

NOSEEUM REPELLENTS FOR PEOPLE

Bug Band AdultAnother fairly effective repellent are the BUG BANDS which can be used on children and adults. They are light, barely noticeable and will confuse biting flies and mosquitoes so they are not able to find you quite as easily as normal. Though one will work well on either wrist, consider keeping one on an ankle as well if you will be wearing shorts.

Bug Band AdultBug Bands:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/repellents/wearable/bug-band-adult

 

Bite ShieldA step up from the Bug Bands is the PERSONAL BITE SHIELD. This device uses the latest natural repellent which is basically comprised of plant oil. Several plants have a natural insect repellent and this compound has been identified and used in the Bite Shields. The device clips on your belt or can be set on a table where you are sitting. When turned on, the little built in fan will blow over replaceable cartridges which in turn will release the active repellent. This product will prove to work the best of all “natural” type products available. Cartridges will last a long time and their odor is barely noticeable and yet pleasant.

Bite ShieldBite Shield:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/repellents/wearable/bite-shield

 

Deet 100%If you want to step up in strength to some true “chemical” repellents, there is always MAXI DEET. This is as strong as it gets; Deet has been proven to effectively repel all kinds of insects and it lasts a long time. We have some scented forms which are not as strong smelling as when Deet is used straight by itself. We also have low odor 100% Deet which is as strong as it gets. Use this on arms, legs, necks and anywhere No Seeums are landing. It will keep them off and away.

Deet 100%Deet 100%: http://www.bugspraycart.com/repellents/liquid/deet-100

 

Permethrin AerosolYou can also treat clothing, equipment and anything else you are carrying on your person with some PERMETHRIN AEROSOL. This is another repellent which many insects just don’t like. They will avoid where it is found and combined with Deet will provide the best personal protection you can get. You can use this on inanimate objects since it will last longer then just deet – usually several days.

Permethrin AerosolPermethrin Aerosol: http://www.bugspraycart.com/repellents/aerosol/permethrin-aerosol-6-oz

 

NOSEEUM YARD SPRAY

Since noseeums like to live where it is moist, damp and shady, there are many locations on anyones property which can serve as both a nesting and breeding ground for this pest. Unlike mosquitoes, noseeums don’t need standing water to reproduce. All they need is moisture. Though you may be subject to getting new ones all the time from surrounding areas like marshes, swamps and shorelines of rivers and oceans, keeping their populations in check on your property will benefit all who live there.

Since noseeums like to nest and live where food is available, once they start biting you on your property they will undoubtedly start laying eggs as close to you as they can. Such “pockets” of noseeums can present a major problem to anyone who walks outside. This is because adult females are poised and ready to feed once they become an adult. If they are growing elsewhere, the chances of you becoming a target are a lot less then if they are breeding right on your property. Furthermore, once they start to feed on your property, they will try to take advantage of any moist areas that can be found. Such areas include clogged gutters, mulch, wood chips, lawn thatch, dripping faucets, planters – both inside and outside, water in tires or other objects found in the yard, drainage ditches, sewers, leaves and just about any place on or close to the ground which is wet. If you irrigate a garden or grass, you have prime turf for noseeums to live!

Hose End SprayerVeg PlusCyonara RTSThe good news is that they are easy to kill. Though strong in numbers, noseeums are quite vulnerable to many products which can be applied to either the turf or the air. Deciding which to use will depend largely on just how much of an area you want to treat. If you reside on a small plot of land or if you have only a small area of land less than 1/2 acre which needs to be protected, you can consider the use of either CYONARA RTS or VEGETABLES PLUS PERMETHRIN. Both are odorless and work well on a wide range of insects. The Cyonara is good for yards 1/4 acre or less and it comes with it’s own hose end sprayer. The Permethrin will prove better cost wise if you plan on treating yards 1/4 to 1/2 acre or larger. Use a HOSE END SPRAYER to treat and be sure to focus your efforts where conditions are good for noseeums to thrive. Applying this product once a month will assuredly prevent any turf area from becoming a reproduction site.

Cyonara RTSCyonara RTS:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/cyonara-32-oz-rts

Veg PlusVegetables Plus Perm: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/veg-plus-10-perm

Hose End SprayerHose End Sprayer:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/sprayers/gilmour-20g-390

 

ORGANIC NOSEEUM SPRAY

Mosquito & Tick Killer RTSPump SprayerMulti-Purpose Insect KillerIf you have an organic vegetable garden and need to spray the plants directly, MULTI PURPOSE INSECT KILLER CONCENTRATE will do a good job. It mixes with water and should be applied with one of our PUMP SPRAYERS and can be used as needed. For large open yard areas, ORGANIC MOSQUITO AND TICK KILLER RTS comes with it’s own sprayer like the Cyonara. Just hook it up to your garden hose and you’re ready to go. Neither one of these organic products will last long so expect to do weekly treatments till the populations are knocked down enough to acceptable levels. Remember, these all these liquid options will be treating the ground and plants and not the air. This is particularly helpful if you know the problem is focused on your property. If you are not sure where they are reproducing or centrally located, consider volumetric or “open air” treatments.

Multi-Purpose Insect KillerOrganic Insect Killer: http://www.bugspraycart.com/organic/liquid/multi-purpose-insect-killer-24-oz

Pump SprayerPump Sprayer: http://www.bugspraycart.com/good/pump-sprayers

Mosquito & Tick Killer RTSOrganic Mosquito Killer: http://www.bugspraycart.com/organic/liquid/mosquito-tick-killer-32-oz-rts

 

NOSEEUM AEROSOL TREATMENTS – GOOD FOR INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE HOME

Space spraying has long been the standard way to treat for mosquitoes and may be necessary for your noseeums problem. Since noseeums are able to fly, they may be coming to your yard for food and living directly alongside your land in wet, swampy conditions that offer shade and moisture. Such conditions, when large, are hard to treat with Permethrin as described above. To penetrate dense foliage or to cover large areas quickly, space spraying is the preferred method of treatment.

PT 565 XLOYou may be able to treat small areas like this with an aerosol like PT-565 XLO. This product uses pyrethrum as the active ingredient and will kill noseeums quickly. Spray it around decks and picnic areas to provide yourself with a few hours of relief. It is easy to use and is great for around the garden, deck, patio or back yard area. It’s safe enough to be used inside the home too. Use it daily in any room experiencing problems. It just takes a second or two of release to treat the average room.

PT 565 XLOPT-565: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/pt-565-xlo

 

Flying Insect KillerIf someone has a “pyrethrin sensitivity issue”, then use a new synthetic called FLYING INSECT KILLER. It has a different odor and is definitely a “stronger” material for noseeums and has certain advantages. Besides using a different active, Flying Insect Killer is also water based. This means its ideal for indoor use as well. Water based aerosols are less likely to have a reaction with treated surfaces and if you intend on using either in the home, this could be a matter of consideration. However, either aerosol product is limited for small areas only.

Flying Insect KillerFlying Insect Killer:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/flying-insect-killer

 

Purge IIIAerosol DispenserNow if want something more “permanent”, install an AEROSOL MACHINE with some PURGE 3. These machines can be set to go off hourly, can be safely used in the home and won’t pose a hazard to people or pets. They’re ideal for ongoing flying pests like no seeums, mosquitoes, biting flies and gnats.

Aerosol DispenserAerosol 1000:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/foggers/aerosol-dispenser-1000

Purge IIIPurge: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/purge-iii-6-25-oz

 

 

NOSEEUM ORGANIC AEROSOLS

Houseplant Insect KillerFlying Insect KillerIf the areas you want to treat are being used for something like organic gardening, you should consider one of our organic products. These products will not last as long residual wise like the aerosols listed above but they do provide quick relief from most any pest and can be used as needed since they don’t pose a hazard to people or the environment. We now have two options that work well for noseeums. For small outside areas like a deck or patio, ORGANIC FLYING INSECT KILLER is a good choice. It can be used inside and outside for space or open air spraying. If you are finding the noseeums only on your plants or in the house, get the ORGANIC HOUSEPLANT INSECT KILLER. It’s labeled to sprayed directly on the plant and can be used in the garden, in the house and pretty much anywhere you need to spray.

Flying Insect KillerOrganic Flying Insect Killer: http://www.bugspraycart.com/organic/aerosol/flying-insect-killer-14-oz

Houseplant Insect KillerHouse Plant Insect Killer: http://www.bugspraycart.com/organic/aerosol/houseplant-insect-killer-10-oz

 

NOSEEUM CONTROL FOGGING MACHINES

Fogmaster 6208 TrijetFogmaster 6309If you are treating a really large area, use a fogging machine like the FM6309. These machines are able to pump a lot of chemical over a large area in a short amount of time. They create a “fog” or “mist” which floats around plant leaves and other areas noseeums like to hide. This machine produces a cold fog which is adequate for most home owner applications. It is able to treat 1/4 to 1/2 acre in less than 20 minutes. (The machine will pump a gallon of material in around 12 minutes, but it takes extra time to drag the extension cord to new treatment areas.) If you have a lot of small areas to treat, you may prefer the FM6208. This fogger is a step up from the FM6309 because it has a volume control switch which allows you to adjust the rate of flow. It still uses electricity to power it, but unlike the FM6309 it has a rotation switch which can be set to off, low, medium or high. This can be a real help for two reasons. First, you are able to turn it keep it low when treating around the home and you only need a light mist. Such treatments can be tough with the FM6309 because it only fogs at one speed – high! When you try to treat alongside a structure, the fog is so strong it will bounce off the building and come back at you. If you have to do a lot of this type of fogging, get the FM6208. It not only lets you turn it down for these types of delicate applications but the rotating switch will let you turn chemical flow off. Though the machine is still on and trying to fog, it will quickly run dry. This is handy if you are interrupted during treatment. Simply turn the switch to off and let the fogger use up what’s in it’s system. Now you can store it for a few days without worrying about the insides getting clogged.

283226FM6309:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/foggers/fogmaster-6309-120-v

Fogmaster 6208 TrijetFM 6208: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/foggers/fogmaster-6208-trijet-120-v

 

Fogmaster 5330Fogmaster 7807 With ExtTwo other models you may want to consider are the FM7807 and the MINI FOGGER. The FM7807 features the same controls as the FM6208 but also has a long extension. This extension is great for reaching high, under and around things which other machines have difficulty covering. The FM7807 also features a quick on/off control on the wand; great for when you need precise control of flow. The Mini Fogger is basically a compact version designed for the person who has only a very small area to treat. It can cover areas from 2500-5000 sq/ft very well. It uses electricity, has a volume control and a quart holding tank. Great for the condo or townhouse owner who has a small area to treat.

Fogmaster 7807 With ExtFM 7807:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/foggers/fogmaster-7807-120v-w16-ext

Fogmaster 5330Mini Fogger: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/foggers/fogmaster-5330-120-volt

 

Solo Mistblower BackpackAll these foggers are great for jobs around the home but they do require electricity and are not nearly as portable as the BACKPACK FOGGER. This device has over a two gallon tank and is gas powered. Perfect for those large jobs where electricity is not available. Simply fill up the holding tank, make sure you have enough gas in the tank and you can go wherever the noseeums may be hiding! Great for property where being free from electric cords is necessary or if you have a lot of areas to treat on a regular basis but need to move from one point to another as you treat.

Solo Mistblower BackpackBack Pack Fogger: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/foggers/solo-mistblower-backpack

 

NOSEEUM FOGGING CONCENTRATES

Permethrin 10ExciterOnce you decide on which type of fogger will fits your needs, you will have to get some chemical. Use water as the carrier with these machines and try to reach as much of the shady, undercover where noseeums tend to nest. Though products like Malathion have been used over the years for such applications, you will achieve better results with Pyrethrum and Permethrin and they have little if any odor. PYRETHRUM 6% is natures own pesticide and is very active on noseeums. It will kill adults on contact and works on many other flying insects as well. As good as Pyrethrum is, it will not provide any residual. Mix PERMETRHIN in the tank for better results. Permethrin does not provide the quick kill like Pyrethrum but it does last from 1-2 weeks.

Exciter6 % Pyrethrin: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/exciter-16-oz

Permethrin 10Permethrin 10:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/permethrin-10

 

EssentriaFor sensitive areas around water ways, the ESSENTRIA IC is a federally exempt concentrate made from essential plant oils that’s both safe and effective. This mixture is very effective for flying pests like noseeums and can be used around boat docks, marshlands, streams, ponds and lakes without posing a hazard to people, animals or aquatic life.

EssentriaEssentria IC3: http://www.bugspraycart.com/exempt/liquid/eco-excempt-gal

 

Nylar IGRFor even longer control, add some NYLAR to the mix. This special material is a “growth regulator” which means it intercepts or blocks the development of certain insects like noseeums, gnats and black flies. In the long run, using Nylar will effectively be able to stop the noseeums from reproducing. It will also last long so new ones entering the area won’t be able to lay eggs that will prosper.

Nylar IGRNylar: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/igr/igr-nylar

 

Aquacide WBYou can get a ready to use mix from us which is water based. AQUACIDE uses Pyrethrin as the active and that’s it; there is no component to provide residual protection. That means you’ll need to use it over and over. However, there are some situations which require a pyrethrin based product alone and if you have a small area to treat, Aquacide might be a good choice.

Aquacide WBAquacide:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/aquacide-wb-gallon

 

If you have larger areas to fog than an acre, you should consider moving up to a thermal fogger. Thermal foggers are “hot”; that is, they heat the chemical before it is released. This type of fog is lighter and comprised of smaller sized particles than that of a cold fog. This enables the applicator to cover a much larger area in a lot less time since you don’t have to make as much of an effort to get complete coverage. Air movement will help to carry and distribute the fog out to areas which are remote and hard to reach with a cold fog. Thermal foggers are more thorough during application and require an oil based formulation instead of water. The fog will stay in the air longer and penetrate more providing better performance than fogs created by electric machines. However, there are some tradeoff for this better performance.

PT 565 XLOFirst, machines are costly. Don’t waste you time with $100.00 to $200.00 units found at some hardware stores. These devices will create some fog, but the flow is so weak and slow you are better off using the PT-565XLO listed above. If you have anything larger than a few thousand feet to treat, these cheap machines are just not able to do the job adequately. If you have a large area that you want to keep noseeum free, invest your money with a machine that will do the job.

PT 565 XLOPT-565: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/pt-565-xlo

 

Golden EagleThe GE THERMAL FOGGER is gas powered, electric start and lightweight. It can be carried easily to treat large areas or you can let it run out the back of your ATV or truck as you drive through the property you are treating. This machine will create a fog which is light, penetrating and very effective for blackfly control. Be sure to use the proper material when fogging to achieve the best results.

Golden EagleGolden Eagle:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/foggers/golden-eagle-hot-fogger

 

Deodorized OilCIRRUS FOGGING CONCENTRATEEssentria IC ConcentrateInsecticide 300 Oil BasedFor any type of hot fogger, you’ll need some kind of OIL BASED PYRETHRUM to apply. This formulation will provide a quick knockdown of existing populations and can be used safely both inside and outside the home.

To save on costs, consider making your own fogging compound. This can be done by mixing either ESSENTRIA IC or CIRRUS to DEODORIZED OIL. This will prove to be the most economical formulation in the long run and probably a smart investment if you intend on treating large areas throughout the pest season. Like fogging with electric foggers you may need to treat twice a week initially to get control of bad problems. But once you knock down the local population, treatments will last longer allowing you to space out the frequency to 1-2 a month.

Insecticide 300 Oil BasedOil Based Fogging Compound: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/insecticide-300-ob-gallon

Essentria IC Fogging ConcentrateEssentria IC3: http://www.bugspraycart.com/exempt/liquid/eco-excempt-gal

CIRRUS FOGGING CONCENTRATECirrus:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/cirrus_fogging_concentrate.html

Deodorized OilDeodorized Oil: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/deodorized-oil

 

In summary, noseeums can be a tough pest once active around your yard. To help keep them off people who are active outside, use any of the repellents we have featured above. If you want to control local populations which are breeding on or near where you are living, use some Permethrin. Fogging with any of the machines we feature is better suited for large areas since it will get coverage faster and more thoroughly. Remember to treat throughout the active season and you should be able to keep this persistent and problematic pest under control.


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Comments on NOSEEUM CONTROL Leave a Comment

April 1, 2012

muriel maxfield @ 6:52 am #

How about dogs? Do they get bit? Mine seems to be itching so much but do not find bites.

April 14, 2012

sidney @ 6:26 pm #

I live in Florida on east coast, not on the ocean, and have a problem with no see um in my home. What can I use to get rid of them and to keep them away?

April 15, 2012

Donald @ 12:02 pm #

Great information! Thanks for your help!

David Brown @ 9:19 pm #

I live on the west coast right on the water 15 ft. We have a roof deck that the no seeums are swarming us. Is there a safe spray that could be used at the ground level that would kill them? Would propane bug traps work?

April 16, 2012
April 21, 2012

Colleen Espersen @ 11:08 am #

What about indoors? Our dogs have brought some biting insect indoors. What can I use inside that won’t harm dogs or kids?

May 11, 2012

james derry @ 4:06 pm #

We are building a house that is in an area that suffers a lot from No seeums (and other bugs). I found your article very helpful, thank you.

I was contemplating buying one or two gas machines that issue heat, CO2, light etc that attracts the bugs and then kills them inside the machine. I gather it takes some time to break the reproduction cycle but once you are on top of it, I believe they are effective. What is your opinion on these machines?

I am interested in the commercial fogger too as we have a lot size of about 2.5 acres but we have the rain forest (we are in Panama, Central America) right next door which clearly is a breeding ground too, so we would fog there too.

Your advice will be gladly received.

June 19, 2012

Kimberly @ 11:43 am #

Thank you so much for the info on this site… we have used pesticides on our yard because every time I go outside I get ate up by these little reddish orange flying bugs …I am the usual target and taking a few baths a day to kill the ones that were in my hair, etc. I have never seen these bugs before but then again it has been 2 years since we treated the yard last….I am so frustrated with these no-see-ums they love to bite me and definitely bite more than once…they love our pool too! I am going to try the products that were suggested thx again; greatly appreciate the information!

August 1, 2012

Stefanie @ 4:05 pm #

Thank you for your informative article! They are driving me nuts!!

August 7, 2012

Scarla Armstrong @ 8:30 pm #

Thank you so much for the information! I live on a pond.. very moist area and the no seeums are terrible..I can just step out the door and I am eaten alive! My home is on approximately 1/4 to 1/2 acre of land…Backed up to the pond with trees, vines and just a swampy area…. I am thinking about trying the Vegetables Plus Permethrin… Would you agree or should I try something else? My goal is to get rid of them! They are such a painful nuisance! Keeping outdoor activities at a minimum! Oh.. and would planting eucalyptus or anything else help? Please help! I welcome any advice!

August 9, 2012

Chuck @ 7:27 pm #

I have a 1 acre property on the beach in the caribbean. No see ums are a problem when the wind is calm. I am considering getting a Solo gas powered sprayer and using a combination of Pyrethrum and Cyonara 9.7 to get both a quick kill and a week or more of staying power. Is this a good combination or do you have a better recommendation.

August 10, 2012
August 21, 2012

marc @ 7:45 pm #

Hi,
I am reading all of your info on various biting bugs etc. but now am more confused as to what is biting me. I live in central texas where its been really dry and hot and every time I go outside I get bit by bugs that I am not seeing. What do you think they are and what would be the best way to treat my property? Its a very small lot and no excess water standing anywhere. Please help. I’m tired of getting bit. Thanks.

August 24, 2012

Barbara @ 4:26 pm #

I live on 5+ acres in central NH. It is very swampy all around my property. In the spring there is often standing water in the pasture. In addition to the Noseeums there are these small black bugs that swarm around my horses. Mid summer is the worst the horses stay inside the run in shed to escape the bugs and while working with horses the bugs swarm around people but do not seem to bite. They are vey annoying. Is this a type of noseeum is there any thing I can do to eliminate the problem that is safe for the horse people and other pets?

August 25, 2012
October 9, 2012

timothy gamble @ 2:31 pm #

Please tell me what to use in my home to kill off gnats or no-see-ums. It must be pet friendly for I have pets!

January 15, 2013

Abraham Kalderon @ 10:10 am #

Hello, I live in the center of the noseeums area and would like you to recommend an automatic fumigation system to control these little monsters. I would like to control 5 acres. I also have sand flies in an area of 10 acres that is a problem. If you want to torture somebody, this is the perfect place!

April 10, 2013

Micah @ 12:53 pm #

I have 5 acres that I need to treat for a variety of “No Seeums”. My concern is that we have 5 horses, 5 goats that graze on the areas that these annoying creatures are in. I am looking at using a fogger or mister, but I need to know what product to put in it that is safe for the animals to graze on after application. I am currently treating for an insane overproduction of stinging needle and other various weeds that have taken over the place since the last owner departed. Thank you.

June 18, 2013

Steve Scaggs @ 6:37 pm #

I have a restaurant in South Florida on the intracoastal waterway that has a large mangrove area across the waterway. The noseeums are a problem usually around 5pm-8pm while customers are dining. How would you suggest resolving this problem? We can’t spray the mangroves unfortunately. Part of the restaurant is over the water on pilings.

November 21, 2013

JoAnn @ 12:44 pm #

We are in an RV park in a very beachy area for the winter. For the month we’ve been here the noseeums have been awful. They love me but not my husband. I have not been able to go outside. Which product would you suggest to use around our rv site? Is there something we could treat the screens with? Thanks for any help.

November 23, 2013
May 23, 2014

mike mallette @ 10:03 am #

I have noseeums all over the side of my house. What can I spray on there to keep them away?

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