Greetings, as we walk through our grass in central NJ , we have these tiny little white winged biting insects. There are many…many of these. What are they and how do we treat them? They leave these tiny welts all over when they bite. We also have dogs so we would something that is effective but safe.
Not sure what they can be since the description fits a lot of lawn type flying pests that can live around any home. Remember, most any turf has plenty of food and moisture to host a lot of insects and if you’re not treating it on a regular basis, something is going to move in and take over. This is why doing regular pest control around the outside of the home is important.
Mind you nothing extreme is really needed but if you were to apply some granules every 2-3 months, it would no doubt keep things from living there so nothing would have a chance to start nesting and ultimately, causing a more acute problem like you now have.
It’s kind of like brushing your teeth; yeah, it’s a pain to do every morning and night but if you don’t, dental issues will develop. Well, with insects, if you don’t treat around your home on a regular bases, something will move in and eventually get established. And if left to do as they want outside, it’s only a matter of time before they find their way into living spaces. For this reason, a regular maintenance pest control program being done around the outside of any structure is effort and cost well invested.
So what could these little bugs be? My initial guess is thrips or some kind of gnat. Both can infest lawns in large numbers and both can bite. But there are many other insects which can do the same thing so again, I can’t be sure what you’ve got without having a specimen to inspect.
But what I do know is that regardless of what this pest might be, you can knock it out and get control of the problem if you treat both the turf and grass/vegetation in the yard. This will involve two kinds of products; granules and spray. I say this because if this pest is nesting in the grass, it’s larvae will have to feed in the ground or in the grass blades. So if you treat both, you’ll kill the adults and get the larvae hatching from any eggs so effectively, you’ll break the life cycle and in the process, knock them out.
And to accomplish this task, you can use Complete Lawn Granules and Cyonara RTS.
The Complete Lawn Granules should be applied monthly for at least 2 months in a row and every other month thereafter once the problem is gone. Immediately after applying the granules, spray over the top of the same areas with Cyonara RTS. The spray will immediately kill whats active now and help to activate the granules. The granules will take a week or two to make it down into the ground where they will intercept anything that might be developing in the dirt and out of sight. Just keep the pets off the area for an hour or two following the treatment but once the area dries, people and pets can walk and play over the treated area like before with no undue risk or hazard.
More about just how safe these products are to use can be seen here: