Insect bites come in a variety of ways. Some will get you in the light of day, while others attack under cover of darkness. Some pests crawl up your leg to bite you, and others attack you in flight—and it’s those flying insects that are the most difficult to avoid as they can come at you using all kinds of strategies and angles of approach.
Depending on their location, no-see-ums and mosquitoes are two of the most common types of biting pest. Here’s a look at these two flying bugs and how you can tell which of them has taken a bite out of you.
What is a No-See-Um?
No-see-ums, also known as biting midges, are tiny flies (less than 1/8” long) that bother anyone who spends time outdoors, especially near water. They lay their eggs in moist soil in salt marshes, swamps, and agricultural areas.
There are more than 4,000 species of no-see-ums worldwide and around 600 in North America. There are 47 species of no-see-ums in Florida alone, and seven of these are considered pests to humans. Biting midge populations are heaviest on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, the San Francisco Bay area, the Northeast, and the Southwest.
What is a Mosquito?
As Floridians know well, mosquitoes are pesky flying insects of which there are 3,500 varying species on almost every continent. As spreaders of malaria, mosquitos are responsible for 627, 000 deaths in 2020, making them the deadliest animal on Earth. Contrary to what many people believe, however, not all mosquitoes bite people or animals, but those that do could spread germs and disease. Others, called nuisance mosquitoes, bite without spreading germs.
Adult mosquitoes can live indoors and outdoors and bite at all hours. They have a 2 to 4-week lifespan, depending on the species, and only females do the biting (they need the blood to produce eggs) and live a little longer than the males.
No-See-Um Bites vs. Mosquito Bites
In states like Florida—with our tropical climate and near-stagnant freshwater Everglades—both mosquito and no-see-um bites are common. But what are the primary differences between no-see-um bites vs mosquito bites? It can be challenging for most people to identify the biting insect, but a few telltale signs help you, including how long the bites last, when the bites appear, and what they look like.
No-see-um bites show up in small, dark red clusters, usually a day or more after the bite occurs. They tend to take longer to heal (up to two weeks) and are more painful than mosquito bites. No-see-ums use the sharp, saw-like parts of their mouth to slice into the skin, so there is often a severe reaction to no-see-um bites. An allergic reaction to no-see-um bites can manifest as a fever, redness, swelling, breathing problems, swollen glands, and other more severe symptoms.
On the other hand, mosquitoes inject their straw-like mouths into the skin to extract blood. Mosquito bites show up as spaced-out welts instead of in clusters. The bites are usually relatively flat with a bit of puffiness, and if you don’t scratch them, mosquito bites typically flatten out and disappear within a day or two.
Put an End to Midge And Mosquito Bites in Florida…and Anywhere Else, For that Matter
Using Zoecon Essentria IC3 Concentrate Insecticide in the Mistmaster 3-in-1 Compact Misting System is a surefire way to halt severe no-see-um bites and nasty mosquito bites. They work together to provide sustainable control using all-natural essential oils to control insects while keeping your family and pets safe.
Pour the insecticide into the Mistmaster and watch the unit deliver fine droplets of the treatment evenly over any designated area. The portable tool can be used with its built-in blower, or by attaching the misting wand. You can also install a stationary misting system and use one or more of its accessories to cover your designated area by remote control.
Talk to the Professionals About No-See-Um and Mosquito Control
At Bask, we are dedicated to helping people enjoy their favorite places, outdoors or indoors, without the insect bites spoiling their fun. Our misting system has advantages over traditional spray methods, assisting individuals and businesses in sanitizing surfaces, eradicating molds, controlling insects, nurturing plants, and eliminating odors.
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