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Happenings in the insect world
by Diana
on September 2, 2013 at 8:48 PM
I have been bitten all over my legs and arms by these No See Ums. I could feel something hut didn't see anything. Being type 1 Diabetic very difficult to control since my welts have formed scabs from itching. I just can't help but itch!!
by Cindy
on September 11, 2013 at 2:14 PM
I'm in North Phoenix, AZ and we've had no see-ums in our house since 8/1/2013. We had the house sealed by a pest control company, but they're so tiny, they get in every day anyway. I was being bitten repeteadly every day until I bought no see-um netting jacket and pants on Amazon. Some days are worse than others, especially since they come out in swarms. Mosquito coils work ok to repel them, but even 100% DEET doesn't work. I keep a lint roller handy to kill as many of the ones that land on me as possible. I found that putting oil on my hands helps to drown them; it was scary to find out how many were flying around my hands! I'm starting to lose hope that they will die off soon! If anyone has any other recommendations on how to get rid of them, please let me know.
by Kim
on September 11, 2013 at 11:26 PM
In the last week or so I have been bitten by these no-see-ums to such a horrible degree, as well as a bunch of my neighbors. The itching from these bites is so drives me crazy! I live in West Davis, near the greenbelt/pond.
by kathy
on October 23, 2013 at 9:46 PM
I live in Denver Colorado recently I've been getting bit and the same marks are the ones that I see on you the little dot dot and no um Swelling but they itch a little and they sting when they bite you what can I do about it I'm a cancer patient just had 8 hours of surgery and I'm so miserable
by kathy
on October 23, 2013 at 9:48 PM
I live in Denver Colorado recently I've been getting bit and the same marks are the ones that I see on you the little dot dot and no um Swelling but they itch a little and they sting when they bite you what can I do about it I'm a cancer patient just had 8 hours of surgery and I'm so miserable had or can come out check for bedbugs and fleas and they can't find anything so this is the only other thing I can think of can help I'm not sleeping and I'm dead tired as it is I've got a catheter in my chest and then growing in my other arm so I can't even use my my arms please give me some info and some help on the situation thank you
by Sloan Marlowe
on October 26, 2013 at 5:38 PM
Horrible in LA-Angeles Nat'l Forest. I also have yellow jackets and just put out the traps from Home Depot. They are catching many of these no see ums!!!! YAY! I don't have them inside,but if they start biting inside I will get more of these. They aren't expensive. Otherwise, I bought net pants and jacket made by Bug Out Outdoorwear and it works great.
by Mercedes
on February 2, 2014 at 12:30 PM
We live in Hampton,TN, we have problem with no-see-ums in the house and the cars. How do we get rid of them? We need help.
by Robert Paine
on February 8, 2014 at 5:01 AM
I get bitten a lot, my wife doesn't? I drink diet pop she doesn't? I have high blood sugar, she doesnot. I have never seen one. Once the itch starts I try to itch the spot until it opens up the skin a little, then I apply vinegar. If the vinegar stings that is good because I know the acid in the vinegar is reacting to the bit posion. At least this way the bites heal up a lot faster and do not drive me crazy. Good Luck.
by Jennifer
on March 21, 2014 at 8:05 PM
We were in the Bahamas in February and got completely covered in bites from the no-see-ums. The people I was with healed faster than me because they refused to itch their bites. I tried every cream and medication out there (including antihistamines) and they were still ridiculously itchy. The only thing that helped me stop itching was ICE. I sat there for a whole day changing ice packs to stop the itch. After that they started to heal.
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on March 25, 2014 at 2:04 AM
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by Joyce Burke
on May 8, 2014 at 12:37 PM
I am almost 68 years old, have been living in Lake Lure, North Carolina for 23 years, and although I'm originally from Massachusetts and Connecticut and have heard of noseeums/sand fleas, I have never been a 'victim.' About a week ago I started itching, thinking they were mosquito bites. But the itch, as you've all noted, is unbelievably itchy. It can drive a person totally nuts in no time! I tried ammonia, which takes the itch away (sold in vials called After Bite' but you can buy a gallon of amonia a lot cheaper ... buy the gallon jug and you can refill the After Bite vial), and Cortaid or cortisone cream. Although these helped somewhat, I was covered with about 80 bites and, not being able to stop scratching, I now have huge welts and a red ring around the bite site. My ankles and lower legs look like port wine birthmarks. I am so embarrassed, so much so that I cannot wear dresses or shorts. They have bitten my legs, arms and back, and the last straw was the bite on my 'who-who' --- I finally went to my family doctor, who prescribed prednisone pills. I take 2 pills a day for one week, then one pill a day for one week. Although they are a corticosteroid, they are the only thing that will totally eradicate the bites and itching. And the good news is that they are on my pharmacy's $3 generic list! I'm still getting bit by these devil fleas, but the itching is less and my doctor said I will notice a huge difference in just a few days, and it will all go away by the time I have used up all the pills. I hope this helps --- I don't like to take drugs, but this is only short term, and the itching is so bad I had no choice (I couldn't sleep --- even got bitten tons of times in my sleep. You just can't focus on anything else, the itch is so severe). Good luck to all of you fighting this curse --- they should have noseeums in Hell --- it's the perfect punishment for sinners! God bless y'all !
by Kathy
on May 26, 2014 at 9:56 PM
I have tried Australian tea tree oil (meleleuka).. With VERY GOOD RESULTS. Also peppermint oil. But mainly tea tree oil applied when you are first bitten. It cools it and thus, the itchiness is very much lessened. You need to use 100% full strength.  
May God bless you as you search for remedies.
by Tara
on June 2, 2014 at 5:15 PM
I just can't figure out why if there's 10 people outside only I get tons of bites (a few others got a few) and it takes 2 weeks? for mine to heal (where the others are nearly better by morning). Craziness. Well, I've tried Off (spray can and pump)to prevent the bites but no luck. Then for the itching I've tried the After Bite pens, Cortizone 10 cream, Benedryl spray and cream, Calamine lotion..clear and pink, and Benedryl tabs. The Caladryl Plus (clear) put on literally like lotion helps. Not so much on the rest :/ But the best remedy I've found!!!! clear nail polish! it looks ridiculous (especially as it starts to lift after a day or two) but it actually makes them stop itching! Buy the cheap NYC or Wet N Wild brand in the drugstore for $.99. Actually buy 2 so you don't go bonkers when you can't find the first one and you're itching like crazy :0 Hope this helps someone.
by Tara
on June 2, 2014 at 5:16 PM
I just can't figure out why if there's 10 people outside only I get tons of bites (a few others got a few) and it takes 2 weeks? for mine to heal (where the others are nearly better by morning). Crazyness. Well, I've tried Off (spray can and pump)to prevent the bites but no luck. Then for the itching I've tried the After Bite pens, Cortizone 10 cream, Benedryl spray and cream, Calamine lotion..clear and pink, and Benedryl tabs. The Caladryl Plus (clear) put on literally like lotion helps. Not so much on the rest :/ But the best remedy I've found!!!! clear nail polish!!! it looks ridiculous (especially as it starts to lift after a day or two) but it actually makes them stop itching!! Buy the cheap NYC or Wet N Wild brand in the drugstore for $.99. Actually buy 2 so you don't go bonkers when you can't find the first one and you're itching like crazy :0 Hope this helps someone.
by Sandra
on June 5, 2014 at 7:31 AM
Ditto on the intense itching. I have been using pure therapeutic grade essential oil on the bites, specifically one called Purification. The testimonies say it neutralizes the venom which has proven to be true. I also carry Thieve Spray which helps when one spot won't stop itching - it has clove oil which numbs the spot and it also is antiseptic. The brand I use is sold as Young Living which you can buy directly from company on line or from a distributor.  
Still not pleasant experience but at least the oils work and they are safe even for kids.
by Sandra gouge
on June 8, 2014 at 5:35 PM
Joyce. funny! Noseeums in he'll.... I'm ate up from head to toe! how can I make this evil bug leave the premises? What attracts them? Why do they eat some people and not others. how do I male the itch go away. bakingsoda and water putty helped for a moment. HELP ME PLEASE. Can we simply change the makeup of the soil but still I'm the only one they bite at friends house in Marion nc
by J. Mandel
on June 8, 2014 at 6:32 PM
A Benadryl spray helped stop itch and dry up bites:  
I moved to AZ about 3 years ago from back East and had never heard of these bugs until recently. I went on vacation a couple of weeks ago and a couple days prior I started to get an irritated itchy feeling on my stomach area. I didn't think much of it because i get a lot of skin irritations but a day or so later after i was on my vacation and red bumps started to appear all over my torso and they were incredibly itchy. the bumps were raised, circular, looked like a ring with a dot in the middle. they would get inflamed and so itchy it started to get me really worried. i had no idea what it was. i thought it felt and looked like chicken pocks but they were only on my torso. i did my best to ignore the itching and enjoy my vacation. it would itch all night and heat and being covered with clothing made it feel worse. after showering the irritation increased. I tried applying hydrocortizone cream but it didn't improve or feel better. i thought to take Benadryl but i know from experience how lethargic that makes me so by the 3rd day i found and bought a Benadryl like spray and sprayed it on the bites a few times a day and within a day or two i felt much better. the bites didn't itch much anymore and started to dry up. it has been about 3 weeks and the marks from the bites are still visible and seem to get irritated again after being out in the sun so laying out in the sun has proved to be a bad idea at the moment. i fear i will experience these bites again, due to these no see ums being so common. i probably have experienced them in the past but not so profound, i just didn't know that's what it was. i do now and it really creeps me out. at least the Benadryl spray worked pretty good so i wanted to pass it along to those who share my bad experience and hope it might help others! Good luck and stay healthy!
by Kelly
on June 10, 2014 at 6:37 AM
I live in the New Bralunfels TX area and I continue to get bitten ever time I'm outside. I never see them. I get bit in places that are uncomfortable. Along pantie lines, armpits, bra line and sock line. Unfortunately I have had a few become infected badly. I've learned to apply anti-itch cream as soon as I notice the bites but leary of applying at my private area, what do you suggest as my doctor doesn't believe they are bug bites. Not sure what he thinks they are but I am miserable!! Help me please because scratching private areas in public is impossible.
by Gail wendorf
on June 11, 2014 at 6:06 PM
I live in Yavapai county, Ariz. We just dug up the yard for an above ground pool! I am now covered in red welts! The itching is driving me crazy! I've noticed like a stinger in the welt when it goes down? Crazyitchy!
by Jodi
on June 15, 2014 at 10:17 AM
My hubby is getting tons of bites, but we live in Southeast Missouri. Are these bugs here? He plays lots of golf and there are ponds on the course. We live 10 miles from the Mississippi River. Last year we had a huge problem with biting gnats!
by angela
on June 17, 2014 at 8:25 PM
I'm staying up in the DFW area and the family I am with right now went on a camping trip to one of the lakes. They came back with bites and now I have gotten them. They said they were called 'chiggers'. Little bugs that are in the grass, like a mite or tiny tick. I don't know what it is, but I do know that I am itchy every where! Legs, back, stomach, panty line, bra line-- literally every where! Cortizone cream doesn't seem to help much.
by Barbara
on June 25, 2014 at 5:34 AM
Finally, thanks to this column and your comments I know what I have suffered-and now am currently suffering-for the last four years in June/early July in southern Minnesota. My husband never gets these bites but I have had intense itching. We live at the edge of a lake and I usually do all of the yard work. Yesterday both of us trimmed tall plants and bushes. Last night I was covered with the typical tiny bumps which when scratched become welts...almost always along panty and bra lines which make them even more annoying. Ice helps a lot although I have had to apply it several times in 24 hours. Thanks to one comment, I tried clear nail polish. It also helped-at least enough to let me sleep. The welts usually last about 1 1/2-2 weeks. This time I am going to try my best not to scratch. I am so thankful to at least know what is causing this. Thanks so much for your help.
by Jennifer
on June 25, 2014 at 6:23 AM
Angela chiggers are different and live under your skin... apply clear nail polish over the welt to suffocate the bugs
by Linda b
on June 25, 2014 at 9:16 PM
My house is infested with these biting gnats. I'm throwing all my house plants away. Any help out there?
by Rita
on June 26, 2014 at 6:34 PM
I went blueberry picking in Wilson, La. I did not notice until the next day, when the itching started. Mostly on my tender spots, panty line, bra line and legs. The itching is really bad. The best relief I got was Chiggerex Plus, with Aloe Vera & Chamomile.  
From reading all the comments, it seems like they are all over the U.S.
by Terri
on June 27, 2014 at 7:33 PM
I have read many threads on the topic of noseeum bites experimenting with just about everything anyone has written. This is what has worked for me...  
I take a Super B Complex and a whole (small) garlic clove as a blood purifier and natural internal insect repellent, garlic will also kill any internal parasites, I drink 1 package of Emergency and take an extra 4000 mg of Vitamin C for healing the skin and bites. A couple of very hot showers a day disperses the histamine and after each shower, it is an ooo-ahh moment! Don't burn yourself! I cover myself with an oil mixture I premixed and kept in a bottle with about 4 oz olive oil, 4 oz coconut oil with about 6 to 10 drops each of essential oil: lavender oil, clove oil, peppermint oil, tea tree oil (don't get in eyes, flush with water if it happens), it is so soothing and moisturizing to the skin, then I believe the best and most effective healing and anti-itch application I found was cover myself especially at night because it looks so funny, cover area with 40% zinc oxide..too bad it isn't clear because it is a thick white pasty cream..I use the Walmart brand Equate, but d  
Diaperene? may be the same %  
This seems to be working well as both a repellent and drying and healing the bites,  
I wish everyone fast and soothing healing and inner and outer peace
by wendy
on July 6, 2014 at 7:05 AM
For the person asking about south east Missouri. They are definitely there. I have a cabin near the black river. I seen to be the only one in my family that gets bit.
by Amanda
on July 6, 2014 at 2:55 PM
I just came back from a camping trip and decided to count all the bites on my body. I am highly allergic to mosquitoes, but their bites go away after an hour. These bites get higher everyday and I knew a skeeter didn't bite. My sister was bit, too, but she only has red circles. I have giant red bumps on ,y ENTIRE body, from the neck down. The itch is so intense and not even hydrocortisone cream can stop it.
by Lolita
on July 7, 2014 at 5:50 PM
I live in Dallas Texas and I've been dealing with the bug for a long time people think I'm crazy my house is infestedI i've tried every type of bug killer all I do is try to keep on vacuuming as much as possible and by and bug spray .
by Janelle Curlin-Taylor
on July 7, 2014 at 9:07 PM
I am a UC Davis grad living in Austin. So glad to find this site. My brother suggested no-see-ums and he is right on. Hydrocortisone 1% anti-itch ointment worked for me. Also ice (in the middle of the nite!) before I got the hydrocortisone. I was walking on a sandy path against a small preserve thick with brush and trees in a small canyon. Thank you all for your input.
by maybis
on July 8, 2014 at 10:45 AM
I have a terrible no see um allergy. I was reading an article today about a device called ThermaCell that they sell in sporting goods stores. All of the reviews are really favorable over at Cabela's website. It is made to repel mosquitoes but it just might work on these so it's worth trying. I'm not exactly sure how it works BUT I'll try anything to get back outdoors again. It is really awful this year and I can't go out for more than five minutes before becoming this bug's breakfast.
by Val
on July 9, 2014 at 4:34 AM
I am so relieved to find this blog. These no see ems here in Michigan are destroying my summer. I am afraid to work in my gardens or spend any time out doors. They are such sneaky tiny little bugs that you don't see them. No point repeating all the things other have posted as my problem is the same. I thought I was rid of them and spent last night itching again.
by Priscilla Chavez
on July 10, 2014 at 12:29 AM
Omg, I thought I was going insane. 8 people in my house and me and my newborn are the only ones getting bit. Me more, I'm constantly scratching, all over my body. This past week has been awful! Ugh! Everyday it gets worse. My newborn, only 10 days old, was getting them here and there but I didn't see a fly. Now I know. I do recall walking threw a grassy area but didn't think anything of it. Now my whole body is filled with bump-like bites and I'm still feeling like I'm getting bit as I write this.
by toodumb
on July 14, 2014 at 9:20 PM
I was confined on the hospital before due to dengue; the experience was really hideous. I was on the critical stage and my mom was crying each day, too worried for me and for the bills but lucky enough that I surpassed all the stages and remain alive. Mosquitoes are really dangerous and everybody should maintain their homes clean. Using mosquito repellent is also helpful to avoid mosquito bites.
by Peg Young
on July 18, 2014 at 10:21 AM
I am praising Yahway.... a lady in Alberquerque told me that she had used "banna skins - the white side" to rub on her bites, and it really helped me. I used it, and rubbed my bites until the skin of the banana was black from use, and it really helped. I had been in the Virgin Islands during July. It was a rainy season - and on the beach, which is the worse scenario for bug bites (unfortunately we found out now after the fact with multiple, multiple bites to contend with...we did not check for information before we went.) Bless you and I hope this helps you.
by Stan
on July 21, 2014 at 12:25 PM
I have tried dabbing my skin with lime juice as a preventative  
from noseeum bites. At times I think it works. Try it. Nothing to lose if it doesn't work.
by Miranda
on July 26, 2014 at 4:45 PM
Get swamp gator spray. It really works well to keep them away in southern Alabama! I got some at Home Depot
by Teri McGreevy
on July 26, 2014 at 10:16 PM
Kathy!I hope someone came to your rescue.
by Charles Toned
on July 29, 2014 at 9:11 PM
The chiggers were crazy in Nashville. No-see-ums, too. The crazy thing is you can't see them.
by Joy
on July 31, 2014 at 4:06 PM
Getting eaten up at our new place in Oakhurst, near Yosemite. What I want to know, and have not read, is ... how to eradicate them from the yard?! Someone mentioned swamp gator spray. I've read elsewhere that planting lemon grass drives them away. All suggestions welcome!
by Juanita
on August 2, 2014 at 2:06 AM
I moved to San Antonio, Texas last year from Portland, Oregon. I lived awhile in Little Rock, and became acquainted with chiggers. We don't have noseeums in Portland, but they're eating me alive here. These are my discoveries:  
For chiggers---wipe your skin with dryer sheets, then wrap them around your ankles when you go where they are really bad. Chiggers don't seem to like dryer sheets.  
For noseeum bites---take a straight pin and insert it in the top layer of skin above the bite, making a couple small holes in the skin. It sounds painful but as long as you stay close to the upper layers of skin it doesn't hurt.  
Next, flood the spot with hydrogen peroxide. Do this a couple times. If the bite is really bad, follow with rubbing alcohol. This works for me every time, stopping the itching and making the bites go away in two or three days.  
To keep noseeums out of the lawn, I haven't tried this for these, but it works pretty well for mosquitoes---1 cup lemon ammonia mixed with 1 cup lemon dish soap and put in a spritzer and spritzed around the yard every 2-3 weeks.  
I hope this helps someone. I might try some of the other suggestions, too. Doesn't hurt to have more than one gun in the holster---so to speak---when fighting these little devils.
by Alan
on August 6, 2014 at 6:25 PM
I was going crazy, washing my clothes 3 times a day and showering 2 or three times a day, too, and then I figured out something that worked very well for me. I read some place one of the ways to kill them is a very high heated room. That not being very practical, I thought of using a hair dryer on high, focusing on the areas that I thought I felt them and where I itched and all. It WORKED! I just held the hair drying in one spot as long as I could stand it moving around to different parts of my body and goodbye itching!
by Lauren
on August 9, 2014 at 6:53 PM
I have these bites and knew they didn't look like mosquito bites and a cousin told me they were no-see-ums bites. I had never heard of them but I Googled it and the bites are the same and itch like crazy. If you hear of any type of deterrent or poison, etc., for them please let me know. I'm in northeast Alabama.
by bobby Jackson
on August 13, 2014 at 9:01 PM
product called Buggins works great
by wanda
on August 18, 2014 at 10:18 AM
I have no-see-ums all over my body and in the house. They even get into my hair.
by Cedric
on August 22, 2014 at 2:41 PM
I live in southern Arizona, and for several years have been plagued by these critters. This year not so much, but the bites I have gotten I've tried heat treating with a blow dryer. Here's an article on this.  
I was very skeptical, but oddly enough this really seems to work. Friends that have tried it agree. There are even some commercial gadgets for this:  
I'd be curious if anyone else has tried heat treating these bites and whether it worked. Wish I'd known about it a couple of years ago when they were driving me absolutely nuts.
by Michele
on August 22, 2014 at 2:56 PM
I am so happy to have found this blog because now I have proof that these things exist. Everyone insists that the bites are coming from bed bugs and we have torn apart my friend's house and have not found ANY evidence of bed bugs she does however live next to a canal, a golf course and the property she lives on is a huge townhouse community and they have puddles of water in the grass areas from over watering and with the heat it is the perfect place for these miserable little jerks. I am so tired of them and, of course, it is only me who gets bit. A couple of her roommates have been bit but not like I have; I have them all over me. As far as controlling the itch, Hot Hot showers and the generic spray benedryl. I am going to get her some of those traps mentioned above and the oils also mentioned. Oh, and that suit. So, thank you everyone for posting and if I find anything that hasn't been mentioned here I'll get back here and let you know, seeing as how the rest of the world won't even acknowledge these pests. Thanks again
by Jessica Bunny
on August 24, 2014 at 11:36 PM
Hi, everyone. First off, I'm sorry for all your troubles with these bugs! Bugs bite people more who have acid blood--you could say sweet blood. Sugar turns into acid. Also some people mentioned purple red welts. Those may be chiggers, not no see ums. Chiggers bite and generally don't leave a raised bump like a mosquito. Google it to make sure. I find cleaning them with alcohol afterward helps with the itching and then applying hydrocortisone cream. Or, there is this other product I use for my rash and I tried it. It has tea tree oil and emu oil. It is called "emu aid." I use the stronger medicated one. Try Googling it. Sorry I don't have the exact website. :)
by courtney
on August 25, 2014 at 10:55 AM
I just got home from camping on the lake and I have at least 156 bites and welts all over.
by Debbie
on August 25, 2014 at 5:52 PM
ANSWER FOR ITCH: Use deodorant like Secret roll-on. The waxy kind, not liquid, on bite right after you're bitten and itch immediately goes away and it does not swell either. This has been "My Blessing" after being bitten and driven crazy. God bless to all.
by Robb M
on August 26, 2014 at 4:54 AM
I, too, have been dealing ALL SUMMER with bites like crazy, not even able to go outside (which has put my landscape revamping on an insane HALT. This year we have the tall fescue grass (not desert landscaping, oh, why, oh, why?). I was treated for everything, referred to a dermatologist who even took skin scrapes and to no avail. Went on vacation for a week to San Diego and nearly cleared up. Came back and full force again. The docs thought maybe scabies (gross right?). Nope, not even that. After research beyond research, I landed here. I have been using neem oil and tea tree oil on my skin and a little in a bath or as recommended by my dermatologist, a fourth cup of bleach in cool bath water to soak for about 20 minutes (he says it's the same as a chlorinated pool) That has helped a lot! Beyond that, the neem oil with a mix of water and a tad light detergent emulsifying the neem as a spray in the yard will begin to clear them out as it is natural. I go back to the doc today. I am going to check up on the thought of no-see-ums. If that's not it, I'm setting fire to the lawn. LOL. Hope this helps!
by Sandra
on August 27, 2014 at 9:56 PM
OMG...I live in California. No-see-ums terrible infestation in my hair, face, apt & body. Tried EVERYTHING to get rid of them. Hot soapy bath water, 2-3 showers per day with tea tree oil applied in bath water & afterwards, sulfur soap, alcohol, a bit of bleach in bath water, washing covers in hot water, bagged all closet clothes, wear gloves when handling things, bleach down counters, tub, toilets. Bad burrows in hands, palm, fingertips & heels, bites, bites, bites & they sting & sometimes emit an electrical charge. Feels like they're hanging on stuck in my back, elbows. Shaking, spinning, popping, crunching sounds. Terrible! Doctors don't help & look at me like I am crazy (except 2) who gave me antibiotics (worthless).
by Elizabeth Brighton
on August 29, 2014 at 8:21 AM
Thank you for all your blogs and for the ultimate remedy to my insane bites.  
I pricked each bite with a pin and dabbed the opening with white vinegar. Ahhhhhhhhh! Yes I repeated the process on a few of the bites but generally, it was immediate relief and do I mean relief!  
I had my first bout with no see ums in the Bahamas years ago and brought them home in my suitcase, too. Wish I knew then what I know now. Again, thank you.
by Hollie
on September 5, 2014 at 2:16 AM
I have bites like crazy. Started the day I moved into new apt. I haven't gone onto any grass, but this complex is heavily landscaped, very lush. I had noticed that my car was covered with I thought these were ant bites...until I didn't go near my car for 4 days, and noticed new bites. So then I thought they were fleas (no pets), but still had apt and patio sprayed by professional. It was driving me crazy, because my husband didn't get any bites! I wake up with usually 4 or 5 bites. So then I thought bed bugs were in carpet when we moved in. So I steamed bed mattress, clothing, pillows, bagged and washed ALL washable items, bleached floors, counters, washed all our shoes in washer, had carpet professionally steam cleaned, and had apt sprayed again! Funny thing is we found 3 large spiders (and killed), a few gnats, and a cockroach! This is a new and very expensive apt complex! (I know-doesn't mean can't have bugs)..but I could swear that my apt must be the cleanest one around! And yet, I remain a meal for some unknown bug! It's only me being bitten, not husband, not roommate. And yes, I am hypoglycemic, and do consume a lot of sugar (I'm addicted). So it sounds as if these no-see-ums are probably the culprit. So are they not visible to the naked eye? The 3 days that I used apple cider vinegar, tree tea oil, mixed with eucalyptus oil (dabbed this mixture on any exposed skin before bed)..and had a low sugar diet hose days, I was not bitten those nights. It's just a lot of work. For those of you who have apt infested, and can't find any culprit, maybe try this. However, it takes a lot of prep, and low sugar diet to keep these away; this is not cool. I want to drink soda! Why are these bugs limiting my diet?
by Michele Andrews
on September 9, 2014 at 1:23 AM
TEA is the key! Tea tree oil and tea bags work 100 percent--also get an antibiotic called Bactrim! It's sulfa-based and it kills it! I've had it so bad I got MRSA staph from chiggers or noseeums whatever they are!  
I cannot express enough, take your antiobiotic bactrim perfectly! Don't miss doses. Take it at the exact times! If you screw up it can make infection worse.  
Email me with any questions  
Have fun. This sucks so stay very clean!
by Chuck
on September 15, 2014 at 11:58 AM
If you spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer you should eat at least ingest a clove of garlic per week. This is a natural repellent and is suggested when fishing in Canada's lakes. Although they tell you to ingest one clove per day for a week before going there to go fishing. Also, they tell you NOT to eat fruits during that week as the fruits oils are emitted by your body attracting bugs. I live in coastal low country of South Carolina and the no-see-ums are horrendous here, especially in the late summer. I use a lidocaine anti-itch gel (clear green gel) to rid the itch when bitten. Repeated applications are necessary for a few days until the itch subsides.
by Jack Gould
on September 26, 2014 at 4:48 AM
We've been afflicted with these tiny insects, too! The nail polish sounds like a great idea. That's the same remedy for chiggers. "White Out" also works.
by Arlyne
on September 26, 2014 at 9:22 PM
I live in NYC. Due to the bed bug scare, I routinely spray a mixture of essential oils I found suggested in the internet: to 500 ml of (preferably) distilled water in a bottle spray, add: 10 ml alcohol, 20 drops each of tea tree oil, peppermint, and clove, and shake bottle. Use to spray your place, including sink, and bathroom drain where roaches, and other insects may enter. Spraying your place every night makes your place hostile to bugs. I stopped spraying when it started to get cold when insects I thought get less active. Then I felt bites from what I thought were mosquitoes. I generally see and hear mosquitoes when they are present. But this time, I did not see nor hear them. Then I suspected they are the tiny ones that are hardly seen. Then I saw one resting on a white sheet of paper towel, and I knew this was the culprit. Later on, I found out they are called no-see-ums. Now I am back to spraying and it seems to help. I read that bugs do not like essential oils. The thing to do then is to get some essential oils in your system so you do not become a meal to a bug. The way to do this is to rub any essential oil you like like lavender on the sole of your feet at bedtime, and apply it on your skin whenever you remember. With regular use, the essential oil gets absorbed by your body, and then becomes a part of you as it gets into your blood stream. When the bugs bite you, they ingest the essential oil which naturally repels them, so they avoid you afterwards. The bite then does not feel so bad as they will readily withdraw when they taste the essential oil, and you will not have as many as someone without essential oil in her/his body. When I resumed applying essential oil regularly on my feet, I noticed I got less and less bites. One time, I saw the bug crawling on my arm (their favorite part) like hesitating to bite, and of course, I was fast to whack it, making me feel triumphant I got one of them. I am almost certain the spray will eventually drive them away from your place. The thing is to make your place and especially YOURSELF hostile to any bug. Nature has created plants from where we derive essential oils to help us in many ways, one of which is to protect us from these pesky tiny no-see-ums.
by Lynn Pritchard
on October 2, 2014 at 7:25 PM
One of the things I have found that helps for welts or blistered bumps is get in a bath with baking soda and vinegar. It helps a lot. One of the other articles deodorant on them. And I tried it and it works because it dries and kind of acts like a skin barrier.
by Terri
on October 2, 2014 at 10:02 PM
I modified my daily management,  
As soon as I come in from the day I take a hot shower  
Then massage into any bites 100% tea tree oil, then found out from a friend whose horse was being bitten by these, her vet said to spray down the horse with 1/2 rubbing alcohol and 1/2 Johnson's baby oil, so I made some for me as a works, when I healed up, I forgot to use the spray everyday and got bit again.  
Now after massaging in tea tree oil, I spray myself with the repellent, then put pure baby cornstarch on the bites and they don't itch as bad and I can sleep, it also helps them to dry out  
I still drink the EmergenC and take garlic.  
Can we use this website to find something in common, why some get bit and some don't? Based on some other things I've read,  
I have type O blood,  
There has to be a connection to either nationality, diet or medical condition?  
One thing evident, 100% Australian Tea Tree, steamed distilled Essential Oil as a topical remedy is a common remedy that works, you can buy it in any store that sells vitamins. Do research, some brands are too expensive and it doesn't mean the quality is better.  
Wish everyone the best!
by Joan Ryan
on October 9, 2014 at 10:25 AM
I live in Florida and stayed outside in the evening picking persimmons from my tree. When I came inside, I had so many bites on me that I took a giant bottle of vinegar and poured it down my legs and arms. It stopped the itching quickly.
by Lloyd
on October 14, 2014 at 3:16 AM
Avon skin so soft repels the ones here on the east cost. Been using it for years.
by Joan Latimer
on October 15, 2014 at 9:28 AM
I was vacationing in Sedona, Arizona over twenty years ago when I was going crazy from No See Um bites. A pharmacist told me to take Clorox and mix with water and rub over my bites. It not only takes the itch away, but keeps them from biting. So what if you smell like Clorox?
by Rhonda S
on October 16, 2014 at 8:15 AM
I live near San Antonio, TX. Several years ago my mother and I were planting flowers in my yard. We were both wearing shorts. That night we were both covered with bites around the legs of our underwear. By the next morning the bites (with blisters) had spread to lower abdomen. We tried everything we could think of (clear nail polish, baking soda, all the bite creams, showering, and scrubbing). We finally found the Caladryl gel (clear) and applied it lavishly. It worked. My theory is that the gel smothers the critter better than the creams. The problem with the bugs in my yard continued. Even having yard sprayed didn't help. After several years of having this problem, I started taking packing tape and rolling it around my fingers (sticky side out). Then, as soon as I came in the house, I pat down my legs and arms. I took a microscope and checked each piece of tape. What I found was a microscopic black bug. It's body had 3 parts like an ant and it had wings. All of the descriptions of no see ums that I find online talk about bugs that can be clearly seen without microscopes, so how does "no see um" for a name apply? THESE THINGS ARE SMALLER THAN A PIN DOT! Since using the tape, I no longer get the bites. Hope this helps someone.
by Deany
on October 19, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Therapik rocks! It stops the itch from mosquitoes, no see ums and the pain from bee stings wasps hornets and lots of other insects that sting and bite. I never leave home without this little battery powered device that produces heat when applied stops the pain and itch. Love it and now I am not afraid to go outdoors anymore worrying about how to stop itching if I get bit. Best of all its FDA ok'd unlike so much other unproven stuff people try.
by Estelle
on October 22, 2014 at 5:39 PM
I live in Scottsdale AZ and up until these last few weeks have never had any issues. These barely seen gnats are biting like crazy. Been outside one hour and have over 10 bites. I finally went and put protective clothing on. Socks long pants etc. But it's still warm outside. These things are awful. Going to try citronella candle tomorrow. I just don't get why after 20 years of living here, they suddenly appear.
by Richard Payton
on October 24, 2014 at 2:49 PM
Hi, Great article. I believe I may have stumbled across an enzyme solution that kills No-See-Ums. I am not a scientist so i don't have access to any laboratories for testing. But would be happy to provide sample or direct you to the company that makes it.  
Also, I created a website for people with Autoimmune, Grover's Disease. We have no defense on the skin. My goal is to promote real information to help others at no charge. I do not sell products or anything. Just trying to give back. Hope to hear from you.  
sincerely, Richard Payton:
by Francis
on October 24, 2014 at 4:17 PM
I first got bed bug bites 5 years ago after visiting my mother. Since then, every year in the summer, I get these bites. They often are in a cluster and they itch like crazy. They last a long time.
by andre olfis
on November 25, 2014 at 8:02 AM
The no-see-ums (Leptoconops torrens) belong to the family Ceratopogonidae and are about 1/16-inch long. They are so tiny they could pass through window screens, but they don’t, Kimsey said. However, they can and do slip beneath loose clothing, unnoticed, to get a blood meal.
by pelphreygirl
on December 3, 2014 at 5:56 PM
Thank you, Jesus! So happy I found this blog. I have been reduced to tears so many times over the past four months. Just moved into my brand new built home last December and starting in August - traveling home to NC from OH, I was being bitten in my car. A few weeks later, I was being eaten alive inside my new home and I'm allergic to the little buggers - break out in hives almost daily! My kids think I'm crazy because they can't see them and aren't being bit. I sweep, wash everything in sight and take showers multiple times a day. Thanks for posting the solutions and Richard Payton - I want to know about this enzyme that kills them.
by Jcm
on December 10, 2014 at 8:59 PM
I live in North Carolina and it is the winter. Sunday morning when I woke up I had no bumps. Red itching on me. Then Sunday night I went to bed, then wake up Monday morning with little red itchy bumps on my legs and two on my arm....  
Help me what medicine can I buy from the store and what is it?
by Dave Brown
on January 4, 2015 at 1:52 PM
As another poster commented Swamp Gator is an effective repellent. Bought mine at Wal-Mart. Also, for those whose homes are infected, buy mothballs, and leave them in small dishes in every room some in multiple locations and you'll notice a big decrease in their presence. Unfortunately, you have to deal with the odor as well, but I prefer that to god-forsaken No-See-Ums. Lastly, get rid of any soil-based plants in your home as this is their refuge. Florida Boy
by Dave Brown
on January 4, 2015 at 1:57 PM
As another poster commented Swamp Gator is an effective repellent. Bought mine at Wal-Mart. Also, for those whose homes are infected, buy mothballs, and leave them in small dishes in every room some in multiple locations and you'll notice a big decrease in their presence. Unfortunately, you have to deal with the odor as well, but I prefer that to god-forsaken No-See-Ums. Lastly, get rid of any soil-based plants in your home as this is their refuge. Florida Boy
by Bahama Mamma
on January 7, 2015 at 1:10 AM
This blog is so helpful! Thanks to all of your great advice! Like many of you, I seem to be the main attraction for these bugs. My friends and family don't get bite like I do. I'm wondering if anyone knows of things you can take to deter these guys? Someone said to try Vitamin B injections, and I'll definitely avoid eating fruit and sugar. Is there anything else diet-related?  
Thanks again!
by Jalina Smith
on January 10, 2015 at 2:00 PM
UGH I've had these things for over a year now; they're terrible. This whole time I thought I was crazy, I thought it was my nerves. I can see why they were attracted to me I ate A LOT of sugar, causing me to get diabetes. These things have caused me so many mental breakdowns. I'm gonna get the Swamp Gator sprays and moth balls. and I WILL UPDATE. I swear I will.
by Laurie Mclean
on January 31, 2015 at 8:48 AM
The first year I moved to Florida from California, I obviously was bitten from the no seems all over my legs. The bites were so bad a multitude of them my brother said I looked like a human pincushion. I knew nothing about treating them but I have noticed scarring from these bites on my legs. Just curious to know if anyone has seen scarring from these pests?
by Ken
on February 10, 2015 at 9:45 PM
I went to Cuba and I have been in Canada for 5 days now and these bites itch like crazy still. Any idea how long these bites can last? It's like I get attacked by our mosquitoes over and over daily. Very uncomfortable especially when it is winter and all.
by Bed bug Austin
on February 18, 2015 at 11:39 PM
Thanks for sharing a useful information for me.
by alan devincentis
on February 23, 2015 at 7:42 AM
Found this works for the bites, and it is crazy. We have our hot water heater set very high, due to its small size. The water is 140 degrees. I take a washcloth, and wet just a very small spot and hold it on the bite for as long as you can stand it. Makes the itching stop immediately and it doesn't come back. Now I am going to spray a 25 percent solution of Dawn and water under our decks and porches. Heard this from a local guy. They generally are incapable of traveling very far at all. So if you have them, they are local. He said Dawn will kill/repel them. Got to try that. My wife and I get eaten alive the last couple years. Live on an island in the middle of the intercoastal. First two years here never got bitten.
by Josie
on March 11, 2015 at 1:50 AM
I use lavender, citronella, eucalyptus, and dorado azul (hyptis suaveolens) to make a bug spray! I hate no see ums...anything tiny and a bug!
by Steven B
on March 21, 2015 at 6:15 AM
I am like Ken--I got bitten in Cuba and now they seem to spread even though I am back home, but don't see anything where it could come from.
by Ron Carter
on March 26, 2015 at 5:26 PM
Am on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for a month.  
Got bitten two nights ago out cooking a steak. Two days later they are itching like crazy. Bought some Cortizone to help with the itching. Learned my lesson. If I want a steak, it's going to be for lunch NOT dinner!  
Best Regards,  
Ron Carter
by Catherine
on March 29, 2015 at 9:18 AM
I found putting Witch Hazel in a spray bottle and spraying bites and letting it dry on the bites helps the itch. Then after it drys rub Arnicare gel on bites. It works!
by maryann
on March 31, 2015 at 12:39 PM
So happy to have found this site...Noseeums are driving me crazy...I believe they bother my nervous system..I live in Florida and feel like moving...cannot go outside at all...
by Glen
on April 5, 2015 at 2:26 PM
I live in the islands and I have tried everything stop these things from biting me and finally coconut oil! I couldn't go anywhere after the sun went down, but now I can.
by Dilana
on April 18, 2015 at 10:47 AM
Meat tenderizer, nasty to cook with, Yecch. I don't keep it in the kitchen. I keep some in my medicine cabinet and some with my garden stuff.  
A touch of water in your palm and make a paste with it. Apply directly to itchy bites. Relax for a few moments. When I do this the itch stops. And even with bites from these nasty little buggers, the itch does not return.
by Rita
on April 22, 2015 at 3:38 PM
Last spring while I was lying on my bed to read, watch TV or to sleep, I was being bitten on my belly, arms, legs and hip/buttock area. Our apartment building was being inspected and sprayed where needed. They found tiny dinky little dark brown/black things on my quilt and sheets. They sprayed for it, as a kind of bug they thought came from the tree outside the bedroom window.  
Today they were here again. They saw the welts and red circles and deeply bumpy messed-up arms, and my legs are the same. Yesterday I went nutty with itching which probably made them worse. I was I using pink calomine to no avail. They did not find any bugs this time. I told them that someone today had mentioned no see ums. I did a Google about my bites and it brought me to this blog. THANK GOODNESS FOR THAT. I had twitched and scratched so much I had opened up the skin so I tried white vinegar like someone on this blog suggested. I am comfortable right now so I will continue to use it as needed. I only get bit while in bed so I may sleep in recliner for awhile. Thanks for all the helpful suggestions to all of you. If this does not work again I am going to try Avon Original Skin So Soft as it works for gnat repellant. A few sprinkles on me and my sheets might do the trick.
by Lindsay
on April 24, 2015 at 11:28 AM
The idea that heat works is the right thing to do for no-see-ums and all kinds of other things that bite an sting you. I read an article about an FDA-approved device that runs on a 9V battery and creates just the right amount of heat to stop the itch and pain from these nasty critters. I bought a Therapik from their web site and have become a true believer. Works like a charm in 30 seconds or less of application. I tried all kinds of home remedies but nothing worked and now I have my fight the bite weapon of choice. Seems like our government (FDA) got this one right!Lots of great reviews can be found about Therapik which I read too before purchasing this inexpensive device. You, too, will become a believer with its first use.I love the outdoors again!
by Jennifer
on April 24, 2015 at 12:27 PM
How do you get rid of them, though? 'Cause I just keep getting bitten.
by Jay
on April 25, 2015 at 2:09 PM
We have been bitten by these bugs everytime we go out in the yard. Reading all the blogs it appears there is an epidemic going around the country. This should be brought notice to the Health and Human Services Department of the federal government as this is no longer a local issue and these bugs apparently are multiplying quantum. Needs to be eliminated.We do not have them in the house but the moment we go out into the lawn we are bugged in Florida.
by Christine
on April 26, 2015 at 6:04 AM
We love to camp and fish in Florida and have done so for close to 30 years. Where we go the noseeums are relentless. Recently, I read a blog where a family spent 2 months in the Florida swamps. The locals said to use juniper berry lotion; the family said it worked. Bed & Bath discontinued it and I couldn't find anyone else who made it, so I bought juniper berry essential oil and added 10-12 drops to our existing "deet-free" products. It worked! But I make sure to spray every inch of my exposed body and reapply often. Hope this helps some of you.
by Ethan Anderson
on May 1, 2015 at 2:27 PM
I wonder if your readers could help me.  
I am part of a marketing team for a company called Simply Soothing. We have a product called Bug Soother that our customers say WORKS agains no-see-ums. As far as we know it is very effective against them, but I would like to hear more reports about the effectiveness level.  
I think I could probably set up some product trials to send to a few people for free, even. Would there be any takers? Email me at  
The product is at  
by Laura
on May 3, 2015 at 5:31 AM
I live in Dallas, Texas and have suffered from the bites of these bugs for years now. They always appear in April and May, probably because our climate is warmer earlier than other parts of the country. I am disabled and rarely go outside so I disagree with the website that states that "no-see-ums can go through standard screens but do not." I have read elsewhere that they fly freely through normal screens and do. There is a special type of screen you can purchase that the bugs cannot go through. I plan on doing that. In the meantime I have to keep doors and windows closed even if the weather is nice. I too get bit at night in bed on my abdomen, upper arms on the inside, and upper inner thighs near panty line. They seem to like the soft thin skin. I am anxious to try some of the remedies suggested!!
on May 8, 2015 at 6:45 PM
by Isabella
on May 11, 2015 at 12:01 AM
Mosquitoes bite some people more than others. We don't really understand why, but a recent paper in PLOS One suggests that genes could play a role in the attraction.
by Paula Johnson
on May 17, 2015 at 6:48 AM
I have never written any comments on blogs of any kind until now. I'm posting because I empathize and feel compelled to share this with as many sufferers as possible. I absolutely am astonished by this experience and have no doubt that others will find relief as I have. I"m excited to share this as I know only others suffering (as well as those who love & care about someone else's suffering can appreciate & relate to the desire to find help for relief from these insanely tormenting "noseeum" bites.  
Although initially upon seeing these photos & posts was I disappointed this was a difficult problem to prevent, I also felt such relief to be closer to answers. There is No Doubt whatsoever that these itching welts are identical from to my own. Now I've identified what has been causing my misery, I now know where to share my relief from the symptoms after such bites. After reading most of the post about I do understand that some have gained some relief from other treatments but this is a very simple treatment for the extreme itching, raised welts & misery these bites are obviously causing others.  
Last night, after my 3rd day of an increasing number/appearance of the maddening & extremely itchy welts, I recalled my friend mentioning pure lavender oil directly applied "neat" to the individual welts of bug bites. I was shocked & overwhelmed by the subsiding itch in minutes. Also, the raised, red welts almost disappeared over the next few hours. I'd like to mention it's possible they reduced and almost disappeared sooner than that, but I simply didn't pay much attention once the itching subsided. In fact Although I am guilty of being a past skeptic & forgetful of of using my Essental Oils in the past, my almost immediate relief within minutes of the present bites is too exciting & effective not to share disappeared sooner than that, but I simply didn't pay much attention once the itching subsided. In fact Although I am guilty of being a past skeptic & forgetful of of using my Essental Oils in the past, my almost immediate relief within minutes of the present bites is too exciting & effective not to share with others.  
Although I've been a minimally active distributor for this company in the past year, I now have a renewed & extremely passionate desire to submerge myself into research of natural remedies in hopes of informing others of this simple application for relief.  
I've refrained from mentioning the specific essential oil company in this post simply to avoid anyone from discounting the information if they believe this is just an advertisement. Of course I would happily & immediately share information about this superior line of products to anyone who inquires. I do know that lavender oil is readily available to most people, but I can only attest to the pure product I used.  
I look forward to hearing if others do experience the same results I've ecstatically found for myself. In the meantime, I'll be submerged in my research to deter or prevent the tormenting bugs from biting me.  
P.S. This morning I awoke to find more bites, albeit so many fewer than in the last few days. I again applied a dab of lavender oil directly to each bite with a drop of lavender oil from my finger. (You may wish to apply with a cotton ball or swap. I simply was in such a hurry to attempt at relief, I didn't slow down long enough to reach for those items. I have once again had immediate relief from the intense itching. I must mention though, before waking completely, I scratched at a few. Those bites have needed a second application, but already improving as well. So I suggest, if there's any way possible, avoid stretching to achieve the best and most rapid results.
by gina
on May 17, 2015 at 9:31 AM
When I was a child I remember getting these no see ums on my legs. The itch was terrible. I remember a friend telling me to apply clear nail polish to the bites as soon as I'm bit and to any existing ones, and when I did this, cleared it right up. The reason is because this suffocates them. Good luck!
by gina
on May 17, 2015 at 9:32 AM
When i was a child i remember getting these no see ums on my legs. The itch was terrible. I remember a friend telling me to apply clear nail polish to the bites as soon as I'm bit and to any existing ones, and when i did this cleared it right up. The reason is because this suffocates them. Good luck!
by Sunny
on June 21, 2015 at 9:04 PM
First, I believe no see ums do come throuhh some screens if the screen mesh is wide enough. Newer screens provide a finer mesh option which keeps them out. The bugs seem to be attracted to light and will come through the screen, so if you have a light on in a room, you need to keep the windows and doors closed until you turn off the light.  
Secondly, the clear nail polish remedy is for chiggers. Chiggers burrow in I think, and thus can be suffocated. With no see ums you are getting a bite and they fly away, so there is nothing to suffocate.  
Thirdly, THANK YOU for the ideas on how to stop the itching and how to get them to stay away. I don't want to get rid of the soil-based plants in the house so I may try putting moth balls around for a time to drive them away. The other ideas I will try in the yard.  
But now I have to go. I have to put heat, ice, tea, lavender, vinegar, alcohol, calamine, benadryl, and cortizone on my bites! And stop scratching!
by Sandy McCauley
on June 25, 2015 at 10:54 AM
I find that Benadryl Gel works wonders. I apply it the minute I feel the itching and then, usually again in about 5 minutes, if the bites are still itching. That's usually it until maybe a day later and I repeat. After that it's not needed until the next time I make the mistake of standing outside too long! Benadryl Gel ROCKS!
by Granny Dot
on June 28, 2015 at 3:37 PM
Ammonia helps my no see um bites more than anything. You will have to keep applying it.
by Tom
on June 29, 2015 at 4:36 AM
I have a small florescent light above my wall mounted monitor and with the light on and monitor black screened, I noticed something a few nights ago. I got close and saw a lot of very tiny white things flying around.  
I haven't been able to sleep tonight because of the bugs. Every time I would lay down, after a bit I would start feeling what felt like the bugs and was thinking they were on the sheets before I laid down.  
It hit me and I turned on the monitor light and blacked the screen and grabbed a shirt hanging in the closet and shook it in front of the light. Many noseeums appeared. Tried other items with the same results.  
My conclusion is the bugs are probably on every hanging item in the house, in the drawers,on the sheets and covers,maybe even walls and ceilings.
by Latisha
on July 4, 2015 at 7:09 AM
I have well over 150 bites right now and what seems to have offered me some comfort is bathing in baking soda, tea tree oil and Aveeno anti itch which is slightly medicated. I hope this offers some comfort.
by Rox
on July 9, 2015 at 12:39 AM
I live in west Phoenix and have been experiencing similar bites. They just seem to pop up randomly. I thought at first they were bed bugs but no evidence of bed bugs in the house. I have taken all precautions with bedding. Bug bombs... Sprays.. And exterminator .. Yet I  
I'm still getting bitten. There are 5 of us here but only my daughter and myself are being bitten. Or should I say eaten alive. Our bites swell up like hives. And omg, the itch. Im diabetic and live next to a gynormis park which is flooded twice a week. It has gotten overwhelming just in the last month. I.m looking for a repellant to off these unforgiving buggers. Any one know one that works? As far as treatments I've used. Anti-itch cream and spray.. Benedryl.. Bleach... Dryer sheets... Vinegar... Lemon.. Salt...aloe vera... Fingernail polish remover.. And even bandaids so I can't scratch. Most of them helped for a short period of time but itch came back. I just recently read on internet that if you boil a pan of water(rolling boil) ... Take some q-tips... Immediiatly after you take off stove.. Dip q-tip in water and place directly on bite. It will burn for about 2-3 seconds Do with each bite. Make sure the water is in a secure place so it is not knocked over. Very hot water! Do not use anything larger than a q-tip. You just want to burn the bite itself. I know it sounds a little painful... But oh my gosh! It was so worth it. I tried this at noon today and have not itched at all today. Supposedly the extreme heat kills the poison. So try it! Hope it helps!
by Sota dental
on July 13, 2015 at 6:27 AM
Thank you for this! Best of luck!
by M. Oliva (Username: Myrt)
on July 15, 2015 at 10:15 AM
I live in Miami, Florida and recently - as they were excavating behind my subdivision to build a privacy wall by the Turnpike, huge mounds of dirt were piled up. I can only assume that the dirt excavation has been the reason for two recent insect plagues that I had never seen during fifty years in Florida: first a beetle that ate many plants until I sprayed it with a homemade solution of garlic and water. The black, 1/4" insect left the area after the garlic lotion spray to all plants inside/outside the porch.  
As soon as those were gone now we are infested - only the homes near the Turnpike - with no-see-ums. Not only outside but inside the house. After trying all kinds of gentle products for use inside the house including some made with essential oils, etc. to no avail, I saw the Gardner's glue ultraviolet trap. I had looked at the reviews for several similar products and there were bad for the most part. This particular one caught my attention. I was able to get them, three units plus a 10-pack refill on the internet for $92. The one on the porch trapped a lot of no-see-ums plus a couple of mosquitoes and other gnats; however, I was surprised to see the one inside the house taking in 25 no-see-ums in a 24-hour period. I now disconnected the porch one since it would be attracting lots of insects, some of which would be entering my house each time I open the door. Even though there are less around, the ones that come in first bite me and then go to the death chamber. It is better than before but not right still. I cannot sit for too many minutes on the computer since they hurriedly go to my legs. About the legs, I will not repeat in detail what you have read above: innumerable bite marks from the ankle to half the leg at the end of the pants, welts... well, a most horrible itching and terrible experience. The association has contacted the county's Mosquito Control unit and they will be fumigating the area. That's the good news; the bad one is that they appear to be extremely difficult to eradicate. My advice for those who have them inside the house, is to get the electric glue trap. At least I know that they will not come for a second meal.
by barp
on July 16, 2015 at 9:25 PM
Hey Y'all,  
Dr Blaylock says that mothballs are bad for you because of the chemical in them. Personally I wouldn't put them around my house.
by Mathina
on July 17, 2015 at 7:25 PM
i live in AZ. I'm one of those lucky people allergic to bites that can lead to significant challenges. I've recently read two things that are helping. 1. If they are in your home, drop the AC to 62-63 degrees as they die due to the cold. 2. Heat plain water to 180 degrees. Dip a qtip into the water and place directly on the bite. DO NOT USE ANYTHING LARGER THAN A QTIP! Severe burns can result! I've also used essential oils: tea tree and peppermint. I recently found a great natural remedy called plantain blam. Before finding this, rubbing the inside of a banana peel on the bite took the itch and sting away briefly. Best of luck everyone! Hope it helps!!!
by Frank
on July 19, 2015 at 7:22 PM
Benadryl spray will relieve the itch.
by Jim Hayes
on July 20, 2015 at 2:25 PM
I believe some of the bites are "Red Bugs" ( this is what we call them when we pick wild blackberries) Instant Cure: Take a lit cigarette and hold it as close to the bite without burning yourself (DO NOT TOUCH THE CIGARETTE TO THE SKIN) if this is a Red Bug the heat will kill him--no more itch--no more red bug. I have done this over my lifetime and it always works
by betty rose
on July 25, 2015 at 3:56 PM
I am so thankful for this site! I live in Central Florida - I moved from NY and never heard of noseeums.  
For 4 weeks now, my house has been invaded by these horrible knats. I thought I was crazy because everyone I spoke to said either- it's all in your head, it's probably just hives from new detergent or something, it's hives because you are too anxious about the itch (that is imaginary). Even doctors have looked at me like I'm looney, including a dermotologist.  
Help! I have looked at so many suggestions on sites similar to this and have tried so many suggestions. I find they work for a short time, and then the bugs start biting again with a vengeance. I have tried olive oil mixed with essential oils, Avon sprays and creams, other natural repellants that I found on Amazon, a fan at night to blow the bugs away from me(which I admit, does help me sleep anyway), tea tree oil, lemons--well, you get the idea.  
It seems that the critters are resistant for a few hours and then are immune to whatever method I use. Has anyone else had this experience?  
For two weeks I had fleas- from a kitten I had adopted. I had the house sprayed twice and finally the fleas were gone. And then I instantly was bit again thinking I still had fleas. I've since learned what I do have. The commercial spray killed the fleas, but why not the noseeums?  
Right now, I have a hot hair dryer blowing on me and it is stopping the biting for now. Thank you everyone for all your suggestions and comments, btw.  
I do have question-- Has anyone tried thermal heating the entire house?  
The temperature is jacked up to about 159 degrees which kills any insects in your house. I am going to research this- I think it might be very expensive.  
And my concern is after doing this--I know these bugs are outside on my screened-in porch and they will come in and then, what then?  
Please, I would appreciate any suggestions or comments. Betty
by justin
on August 24, 2015 at 7:47 AM
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by Glenn
on September 3, 2015 at 2:48 PM
"Make your own repellant": 1 part Witch Hazel, 1 part Listerine (original, gold label), then a small portion of Tea Tree Oil. Seems to work for me (so far). Good thing is: it's non-toxic. Spray it on a rag, then apply it. Use Benadryl Extra Strength (if you happen to get bites)
by Linda Johnson
on September 4, 2015 at 11:33 PM
I live in Dallas, Tx. and have also been bitten by these critters. We have had excessive rain this year. They have also invaded out house. I see the little black specs on everything. I have not had any luck with doctors. They want to prescribe anti depressants. I also have many bites and some of them I have had since March. I have been bitten in the thinning part on top of my head and constantly have itching and crawling sensations. I wonder if anyone else has had this experience. It might be an allergic reaction. I also have some places that appear to have made very rough spots around the bite and have burning sensations in both arms. Thanks for all remarks and this web site. I hope I can find something that will help my hair and scalp.
by elizabeth
on September 8, 2015 at 8:13 PM
Hi, I live in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, and just got bitten a few days ago. I was awakened at 5:30 a.m. with intense itching on my stomach. At first I thought a spider had gotten under the blankets and my pajamas. So I leaped out of bed and sprayed the bed with house insect control. Went back to bed and woke up to two new bites on my face itching like mad. So I applied Neoteric Alpha Hydrox Enhanced cream to the bites and that helped with the itching, but had to be reapplied probably four times a day. I know with mosquito bites, if I can apply the cream within 5 minutes of being bitten, I won't be bothered anymore at all.  
However, earlier today I got bitten again and realized it was no-see-ums--at least I applied the Alpha Hydrox cream in time and the welt immediately went down. The ones on my face still itch a little but the one on my stomach has stopped.  
Good luck to everyone out there. One of these days maybe the world will be rid of these demon flies.
by RKG
on September 9, 2015 at 8:54 AM
I live in Michigan and I think the no see um bugs is taking over  
my house. I need help on ideas. Trying get them out. Their bites  
are killing my family
by Edward Giddings
on September 9, 2015 at 3:51 PM
Betty Rose, I like your comment. I seem to have the same problem you are having. I had a tenant in my basement for four months with a beautiful clean Collie. She took the dog to Pet Smart for grooming one day and he came back with fleas. These fleas took over the whole house. The fleas were so powerful she and her dog had moved. I'm not finding fault or blame with my tenant, she sprayed, vacuumed and tried every home remedy from Listerine to vinegar. We used Hot Shot Bedbug and Flea Spray to no avail. Finally I called Terminix. After they sprayed it took another two week till I saw my last flea. Who killed them off, Terminix or me? The kicker is, I am still being bitten. I thought I had head lice, feeling movement on my scalp. Washed my hair with vinegar, used Rid both gave me hours of relief. My doctor said no lice. What's left? Spider mites? They don't fly. Maybe No-See-Ums. So I called Terminix. Guess what? They never heard of No-See-Ums. They can't treat what they can't see. Did I waste $650 for a year's contract?
by Richard (Rick) McNeil-Travers
on September 14, 2015 at 8:56 AM
Here in South Carolina the best thing we've found for the 'no-see-um' scourge is this:  
It works just great, this small company used to be local (Charleston) but have very recently relocated, but still deliver to our door!  
DEET-free, super effective, smells good and mosturizes too.
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on September 18, 2015 at 5:49 AM
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by LBfiles
on September 18, 2015 at 10:11 AM
To deal with the itch - and boy, do they itch. Benadryl dpray to slow the histamine response and spray Benzocaine 20% or stronger to numb the area to help prevent scratching moving on to self surgery. You may also find Benzocaine in Orajel - whatever it takes to stop the itch.
on September 18, 2015 at 2:08 PM
i am so glad to be able to put a name to what's going on with me. My problem is that I only get 1-2 bites every 3 weeks or so. Just about the time they stop itching, here comes another one or two and I sleep under the cover at night. i am getting bitten in the strangest places, under my arm. on the small of my back under my underwear, on the top of my thigh. I am a nurse and it is common knowledge in nurse world that spiders don't crawl under pajamas and bite as every patient tells us they do. But i have been trying to figure this one out and my little dog sleeps under my covers and voila! Could that be it? Are these little devils coming in the house on my dog and biting me as we sleep? How the heck do I keep them off my dog? I treat her for fleas with a topical agent monthly...anyone can help me? Thank you so much!
by Bob LaPlante
on October 7, 2015 at 7:43 PM
We have had good luck with Essential oils. Get a four-ounce glass spritzer spray bottle.  
Use 6 drops of cittronella oil  
2 drops of Peppermint oil  
2 drops of Oregano oil  
Shake and spray all over exposed body and clothes.  
Works great!
by James G. Shields
on October 9, 2015 at 5:22 AM
Ok, so I am in NC and these things have been tearing me up for over a year now. They're not mosquitoes or chiggers or mites. I think they only like to bite people with certain blood types. My girlfriend wasn't bitten at all.  
But I have good news. The way to kill them, and to see what they look like, is to fill cups with apple cider vinegar (they don't like the other kinds), and a few drops of liquid dishwashing soap, and leave them around your house. The soap lowers the surface tension of the vinegar, so the flies are attracted to it, go to get some, and slip into it and die. The first day I did this in my house, within hours I found about 25 dead noseeums in the bottom of the cup. The problem is that they also live outside and they will land on your hair or clothes or just follow you through the door, into your house. So you have to do this all the time. But I did successfully kill all of them in my apartment and the bites stopped for awhile. They came back, so I had to start the process all over again. The next bit of info I have for you is that I tried several essential oils on my skin to repel them and so far only rosemary oil has repelled them. They would fly up to me, smell the oil, and back away. But it only lasts for an hour or two. I suspect that eucalyptus oil will have the same effect. These are the solutions I've found the hard way. Good luck to all of you in getting some relief.
by Braden G.
on October 20, 2015 at 5:45 PM
I'm going to Florida this weekend. My mom has scars on her feet from No-See-Ums so I am worried!
by Helen
on October 24, 2015 at 1:46 AM
I got bit up while visiting my grandsons in NJ in May of this year! After I got back to NY...I kept getting bit. At first I thought bedbugs but haven't seen the normal signs of them. Then I thought fleas (I have a Pekingese but he's treated every month). I thought chiggers. Finally I thought scabies! Got the doctor to prescribe me cream for scabies and used that tonight. I don't think it's scabies! Finally I Googled "tiny biting bug in western NY" and found this blog! Thank you! Hopefully some of the suggestions will work. I do eat a lot of hard candy and have been eating orange juice ice cubes nightly. Perhaps this makes me a banquet to these little demons! So no more hard candy or juice or fruit! I bug sprayed. I flea bombed. I bed bug treated and I'm still getting bit up horribly! Tomorrow I will put vinegar and baking soda in my bath water and on the 3rd when my Social Security comes in I will buy some moth balls and tea tree oil.
by April
on November 6, 2015 at 2:26 PM
22 years in the same house and forthe first time ever this summer I'm under attack. I see nothing but tiny gnats.....and I've always seen gnats here so I was sure it wasn't them biting me. But it is! I'm in Hemet, CA.
by Denise
on November 9, 2015 at 3:14 PM
I am in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Just found out a few minutes ago about these vicious little pests. I am trying to find the best relief possible help. Don't know what to do. I'm originally from California and have never had this problem before. I am covered from head to toe with bites from these little nuisances.
by Pete Ronilo
on November 13, 2015 at 7:06 PM
It has been almost 2 years now that this pesky little buggers (noseeums) has been terrorizing me and my wife big time. We have trouble getting sleep at night, they crawl all over and bite us. I call them little ‘superbugs’. I’ve used all kinds of chemicals from Home Depot and Lowe's to no avail. Even for that famous internet chemical ‘Talstar’, it is only effective for a few days. We called a few pest control guys but they can't give me a guarantee that these buggers wont come back. And the same thing with the fumigation companies(tenting), no guarantee, expensive, too. I tried calling the UC Riverside Department of Entomology but nobody called me back ...sigh, frustrating indeed. Recently, I found and invested in some contraptions combating this noseeum pest. Below is what I do before going to bed. Keeping the buggers at bay, I’m able to kill most of them and sleep with almost no bites.  
What I do before I go to bed:  
1. Isolate and seal my bedroom from the rest of the house. Use masking tapes if you must.  
2. Eliminate/ kill noseeums with ‘oiled wand’ in every corner of the bedroom by waving it. You can see those buggers stick their butts to the board...and you can smile because you just did your revenge!  
* Oiled Wand: made from light 24x18 in. plastic board (Home Depot For Sale sign). Apply/brush a thin film of baby oil on the board, cover completely. I once lived in the tropics and we use this method for small insects and mosquitoes. You can apply this method all over your rooms.  
3. Install a small fan near the bed that will deliver a constant mild breeze. Noseeums are poor flyers and are blown easily even with a slight breeze. Have this fan on all night. this will take care of those buggers that you missed with the oiled wand.  
4. Bracelets and anklets: made from light wool scarfs. Wear this on you wrists and ankles where your pajamas (fine knits & tucked in) ends. Those buggers hate wool materials--hard for them to move. And wear that wool scarf for the neck, too.  
That’s it, if this helps, you post it here.
by Carol Eisom
on November 20, 2015 at 10:36 AM
Noseeum Relief: I started doing this just today...I have a can of hair spray. And since I knew I couldn't spray bug spray on myself...I knew the solution was to spray something that would stop them without harming myself too much in the process. Today I decided to spray myself as I felt them land or near my skin. I have some Aquanette "Superhold"... Remember to close your eyes and hold your breath while spraying it... Hopefully when it dries it will do the job...
by Vivian shymko
on December 2, 2015 at 10:28 AM
I have tried everything for the itch! Believe it or not...the hairdryer works to kill the itch. I have also bought an awesome bug repellent from as mentioned above. I have ordered lemongrass and geranium awesome bug repellent.....deet free!
by Sarah
on December 16, 2015 at 8:30 PM
I'm traveling in a popup camper for 9 months from Washington State to the keys in Florida. The noseeums love love love me! Especially the backs of my hands. I'm reduced to long-sleeved shirts and pants, and using a fan, day and night. I've tried most everything for the itches but the best so far for me is Calahist from Walgreens. Dries them out and helps the itching. I'm still having a great time though! Good luck all.
by Jodi
on December 19, 2015 at 9:15 PM
My husband and I bright these back from Jamaica, but living in PA we're having a hard time to get medical help because at this point they are embedded. What tests can be done to show "sand fleas" results and do any of you have a name and contact information for a doctor who has experience with these? Since no one believes us, they just keep multiplying on our bodies and we have suffered many other debilitating side effects. So this is being serious, but doctors in PA never dealt with true sand flea. Please help! Jodim2222@gmail. Thanks.
by Elanthendral
on February 15, 2016 at 10:20 PM
Thanks for your details and explanations.
by We buy houses San Antonio – 590 mo
on February 24, 2016 at 2:55 AM
Insect bites are really bad like these no-see-ums.
by Hani
on April 9, 2016 at 5:25 PM
Thanks a lot.. great post
by Danna
on April 15, 2016 at 2:18 PM
Live in Newberry, Florida and work in Alachua, Florida. These no-see-ums are everywhere!!
by Regina Mackintosh
on April 22, 2016 at 10:51 AM
Absolute devils, with sympathy to all comment writers! Our family tried out most things now with various levels of success...... I know it's impossible (almost!) but don't scratch the bite area it just prolongs the agony and makes matters worse. Antihistamines can help (taken internally) as can rubbing alcohol direct on the bite areas to desensitize. We also tried recommendation from above and seems like a good fit for our family, as they are natural products, deet free, effective and deliver cheaply to mainland USA, got bug repellents, bug candles, after bite balms too. So recommend to others, also got some other good useful related reading on their site.
by Ben
on April 26, 2016 at 3:47 AM
Visited Eleuthera recently, and had numerous bites. After a couple of weeks at home I discovered new bites so I figured I must have brought them home. After reading a post how to catch them I decided to place a small bowl with vinegar and dishwashing soap and indeed after a couple of hours I saw 3 or 4 of them in the bowl. (you need a magnifying glass otherwise you can't see them). Hopefully I can catch them all using this method, but at least I'm sure now that I brought those bugs from hell to my home.
by yamini
on April 27, 2016 at 4:02 AM
Thanks for your details and explanations..
by barb
on May 10, 2016 at 4:42 AM
I have tried everything, too, but what I found that takes the itch away quickly is any creamlike blue ice. I use this for pain I have, so I tried it on bites and because it's cool and then gets hot, it burns out the itch. And it is a quite reasonable price. Why do they come all of a sudden? We lived here for years and my neighbors have been here for 30 years and never had them we do?
by Jerry
on May 18, 2016 at 10:09 AM
My wife and I bought a cabin last year in Northeast Alabama near the southern tip of Lookout Mountain. Although I've lived in the hot, humid climate of Alabama for 64 years, this past summer was my first experience with no-see-ums. I appear to be one of those fortunate ones that are bitten while my wife was of no interest to most of them. I never really found anything that works well for the bites but I did find a natural repellent that worked really well. It's called Bug Soother and is marketed by a company called Simply Soothing. I've attached a link below. I would highly recommend that you try this product. It smells nice and is not greasy or uncomfortable to wear and it really seems to keep them away. I hope this helps some of you other victims.
by Harold Peterson
on June 1, 2016 at 11:03 AM
We live in Alaska were no-see-ums run wild! I am highly allergic to them and thus get welts the size of silver dollars from each bite. My girlfriend recently was introduced to them when she spent an hour weeding in my front yard. She came in with literally 100 plus bites on her legs and arms. I haven't found much over the years that works to keep them at bay, but Avon's Skin So Soft seems to do the trick! Also having Bounce dryer sheets hanging out of each pocket helps as well. You will smell great and look like a fool, but you will not suffer the wrath of those vile creatures!
by Exterminator
on June 3, 2016 at 5:21 AM
Oh, God. Am glad that didn't happen to me. I am so disgusted of pests.
by lise scully
on June 3, 2016 at 7:00 AM
There is a recipe on with water, sugar and yeast...I don't know if it works yet, but at this point we will try anything! My husband and I are getting bit like crazy! Our roommate does not eat sweets and has no bites! We are going out today to get some essential oils, dryer sheets (we were told to put them in bed, closets, drawers, etc...) and lemon-scented dish soap (to do floors and furniture)...we will try anything at this point! Thanks for all the ideas and thank goodness for this blog site! We figure if we try multiple ideas maybe we will get relief! We are going CRAZY!!
by June
on June 4, 2016 at 10:55 AM
After reading suggestions, I tried a hair dryer . I treated my skin for as long as I could stand the heat and afterwards...relief! The crawly bug sensation was gone as well as the intense itching! At least for now!
by Hickory, North Carolina
on June 13, 2016 at 7:54 PM
We have been affected by these bugs where I work. Like they are really bad. I bought every cream and rubbing alcohol to go on the bites. The more that go away the more that comes. What kills them and keeps them from biting? My legs and feet and back and face are meals to these bugs. Any ideas to rid of these bugs? I'm willing to try anything at this point. Going to have to wear pants the whole summer because the marks are so bad. Can't sleep from itching so bad.
by John Camacho
on June 20, 2016 at 8:22 PM
I've been golfing for years in Yolo County. Only preventative measure is the skin so soft oil. All the golf courses provide it during the May and June hatching. I swear by it.
by Patti Sano
on July 2, 2016 at 9:29 AM
I don't know if this works, but coconut oil is said to repel noseeums. PAM makes a spray coconut oil, which I bought, and plan to spray it on my back yard to keep noseeums away. It's worth a try. Also I think thieves oil will repel them and relieve any itching. I take a lot of essential oils for the treatment of an infection, so they haven't bitten me, but something else did. After I put some thieves oil on my ankles, I didn't get bitten by anything when I went out again. If you have any thieves oil, you might try it.
by Brenda Spangler
on July 4, 2016 at 7:24 PM
Oh, these little suckers aren't just on the West Coast. I'm in West Virginia. They get through the screens, I just saw one crawling on my hand. I've got bites all over and Omgosh do they itch! It's impossible not to scratch. The bite seems to bust open easily. I feel like I'm living on benadryl or trying to. Ugh! They're horrible and they seem to like warm places, as I have more bites under my clothing then my arms or open areas. This is miserable!
by Samantha Williams
on July 7, 2016 at 10:39 AM
There is some good information found on on how to handle no see ums. They even tell you about the flies behavior so you're able to make a distinction.
by Mary
on July 8, 2016 at 8:27 AM
Remember "punks" to keep mosquitoes away? Light an incense stick outside and the bugs go away! Had a nice evening outside on the porch. We always rely on tea tree oil to stop any itching from bites.
by Dawn
on July 27, 2016 at 7:47 PM
Thank You So Much for the hair dryer idea. The past two days I've had bite come up on my thigh and hip as well as my upper body and they have been painful and itching me to death. Nothing was working and I tried the hair dryer and it has given me some relief finally. There are three of us at home and I'm the only one getting bit. Bless You and Thank You for the advice.
by Anita
on July 29, 2016 at 12:34 PM
OH MY GOSH! All these years, I thought I was being bitten by mosquitoes and could not understand why because I am from the Fiji Islands which has a ton of mosquitoes that never bit me. This website has been so helpful. I am severely allergic to these things. One day I was out in the garden and got 8 bites on my head and a couple on my ear. The swelling on my ear began to travel all the down to my neck. I decided it was time to head to an urgent care facility when I started having problems hearing! They gave me a shot of I don't remember what - 1,000mg of it. They marked the swell line with a sharpie and told me to go to an ER if it got down any further. I was scared! Yesterday was the first time I actually saw this creature on my ankle. My husband told me what it was. I tried the boiling water/cotton swab thing and IT WORKED! Thank you so much for all the useful information posted here.
by JS
on August 2, 2016 at 7:51 AM
On June 8, 2014 "J. Mandel" wrote that they had bites on torso that were raised with a ring and a dot in the middle. Is that what a no-see-um bite looks like typically? That sounds like a version of what Lyme looks like but I assume these were smaller (also assuming it was not Lyme as those marks are bigger and apparently rarely itchy per CDC) as they said they thought it was chicken pox. What does the typical no-see-um bite look like? Is it a ring with a dot in it like Lyme or a welt? I was just reading through some of these posts and was confused as to how to identify a bite from them. If someone has a link to identify could they please post? Thanks
by Fio Weaver
on August 2, 2016 at 4:26 PM
As soon as I come in, I mix a few drops of bleach in a cup hot water and rub my body down. I apply a paste of baking soda and coconut oil to the bites. It helps a lot!
by Bill crossen
on September 7, 2016 at 9:02 AM
New Smyrna Beach this weekend and i am covered on my feet, legs and sides with noseeum bites. I thought that the condo we are renting had bed bugs but we found out about noseeum's for the first time!! Man do they itch !
by Kendall Huddleston
on September 8, 2016 at 8:54 AM
Being in pest control for nine years and being raised on a large farm, and from word of mouth from farmers and pest control techs that has been in service for many more years than me, no see ums are often not what they are believed to be. There are literally thousands of types of plants out there that produce pollen and fibers that are light enough to travel on almost stable air. Also, poison ivy releases toxins in stable air, that can travel great distances. These foreign obstacles tend to get in the open pores of your skin on hot, humid days. Your body recognizes these as a foreign threat and usually causes allergic reaction. Air conditioners make it worse for people due to the instant climate change. Taking a hot shower will clean your pores out but will not reduce the allergic reactions of your body.
by Kendall Huddleston
on September 8, 2016 at 9:29 AM
Also let me add that while serving in Iraq, we kept breaking out on our exposed skin with what we called "Camelitis." What it actually turned out to be was fine dust particles clogging the pores of our skin in areas. So even here in Tennessee, we have fine dust particles traveling on the air. With where you live, you can tell this by looking at the outside base of your windowsills. Whatever is striking that window is also striking you! On a warm, humid day, that is a lot of exposed pores!
by Lana
on September 21, 2016 at 2:00 PM
Apple cider vinegar! Between the chiggers and the nostrums I've been miserable since I moved back to TN. I'm also allergic to ants, especially fire ants. The ACV helps a lot. Takes down the saying and most if not all of the itching.
by Diane
on October 10, 2016 at 12:20 PM
I live in Lynchburg, Virginia and my son lives in Gladys, Virginia. He has those bugs bad. I have gotten eat up with them. They itch something furious. How can he get rid of them?
by Geo
on October 20, 2016 at 4:58 PM
Been experiencing these in our apartment in Phoenix, AZ for the last year or so. Didn't know what it was at first. Am I crazy? Am I stressed out? Why isn't anyone else experiencing these biting, crawling and itching sensations that keep me up at night for weeks on end and just as suddenly go away?  
This last time has been the worst. We can't go out onto our patio anymore. Even sitting on the couch which is on the other side of the wall of the Patio is unbearable. Hopefully, the exterminator coming tomorrow knows what these things are and can kill them off for us because life is not livable like this!
by John
on October 26, 2016 at 5:22 PM
I was told to use hot water or a hair dryer! Laughing, but I tried both methods; they worked out tremendously. I was itch free in 18 hours. Trust me; you will feel it as your applying heat. What a feeling of feeling free from itching. I would throw caution regarding young kids. Be careful not to burn yourself and apply moisturizer to the area.
by Concerned
on October 29, 2016 at 2:16 AM
Be so cautious using lime juice... actually just don't do it! Any skin exposure with lime juice can cause severe 2nd and 3rd degree burns!
by Connie
on November 3, 2016 at 8:28 AM
Thank goodness for the comments above! I had the dubious pleasure of receiving about 50 of these bites on my feet and ankles on Monday and by Tuesday night the itch was so intense it was driving me crazy! None of the creams or oral antihistamines did much to full the itch. I tried the clear nail polish trick listed above and it works very well. I'd say over 95% itch relief, quite manageable :)
by Lori Hightower
on November 27, 2016 at 7:57 PM
Try spraying your yard and house with a product called can get it at feed stores. We have had wonderful luck with it. No more, fleas, knats, spiders it seems to get rid of just about everything. Hope this helps y'all out because the noseeums are awful. We went to a family member's home for Thanksgiving and all got ate up and the itch is driving me crazy. Thank God we don't have them at home.
by Deany
on November 28, 2016 at 12:17 PM
I hate no-seeums! I live in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and they are such a nuisance.  
Best way to alleviate the itch is to use a THERAPIK device that will apply the heat it generates to quell the itch! Amazing relief, thanks, THERAPIK you rock!
by Deany
on November 28, 2016 at 12:24 PM
I hate no-seeums! I live in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and they are such a nuisance.  
Best way to alleviate the itch is to use a THERAPIK device that will apply the heat it generates to quell the itch! Amazing relief.
by Jack Hart
on January 2, 2017 at 1:49 PM
I'm a 3rd generation Florida native and have been dealing with no-see-ums and mosquitoes all my life. Here's some knowledge that I've acquired:  
The best way to deal with no-see-um bites is to not get bitten. Avoid locations and times when they are active. If avoidance isn't possible, wear protective clothing. Long sleeves, long pants tucked in, and even a hat with a mesh net. If clothing doesn't cut it for you, then there are repellents. Deet will work for awhile, but in extreme situations no-see-ums will tolerate Deet. Old-timers slathered themselves in oil. Baby oil, Skin So Soft and similar products work, but you have to put it on thick and keep reapplying. Oils work as a barrier that keeps the insects from getting grip in order to bite. Area wide preventative measures include insecticides. Bifen granules spread over your property will decrease or eliminate the no-see-um population over time. A propane powered insecticide oil fogger will eliminate no-see-ums in the area treated for 2 or three hours. Fog bushes and under porches and sandy spots, work from upwind to downwind. There are screens advertised as no-see-um mesh, but if given time no-see-ums will penetrate. If you're on a porch with screens, keep a fan blowing and burn citronella. Finally, nail polish if for chiggers. For most folks, some relief from no-see-um bites can be had with an alcohol wipe, but some people are so allergic to bites that they blister. Benadryl or a similar product may help, but in worse case a trip to the doctor for something stronger may be in order.  
Hope this helps.
by austin pain doctor
on January 22, 2017 at 8:04 PM
These no see ums are merciless. Try everything in the comments to battle these unseen critters. Some of these methods will help, some will not so better find out yourself what will work best for you. Thanks for sharing!
by Susan Smith
on February 20, 2017 at 10:56 AM
ICTHAMMOL OINTMENT is a MIRACLE for noseeum bites. Buy it at CVS. Dab on this black ointment and cover bite with bandaid. Repeat daily. The bite begins to resolve within 1-2 days and the itch is significantly reduced. BEST FIX EVER. I've suffered for years and just stumbled on this.
by Linda Mormile
on April 21, 2017 at 11:55 AM
Yes we live on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and the no-see-ums are here, too! We are lucky here, no welts or itching after a shower and they seem to love the head!  
My question for you is, what is their life cycle? I would like to know how to get rid of them by working on their breeding places and nesting places!  
Thank you.  
Reply by Kathy Keatley Garvey
on April 24, 2017 at 5:05 PM
by Thomas Kaine
on May 1, 2017 at 11:10 AM
We were infested...couldn't sleep, bugs in clothes...we were miserable. Didn't know what to do, especially after hearing they were impossible to get rid of. Considered moving and leaving everything behind. But finally after months of misery and much research and experimentation, we finally got rid of them though a combination of change in living habits, a lot of work, and pesticides...been almost a year. Hang in there can get rid of the bugs too.
by Thomas Kaine
on May 1, 2017 at 11:15 AM
We were infested...couldn't sleep, bugs in clothes...we were miserable. Didn't know what to do, especially after hearing they were impossible to get rid of. Considered moving and leaving everything behind. But finally after months of misery and much research and experimentation, we finally got rid of them though a combination of change in living habits, a lot of work, and pesticides...been almost a year. Hang in there can get rid of the bugs, too.
by July Maisel
on May 27, 2017 at 10:48 AM
I was in my sister's backyard, Pelham Alabama, for about 30 minutes helping with some yardwork. When I came back inside I noticed small red dots all over my legs. I am from Southern California; I thought that bug spray would be all I needed to be in the yard. I was so wrong. My legs got over a 100 bites. I stopped counting at 60, and that was just from my left ankle to about half way to my knee.  
The strange thing is that when I noticed the red dots on my legs I washed my legs right away with soap and all the dots disappear. However, the next morning the red dots reappeared and the pain started. They itched and burned like crazy. I was in so much pain for about a week.  
I am thankful to found this blog. Here are a few things that work for me.  
1.Oral steroid pills from the doctor. I took this after four days of trying to ride it out. It takes the inflammation down and helps dry out all the stuff under the dots.  
2. TigerBalm. I know, it smells a little but it works wonder for me--better than what the doctor give me to stop the itch.  
3. Baking soda and vinegar scrub. This helped me a lot before I tried the TigerBalm.  
4. Sleep aid after a couple sleepless night. This was much needed to stop me from waking up and trying to scratch my legs.  
I am still healing and feeling a lot better very day. Going into week No. 2.
by Julie Chew
on May 28, 2017 at 4:48 PM
Just moved to SC a few months ago and my feet and legs have been covered in bites several times and they drive me insane!!!! This itch is ridiculous!!! If it is the no-see-ums the only thing that works for me is putting a bowl of water in the microwave for one minute. Then dipping a cloth in it and holding it to the bites for several seconds. Itch is gone and does not usually return. If so, just repeat.
by Natalee Gallo
on May 29, 2017 at 6:06 AM
I recently traveled from South Texas to Eastern Tennessee due to a death in the family and the no-see-ums were terrible. Are they also called Chiggers or is that a different demon insect? Insect repellent works for chiggers, at least for me. I got about 20 bites but my sister got bitten so bad she had to go to the doctor.
by Bonnie Davenport
on May 30, 2017 at 4:20 PM
I was bit about 4 or 5 days ago by ants that were under rocks I was moving... One bit on my left hand and a few seconds later, discovered another biting on my right upper arm. I got them off and continued working. I knew it hurt but didn't pay attention until evening when I saw the welts in both areas and they were itching terribly. Since then they keep me awake at night itching... the swelling seems to travel to the hand and arm and I can't make the itching stop. I live in Michigan, so doubt they are fire ants... any idea what they may have been? They were very small and seemed to be black to reddish in color. What might stop the itch?
by Earl Lusby
on June 5, 2017 at 7:10 AM
I live in Washington state. We live near the coast. My arms are covered with red sores that got that way from itching them, leaving a scab. So here I am covered in scabs.
by Trina C
on June 11, 2017 at 9:08 AM
NEEM OIL! I live in Southern Florida and get attacked when others get away with a few bites. I've found NEEM oil in the local health supply stores. It's a thick, yellow, waxy substance out of the jar under normal household temps. It unfortunately does not smell very nice - kind of a mix of garlic and sweat socks. A little goes a long way and rubbing some onto bites on lower extremities means I can't really smell it. Just rub in a couple of days in a row after getting bitten and I no longer itch. Normally, I'm scratching for 2 weeks. I'm not certain yet, but, I'm nearly convinced it prevents me from getting as many bites. I'm also using this as a general first aid treatment and love how quickly I heal.
by Cathy Kort
on June 12, 2017 at 10:57 AM
I live in Florida. If you get bit, take a blow dryer. No, I am not kidding, and put it as hot as you can take it on the bite. Guaranteed itch will be gone in seconds. If it comes back, use blow dryer again. Have spent $$$ on every itch cream out there, nothing works like blow dryer. Old Florida trick.
by Ron Jones
on June 13, 2017 at 1:17 PM
I, too, am troubled by these bugs. I use Avon's skin so soft spray on exposed skin and seems to drown them when they land on me. Also, I put out white trays or dishes with lemon dish soap in about a half inch of water. Kill hundreds of them daily. Seems like the tray of water with lemon dish soap would be ideal for those who have a problem indoors.
by Margeaux
on June 15, 2017 at 10:51 AM
Moved to East TN and it's June...They're horrible here. You can't sit outside for 5 minutes!!!
by Julie Dunn
on June 21, 2017 at 6:17 AM
We have the no-see-ums in North Central Arkansas. I was off of meds last year and they never bothered me. This year, they are terrible; bite me like crazy! I see them on the outside of the above ground pool by the thousands! Tried to film them you can't see them on film! Sprayed bug spray around the area twice yesterday and made them fly and land on me more! Skin So Soft seemed to attract them more, as do the colored floats in the pool! Hopefully, they will disappear soon, but right now I want a tan and hard to do swatting and staying underwater! I can wipe 200 off the top of the pool and in five minutes they are back. Gonna get some peppermint oil and lemongrass and see how that does. I have herbs all over, but to no avail! Dang little things!
by Jose F
on June 26, 2017 at 5:36 AM
Terrible. Went to a spot by marina to relieve myself, stepped in my car, went home. I'm in Miami. Started feeling crawling, and disregarded it and took a shower. Almost immediate, crawling in hair and I knew there was a problem. I'm going to try a few of the methods here first and will get back to you all.
by Bilal Khan
on July 21, 2017 at 7:04 AM
Birds can be a cause of a lot of trouble, and it isn’t limited to the annoying sounds they make while you are getting comfortable at home. Many birds are hosts to dangerous viruses and pass on to other creatures including humans.
by chris
on July 23, 2017 at 5:23 PM
Where there is the beach, their are no-see-ums! Just have to live with it sometimes.
by TANNA mcmillan
on July 24, 2017 at 3:46 PM
I live in Knoxville, Tn. Any time I would go outside, even if I was only in garage, i would be bitten. So I now put on bug spray and they don't bite then. If you are bitten and it stings and itches, go get in tub and after a few minutes this will leave you but you'll still have spots where you were bit.
by Crystal
on August 5, 2017 at 12:54 PM
Lancaster Pa.--It is so bad I can barely go outside. Until my sister told me Vicks Vapor Rub really helps to keep them at bay! Little bit here or there. Lately I just put all over me. Thank heavens! As I'm typing this, I'm outside sitting. They are all around me I can see but (knock on wood), not biting. Also helps with mosquitoes and flies etc. Another thing that is horrible this year is sweat bees 🐝They are everywhere!  
Good luck everyone hope it helps !!!  
God Bless
by Julie
on August 10, 2017 at 5:03 PM
Wow! I went out to tie up my 3 tomato plants about an hour ago. Was out there 5 minutes max, and ran into the house practically in a panic from a no see ums attack from hell, lol! I was itching like crazy and thought I was going to break out in hives (happened to me twice long ago). The itching was so bad I was literally howling! I took 2 generic allergy pills (Assured Allergy Tablets) from Dollar Tree or Walmart.. diphenhydramine, 25 mg each. Then read this blog, saw Debbie's post of 08/25/14 saying to try deodorant for the horrible itching. I figured what the heck, I'll try anything! It worked like a miracle! I used a waxy solid type. Arm & Hammer Ultra Max Advanced Sweat Control, Antiperspirant Deodorant (Fresh Scent). In 5 minutes, all itch gone! <3
by Carl
on August 21, 2017 at 10:39 AM
ICE is all you need! Just keep rubbing the bites with ice cubes. In about 30 minutes all itching will stop. None of these vitamins, oils, baths are needed. ICE and plenty of it!
by edward Carlos
on August 26, 2017 at 2:07 PM
In TN, 2016: After tons of bites, and excessive no-sleep itchiness, while painting my home I cover everything before going outside. Long sleeves on shirts, socks pulled up over trousers and socks covering both hands. Only flesh exposed has been for the past two days is my face, ears (which they like, too), and neck. Only new bites in the past two days after 2-3 weeks of painting outdoors, were today, when I took the socks off my hands to do some detail work on the porch walls (floral designs). Instantly I had six or so bites on my fingers and hands, so stopped and put the socks on way up over my sleeve lengths. Good luck. Carlos
by Sandy
on August 26, 2017 at 4:24 PM
How about taking vitamins B-1 and B-12? These vitamins supposedly omit an odor through the skin that can't be that smelled by humans. It helps for mosquitoes, so it might help for the no-see-ums. Worth a try!
by Mena Moreno
on August 26, 2017 at 5:28 PM
Thank you all. Everyone in my house are getting bitten by "something" and now I believe it's the no see 'ums. Will use some or all of the remedies I've read about on this blog. Thanks again and good luck to you all.
by Sherri
on September 3, 2017 at 5:17 PM
Rather than scratch, rub a little lotion on the bite. Any hand lotion works. Works for mosquito bites, too. Chapstick works okay if that's all you have available.
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on September 18, 2017 at 3:12 AM
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by barb
on September 28, 2017 at 9:16 AM
NW Indiana: Walking on the grounds of apartment complex - small - tiny black dots on white socks biting THROUGH the sock. Itches like mad. Today, walking my pet, a small black tiny dot on sleeve of my white T-shirt bit THROUGH onto my upper arm.  
The bite STINGS a bit, then itches.  
So very, very small. Cannot tell if they jump, fly or what. Must have huge choppers to bite thru socks?  
Help. I am being eaten alive the moment I step outside. And my new fragrance? BUG SPRAY.  
Hates it! Anyone? Teeny tiny bug. No visible wing set. Looks like the head off a flea. But fleas don't bite thru socks/shirts. right?  
Heading for the Vit B now...
Reply by Kathy Keatley Garvey
on October 3, 2017 at 10:28 AM
Can you send us a photo?
by Carolyn Kane
on September 30, 2017 at 11:34 AM
I woke up with a bite in my lip. I must have swallowed it because it was in the mucosal tissue.(the inside of my lip) There was a "bite" looking "blister" where it bit me. My lip was swollen but went down over the day. I had lunch at Del Taco and ate cottage cheese and mandarin oranges for dinner. About 8:15 that night I threw up tacos and cottage cheese. (Do NOT picture this in your mind.) I know it wasn't the tacos because my boyfriend also had the same meal I had and he felt great; he still feels great this a.m. I do not. I still feel weak and crappy! I have diabetes; he does not. I don't know if this has anything to do with it or not. I don't usually throw up even when I am very sick. I don't know if it's what bit me or if I swallowed it and that is what caused my problem; I just wish it would be over with! Any one have this type of problem? do I need to bug bomb my room? Thanks for reading.
by primary care
on October 29, 2017 at 8:57 PM
Admiring the time and effort you put into your blog and in-depth information you offer. You obviously spent lots of time on this. Well done!
by Lynn
on November 22, 2017 at 3:26 AM
It took me a while to figure out what is the salve that will stick and constantly stop the itching of these bug bites that never give up it hibg.  
answer: hemmorrhoid cream.  
Plus, it is good for funny remarks. My friend now keeps a tube in a living room drawer and offers this remedy to visitors w bites. Lots of yucks!  
This works.  
As for prevention, the only sure thing is a nun habit with a veil. I live near a convent and want to ask the Sisters for help!
by A Lester
on December 28, 2017 at 4:06 PM
They are in my house. How do I get rid of them. I've tried sprays, foggers, and other pesticides. Even Pesticides companies don't know how to treat them. Go figure!
by Katie
on January 20, 2018 at 6:05 AM
Just back from Orlando (Mouse House) after a 5-day stay; horrible bites that itch like mad. I first thought it was a bed bug issue from resort hotel with first morning bites around ankles, but spouse didn't have any. It just intensified each day we were out.It was hot, humid, and rainy last week not sure if that added to the bug activity. The resort we stayed at was under refurbishment with excavations and poorly managed greenery on the grounds. Perhaps the buts were stirred up by that situation. In any event here I am a week later with legs and arms covered in itchy red welts. I took Benadryl one night to be able to sleep without itching. I have been rubbing hydrocortisone cream on the welts and that is helping.
by sam
on April 5, 2018 at 7:30 AM
Soak in a warm tub of water. Should swell up and drown themselves
by Amy
on April 19, 2018 at 5:53 AM
No see uns prefer RH- blood. That is why they seem to target certain people. We had an infestation last year and I truly nearly lost my mind over it. Likely because I gave O- blood. PURE HELL.
by Jum
on April 25, 2018 at 9:02 AM
I have these nasty things in my house, biting my hands at night. They are also on my cat. I happened on a cure on the internet for the itching that is magical. Use your hair dryer as hot as you can without burning. The bite will really get hot quick. It kills the itch immediately, and eliminates the bad scars too. Bites heal up within a few days. Before this I had tried everything under the sun. I live near creeks and have a sump pump that runs in the basement. Spraying that Yard Guard that you hook up to a hose keeps them under control outside. Horrid, horrid, things. I also spray a bug killer around my windows as they like to find the light. Advantage flea killer kills them on my cat (she stops scratching) but only works for about two weeks instead of a month. I know that is what they are because on occasion, with my bedside light on I will see this tiny speck flying. They are impossible to kill or catch in flight. They are not black flies, that are easy to see, but truly no-seeums, about the size of a grain of salt. It sounds crazy but I am not a crazy person, only made crazy by this plague of nasty little buggers.
by Teri
on May 3, 2018 at 6:16 PM
I prefer Aunt Jamima's Pancake Syrup! Spread it all over and then pat it with a powder puff with baby powder with corn starch so it won't come off on the sheets...and the dog won't lick it. They only land once, and then they're STUCK! GOOD LUCK!
by Ron
on May 16, 2018 at 4:23 AM
It is your immune system that is failing you. This is why some people get them and some don't. I have tried everything suggested on this site and more. The CDC will not care unless more people swarm them for help. They send you to sites and different place to call for not enough people demand help to the right people. Dermatologists and entomologists know about these things but don't care as long as they are not afflicted. If you tell them to look they tell you nothing is there or may excuses as to what they are. We have got to find something to take our immune system back and reactivate it. I'm in Tennessee! As you have them for a while it gets worse. That pancake syrup will attract them and they land on the skin to eat the outer layer and burrow to lay their eggs. They come out of the skin to mate once so big. The process starts over. Others opinions helpful.
by LG
on May 16, 2018 at 1:58 PM
Here we go again same time as last year. I the crazy person hallucinating and spraying my kids head to toe with oils and vinegar. Well this year I found it. Aside from bison lawn care which ended it last year along with a 2 week beach trip up north to dry out any last drips of moisture. It’s doterra breathe oil. I was using others by them. This one has it all in one. So today I will do the lawn process turn on my air. Spray is all and diffuse in the air the same oil. I put it in my shampoo and cleaning product. After last year I was eating horse paste and using diaticumous earth all over. Even bathing my kids in it and putting it in smoothies. I took a bleach bath and used baking soda for kids shaved all my hair off my body. I am bug phobic. It’s because of these little fuckers that people are. Call me for any oil or herb tips or txt or email. I thought I was dying no one else should feel that way!!!!!
by LG
on May 16, 2018 at 1:59 PM
Here we go again, same time as last year. I am the crazy person hallucinating and spraying my kids head to toe with oils and vinegar. Well, this year I found it. Aside from bison lawn care which ended it last year along with a two-week beach trip up north to dry out any last drips of moisture. It’s doTERRA breathe oil. I was using others by them. This one has it all in one. So today, I will do the lawn process, turn on my air. Spray and diffuse in the air the same oil. I am bug phobic. I thought I was dying no one else should feel that way!
by Krista
on May 27, 2018 at 12:04 AM
I’m not sure if I was bitten by a no-see-um because I saw this bug! It was super tiny and I’m trying to find out what it was. This no-see-um is the closest thing I can find.  
Sitting in the freshly mowed lawn, I felt something land on the back of my left upper arm. I looked to see what it was and quickly picked up my right hand to swipe it off. It was an itty bitty black bug about 1/3 of a regular grain of uncooked rice. I think it had little wings that were wider than they were long. It looked like a gnat. In between the time it landed on me and me knocking it off I felt a deep SHARP hot sting and it left a round red mark about 1/2 it’s size. The bug didn’t make a sound. The whole upper part of my arm immediately felt really heavy and stiff. For 20-25 minuets the upper half of my arm felt tight and like someone had shoved a hot roofing nail into it. Within 4 minutes, tops, after the bite my dad looked at the bite mark with a bright led flashlight and strong magnifying glass. I’ve never been bit by a tick before, but I thought it could maybe be one. He said he didn’t see anything strange. Shortly after my dad was done, I got little clear welts In a perfect circle around the bite mark. I put tea tree oil on it and iced it after thinking I should do something to heal it. It’s been 5.5 hours since this happened and now there’s a 2-inch radius around the bite mark that feels hot to the touch, plus my arm is sore. I don’t have any itching, but from what I read, that could be because I put a bunch of 100 percent tea tree oil on it within 15 minutes of the bite.  
Did anyone else see the bug that bit them? I live in Sacramento, CA which is 20 minutes from the area. This website is saying there is a breakout in.
by MidgeSlayer
on May 27, 2018 at 6:27 AM
There are so many comments thatI hope someone sees mine! We were advised by locals that midges/no-see-ums hate vanilla! So buy some pure real vanilla extract and make a spray. Or blend with carrier oil like jojoba, grapeseed, or sweet almond, and add other effective essential oils. Lemon grass EO is one mosquitoes hate, and ticks don't like cedar EO. Blend in a roller bottles and apply to exposed skin.  
Vanilla extract alone won't irritate your face, so apply a few dashes to your cheeks, forehead, nose and chin. Be careful around your eyes.  
As for relieving the horrible itch, these worked for me:  
1. Make a paste with baking soda and water and cover bite area. Reapply as it dries, or re-wet with a drop of water. Try oil instead of water for longer results. This doesn't work on the face, though.  
2. Tea tree essential oil full strength (avoid eyes!)  
3. Cotton ball wet with rubbing alcohol. Pull cotton ball flat like a pad, moisten it, and hold onto the bite.  
4. Aloe vera gel (great for around eyes, especially a nice, fat pulp, peeled and cooled in the fridge. Rehydrate the aloe in the fridge and continue to use. We have even had soothing results with commercial aloe blends for sun burn relief, but with these avoid the eyes.  
5. Cold wash cloth or chilled peas.  
6. Wet tea bags, chilled.  
7. Cucumber slices, chilled and peeled for eyes. Discard when it becomes warm, or rehydrate in fridge and reuse.  
8. Half of an onion applied to welts. Avoid face.  
9. Soothing essential oils blended in carrier oil, using lavender, German chamomile, frankincense, myrrh, calendula, pure vanilla extract in alcohol, tea tree, peppermint. Apply with a roller applicator. Avoid face and eyes with certain medicinal oils.  
10. Benadryl or antihistamine tablets for allergies.  
We have horrendous midges this year in North Central, Iowa. We didn't have hardly any biting insects last year. Must be it's not so dry. We're new here, and I've never had such terrible allergic reactions to these evil bugs! They're worse than mosquitoes!  
My 7-year old has red, swollen eyelids because they attacked her face as she slept, and the swelling is continuing to spread and worsen. It's been 3 days. I will have to take her to the clinic if it continues to worsen by tomorrow as she rubs them constantly, doesn't like cold packs, and generally doesn't take care of them on her own.  
No one else in the house is suffering like we are! I'm afraid to go out in the yard to work now, and can't enjoy the beautiful weather after a miserably cold, dreary winter!!! Curse them!!!
by Joy
on June 5, 2018 at 1:45 AM
I have encountered these demon flies many times. Hawaii was the worst. Had them off and on at places where I have lived. This is how I have gotten rid of them. Midges must lay their eggs in a wet environment. They love mud! Look around your house for any spots that are continually wet. Dry those spots out. If they are in the house, get rid of your plants. If you use a swamp cooler, dry the unit out and replace the pads. Look for any moist areas in your home, in front of air-conditioners, bathrooms, etc. They need water to survive. That is why they are only around during the spring in dry climates and year-round in moist climates. Deny them access. They can travel through large weave screens. One time, I even found them traveling up a drain pipe connected to the master bathroom. Had them in a rental car, which was the worst. I always wear long sleeves and pants, regardless of the temperature. My husband, fortunately, does not get bit. We have concluded it is because they like my sweet blood (diabetes runs in the family) and my husband eats salsa on just about everything. It is likely the onion that repels them.  
There are lots of good suggestions here for treatment. Thank you to everyone for contributing!
by Glenna
on June 11, 2018 at 4:18 PM
Thanks for all the info!  
I live in Texas and this has been a problem for those working in their flower beds and for small dogs. They seem to live on porches and patios.  
My 2 Shih Tzus will sit beside me and later when I get up, my nose and ears will itch and I will feel pricks on the rest of my body.
by Rafaela
on June 12, 2018 at 8:13 AM
Would bedbug spray or diatomaceous earth help?
by Charlotte
on June 21, 2018 at 10:44 AM
I was just gardening and got several bites. Usually the bugs prefer my husband. We have found that it helps to get wet in the shower, turn off the water, lather up your whole body with original Head and Shoulders and just stand there 10 minutes until the little beasts are dead. Since the fly is too small to be seen it usually has taken up residence. It kills the bug, no more new bites, cortisone will provide some relief from the itch. I did find that vinegar may speed the recovery.
by panchakarma ayurveda
on July 12, 2018 at 12:25 AM
Wow! Beautifully put, thanks for sharing your transformational and inspiring testimony! So much power and miracles found within!
by Caasi
on July 13, 2018 at 7:16 AM
Thanks for solving the mystery! These little jerks got me all over my hands and feet!
by rob saunders
on July 17, 2018 at 9:30 PM
Recently returned home to Ottawa, Canada, from a week-long vacation in Kissimmee, Florida. First night there, I fell asleep in the grass and woke up with 2 dozen or more of these bites on my arms. Before I realized that they were not mosquito bites I had itched a lot of them. Wow, truly evil little bugs.
by Windy Gregory
on July 19, 2018 at 8:55 AM
I read that when bitten, go take a bath in the hottest water you can stand. It breaks down their saliva and eases the itch. Just soak in the water for 30 minutes or so and you will feel so much better! It HAS always worked for me
by Windy Gregory
on July 19, 2018 at 8:55 AM
I read that when bitten, go take a bath in the hottest water you can stand. It breaks down their saliva and eases the itch. Just soak in the water for 30 minutes or so and you will feel so much better! It HAS always worked for me
by Windy Gregory
on July 19, 2018 at 9:24 AM
My husband bought hydrated lime and we spread that and mixed it with our dirt, it helped a lot. Then we bought malathion insect spray concentrate and doubled the mixture that the label suggest and put it in a flo-master pump yard sprayer and sprayed our yard good. It's helped a lot and I haven't had any of these pest come into my house.
by Krista
on August 3, 2018 at 8:35 PM
I always thought I was imagining this...  
Thank you
by Susan rundle
on September 4, 2018 at 2:23 AM
Ohio bites without going outside, much aggravating bites
by Diana
on September 8, 2018 at 10:49 PM
I live in Northern Arizona. Moved here about 3 years ago. The first year I got a few bites and tried over the counter meds and they helped. Second year not quite so bad. This year has been horrible! I have gone to the doctor twice and it has been going on for over a month now. We had a lot of rain this year. We have all rock yard and hardly any plants. I have never ever seen anything bite me. I never know until later when the welts come up and the itching is out of control. I have tried everything under the sun and nothing helps. The first time I went to the doctor she gave me a steroid injection and some prescription lotion (steroid). In a few days I seemed better. But still getting bitten every day or so. Yesterday I had to work in the yard (we had some trees trimmed) last night I was out of my mind with pain and itching and loaded with bites everywhere. Went to Urgent Care today and they gave me Medrol 4 pK (STERIOD) We also bought a extra thick filter for our bedroom window so we can leave that window open at night. I have had the air on and all the windows closed for over a month. I just hope and pray this will quit soon. Driving me crazy! I have read all of your remarks and I thank you, because there are some I have not tried yet.
by curtis
on September 16, 2018 at 2:47 AM
It is so comforting to know I am not crazy like some people think anyway. I have suffered 3 + years now and I have tried everything under the sun and I mean everything. I am embarrassed to admit some..I wonder what caused this to appear after so many years. I have driven myself crazy and quite BROKE at times; I would love to have what I spent so far. But I also have worked my butt off to no avail and tried so hard to keep up some hope. But my retirement is just another hell on earth. I have heard my immune system may be compromised and that makes them bite me more. I know I am with the man on this blog that said he would not live in hell on earth; my wife of 23 years died last year and I am alone on top of all else. Y'all hang in there. My nervous system has started to feel like an electric shock when the they bite and they hurt more...good luck
by NS
on September 19, 2018 at 7:51 AM
We live in mid Georgia and we're having a terribly difficult time with them. We tried bombing our house and washing and rewashing bedding, cleaning and cleaning, etc. Like everyone else has done. I'll tell you what's helped the bites for me was spraying alcohol on my legs and patting dry with a washrag. It takes the itch away pretty good. Then I use a burn Spray that has Lidocaine in it to numb the bites and then cover my legs in J&J lavender oil for babies for tea tree oil, although lavender worked better. Hydrocortisone definitely helps the itch, but I use it after first numbing the bites with lidocaine. Really, the only way to avoid the itch is to numb them out. They are wicked bites.
by Debbie
on September 21, 2018 at 10:33 AM
I have read that mosquitoes find us by our breathing; they detect yeast somehow, and that it is helpful to avoid things containing yeast. This may be why some are bitten, and others not. Also--there is a trap, or decoy/ killer, if you will, where you can put a yeast trap in your yard and these bugs go in, but don't come out. Pretty ingenious!
on October 3, 2018 at 9:56 AM
We live in Phoenix and no seeums are eating me up (10/2/2018) so I did some research and guess what! They said use Zest soap twice a day to shower so I did and it worked.  
by Tammie Cox
on November 14, 2018 at 4:57 PM
These flying devils are the WORST! We purchased a lot in Southern Florida to build but these noseeums are eating me alive and my husband, none. We got married in March. I did not get bit at all. In August we came back to look for homes or properties and I had over 100+ bites. I used several OTC benadryl, calamine no help. Then I pulled out the power using bleach and nail polish. I looked horrible but it helped a bit. We are back now for 6 months in November. Guess what; they started eating me alive. I tried everything. There is a lot of poison in those dang bites! Well, this is what has worked, Wet Ones antibacterial wipes. You cannot use substitutes. The active ingredient is Benzethonium Chloride; 0.3% others have 0.11%, NO GOOD. Rub the bites aggressively until you can't handle it. They ooze out; looks bad but it works! Then I bought Avon Skin So-Soft original scent spray. Just started it today.
by beverly Manley
on December 16, 2018 at 8:12 PM
To kill sand gnats, buffalo gnats, or noseeums in house, car, garage, use Para moth balls or crystals. Plan to move out of your house for 4-6 weeks while they dissolve and fumes kill the gnats. Put several packets (about 1/2 lb) in plastic shoebox and place on floor of every room of your home. Also empty cabinets under sinks (bath and kitchen) and put 1/2 lb near hot water lines. These insects usually nest around hot water lines. Good luck!
by Jamie
on January 10, 2019 at 8:08 PM
So I see a lot of posts about the itching but have any of you experienced them in your mouth, throat? Teeth? I feel like my kids and I are struggling badly with this. We're infested over and over in our home, and we all swallowed some because we breathed them in unknowingly. Obviously, because you can't see them and now months later and in new housing, we find that they still seem to be with us. They are stuck in our gums, teeth and back of our throats but I cannot get doctors to listen to me.. Please we can't be the only ones... someone help
by Debra sims
on February 4, 2019 at 1:05 PM
All I know is that these tiny creatures are driving me crazy. I think the devil sent them from hell just to make us miserable. The only thing I know to do is pray that God will take them away.
by Erica
on April 13, 2019 at 1:29 PM
I live in North Jefferson County, Alabama. I have enjoyed almost 40 years of playing and working outside in my yard, until 2 years ago. I started suffering from these bites all over my legs and arms. They’re red and after showering, I always have either a red dot in the center or a pale scab (sorry, I know this is not a pleasant comment). A year ago, we had something infect the inside of our home. After hiring 2 exterminators, I was convinced I was crazy. They said it was fleas and mites and could not infest a home. Well, yes, they can and they did. This is how I was able to rid my home of those pesky biters. They don’t like heat, so I bought a cheap floor steam cleaner. I added some menthol, like you’d put into a humidifier. I wiped everything top to bottom. Steamed my bed, furniture, and washed all my sheets in hot water. Anything I couldn’t wash, I threw in the dryer for a bit. After a week, I was sleeping well again. Now, to keep this from happening, when I come in from working outside, I immediately bag my clothes and run to a hot shower. Cheap lice prevention shampoo helps remove them from your body while you shower. Also, make sure to wash your feet before getting into a clean bed. I still get bit sometimes worse than other times. If it’s bad enough (my legs and arms) I take a vinegar-soaked rag and gently wipe the affected areas. I hope this helps someone. I know I’ve read this blog many helpless nights. Something has had to have changed within my body because I’ve never had issues with bug bites, other than the occasional mosquito. I find great therapy working in my yard. I just hope one day I can go out without having to worry about these biting demons.
by Cyn Thia
on April 15, 2019 at 1:35 PM
Hot water on q-tips for the bites, and neem oil got rid of the no see ums for me last year. I sprayed lots of neem oil on soil under the porches and on all the houseplants and on the dogs after reading about it online. Also under the porches (and around the perimeter of the house), I doused the soil with various essential oils (neem/peppermint/lavender/melaleuca) and bleach and vinegar and hydrogen peroxide, so I’m not sure which one worked outside. On the inside, it was the neem oil on the houseplants that got rid of them. And this year, it's April and no sign of them yet this year. I was miserable last year when they were in the house, and only got rid of them by thoroughly soaking my house plants especially soaking the soil and all leaves top and underside with neem oil. I spray under the porches again this year and the perimeter of the house with neem/peppermint/lavender/melaleuca mixture. I also spray the dogs with that neem/peppermint/lavender/melaleuca mixture to give them relief from itching AND in case they might bring no see ums inside. After surviving no see ums last year, I’m way more proactive this year. When rain puddles for an afternoon, I grab my neem oil sprayer and go outside and spray the standing water.
by Kenny K
on April 18, 2019 at 6:32 PM
Sounds similar to chiggers. Here in Chicago when I cut the grass, I get the chigger bites. These are red creatures though, very painful bites and they gelatanize the blood beneath the skin, which creates scar tissue, blemishes, and bumps.
by Larry Rose
on April 21, 2019 at 3:27 PM
For over a year I have been on the receiving end of three different almost continuous bug attacks that are quite painful and difficult but no one else in my home seems to get bitten. Originally one was like white dust balls but they appeared to be grey underneath and had a lot of straight very long "legs like a daddy longlegs"and could jump a very long distance and bite very hard. The second type were fairly small and again bit very hard. They were from a red/black color to just black and would leave my legs and arms with grey black bites (?). They could over time be removed with extremely hot water but I felt that that was a residual from the bite. I feel that they were introduced by an outside source and possibly through the vents of the house HVAC. I have been able to control their attacks with lots of vacuuming two and three times per day. I will leave the last until later on if you can help with the first two.
by Kenna
on May 1, 2019 at 2:09 PM
No-see-ums thrive in the coast range of Oregon and I've tried all the tips to avoid being bitten. They still find their way to me via a button hole or loose pant leg; or they get in the house and bite me in my sleep. Last fall, I started taking a 1000 mg turmeric supplement for other health reasons. To my surprise, I haven't been bug-bitten since. I hadn't thought of the correlation until this spring when I knew the bug hatch was in full swing. Taking a supplement makes it so that the bugs avoid All of my skin...not just the part covered with repellent. No more bites, welts, blisters, itching, or scars!
by Jimmy Curry
on May 13, 2019 at 4:09 PM
I live in Sugar Land, Texas, just southwest of Houston. These no-see-ums zone in on me every time I step outside as if I'm a magnet. The bites are exactly as everyone describes. This remedy has not been mentioned, or at least as far as I have read the comments. My sister in-law recommended Bug Soother, a pump spray that repels bugs using natural ingredients. Let me say that as long as I remember to spray it on my neck and arms, and apply by spraying my hand to apply it to my face, nose, ears, and brow. They fly around a little, but do no not bite or land on me.
by Allura
on June 9, 2019 at 5:26 PM
Are there no-see-sums in Hawaii? I just recently moved to a house surrounded by lava rock and the dirt is redlike clay but with the consistency of dirt. Every time I walk outside in the dirt, my legs get super itchy! I never see anything crawling on me or flying on me, so I did a Google search and found this. It really sounds like it could be what I'm dealing with. Just stinks. My legs are getting more and more dots and more and more itchy every day. Does anyone know if they live out here too?
by Keya Robinson
on June 18, 2019 at 10:28 AM
Try Neutrogena T-Gel therapeutic shampoo extra strength. I dilute a small amount with water, and using a spray bottle I spray all over my body just before getting dressed and once again over clothing and shoes since I'm mostly bit near lower legs, ankles and feet. I've tried 'everything' else, ordered products highly reviewed on Amazon, everything over the counter and even went to stores that sell hunting merchandise. Also went to a dermatologist who took a biopsy of a bite and couldn't find a cause. The shampoo has a slight scent of tar which I believe is what keeps the bugs away. It's not noticeable once I spray it on, so no worries about odor. It works! Hope this helps!
by Cheryl S
on June 20, 2019 at 7:28 PM
Bomb your house. Then use mint oil and cinnamon or Thieves oil in an oil burner. Sage smudge your home. Outside plant mint where people can walk over and release the scent. Get rid of any standing water, leaks, and other bad moist conditions.
by Beth
on June 23, 2019 at 5:36 PM
Got about 100 bites in FL this week on vacation and the itching drove me crazy! The first two nights I didn't get any sleep. We found Tiger Balm is the ONLY thing that helped the itching.
by fitnesshealthforever
on July 10, 2019 at 11:44 PM
This is an informative post. Got a lot of info and details from here. Thank you for sharing this and looking forward to reading more of your post.
by cristina coates
on August 19, 2019 at 4:50 PM
I am glad I found out this info. We just vacationed in Michigan, and I came home with welts that looked like mosquito bites. The itching was awful, and wouldn't stop. I took benadryl at night and tried cortisone cream, but had no relief. I got relief from Desitin ( diaper rash cream). It worked great the itching stopped almost immediately. Thanks for sharing your stories.
by Jonas Hecor
on August 24, 2019 at 4:51 PM
Do anyone still doubt natural herbs? I've seen the great importance of natural herbs and the wonderful work they have done in people's lives. I wonder why people still spend their money on surgery, injections and drugs each time they are sick. Natural herbs can cure all kinds of illness including herpes, diabetics, asthma, HIV, hepatitis, etc. I've seen it with my own eyes.
by corrin
on August 27, 2019 at 5:43 PM
I'm going to try using an electric cool mist aromatherapy diffuser Walmart sells a wide variety of them and many cost $20 or less. I will try clove oil and tea tree oil to start out. Will let you know what happens.
by Patricia Loyd
on September 5, 2019 at 12:09 AM
We were recently visiting friends in Manhattan Beach, California which is not typically a place where you would hear of noseeums but unfortunately they had an infestation. We came home with hundreds of bites and even a week and a half later bites are still showing up.  
One of the postings mentioned spraying alcohol on the bite really helps and that does better than calamine lotion or anything else over the counter. On another site I read a post that said they had great success with bowls of dish soap and vinegar water sitting around, collected so many of these little pests. The thing I’m worried about is is there any possibility that we brought them home with us and that is why we are still seeing new bites. I live in Bakersfield, California and to my knowledge we have never had noseeums here. Thank you for all your postings this was very helpful
by Emily L
on September 25, 2019 at 9:47 AM
Fight nature with nature, oils are the way to go! I found a guy on YouTube and he said use some drops of 100% Melaleuca tea tree oil, and equal parts of witch hazel and Listerine, the yellow kind. It's only been one day since I've used it and I feel a million times better! I tried the vinegar and water I tried all the bug sprays I tried everything everybody suggested and nothing has worked for me but this and it was quick working. Good luck!
by Jamie
on December 14, 2019 at 8:28 AM
Buy a 500L tub freezer, wash, then freeze your clothes (wet), your bed linen, towels and any other fabric for 2-3 days. This will kill them in your clothes. I also freeze my shoes.  
Encase and importantly seal your mattress in moving plastic so its air-tight. And do it again.  
I'm in Australia and have been living with these bugs for a year now. $40k later, 6 rental cars and a new apartment later, they're back after a month. Bugger!(Pardon the pun).
on December 23, 2019 at 5:21 AM
I must thank you for the efforts you have put in penning this website.  
I really hope to see the same high-grade blog posts by you later on as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my very own blog now.
by Sheppard
on December 24, 2019 at 9:10 PM
Has anyone tried mint-scented or tea tree oil scented body wash. Does any of that stuff work to repel them?
by Christopher Ruiz
on March 12, 2020 at 9:33 PM
This is an excellent post and I would definitely recommend it to others.
by Debbi Owen
on June 3, 2020 at 10:53 AM
I have bites all over my arms and legs from this morning's watering the outdoor plants session, and am about to go nuts from the intense itching. However, I'll soon be applying "Chigarid," the only thing that works. I've got a bottle in the front and back of the house.
by Rev Pamela O'Brien
on June 12, 2020 at 11:17 PM
Noseeums enter through screened windows and screen doors so I have to live with my screened patio glass sliding doors entrance to my living room shut. And living now with all windows closed andI RUSH out abd in the house through the doors because I see several fly in virtually every time. It began in fall of last year 2019. However, I don't feel the bites unless I put lotion or repellent on the bites which can be red or just a tiny swollen spot. They love the tip of my nose, above my lips, each side of my nose, around my eyebrows, behind my ears but rarely my hand, thighs or arms. So now I use repellent on my face and neck daily and to deter them at night, I spray my pillows and upper part of bed sheets and blanket which works approximately. 99.9% of the time.  
They also love the meaty cat food because I have squished dozens by tapping the little bowl causing them to move so I can witness them and I squish them. Also they are attracted to a small bowl of white vinegar with some liquid soap which obviously poisons them. I've recently trapped approximately 30 total in 3 different litle bowls over 2 weeks. A few I've smashed with my hand as they show up on the counters. Pest Control company say they can't eliminate them... Why are they here ??? I've lived in this home for 8 years. I've lived in this state almost 15 years. First time I heard of noseeums was while living in Virgin Islands but...when I got bit on 2 different occasions at night both times it was painful felt like I had been stuck/shot with a large needle. And I didn't see it. The ones here are very different I can see them !!! Often when they enter through the screened window they are white. But later I only see black ones. BLESSED that they don't carry viruses like mosquitos which I got Dengue fever from in the Islands. PRAYING !
by Sarah James
on July 10, 2020 at 10:48 AM
I found a bug spray in Florida called "home boys homie juice" that works on no-see-ums! It's all natural and was the only thing that has worked for me. They have a Facebook page so you can review it and order it directly from them. Highly recommended as it is pet/children safe and has no toxins.
by AC
on August 24, 2020 at 1:54 PM
For those who were not able to solve the issue with a doctor, try RED WINE VINEGAR IN A SPRAY BOTTLE 2 TIMES DAILY. You may also take a tablespoon by mouth up to 2 times daily. You can mix it with water to avoid any possible burning, especially when taking orally without diluting too much.
by Rosalie Gonzalez
on October 8, 2020 at 6:11 PM
I live in La Mesa, CA, and I am getting eaten alive by these nasty creatures. I get bites all over my body and have tried using everything I can think of to stop the itching. The welts are just as pictured.  
I am not an outdoors person, and I mainly avoid sitting outside in my patio because I am afraid to get bitten worse, so my bites are occurring in my house. Does using a Bomb in the house help get rid of these? I will try anything.
by Shelley Scarich
on November 23, 2020 at 11:42 AM
Thank you for all this info. Hardware store staff couldn't help much. I've lived in this house for 16 years; this is new problem. I'm a little hyper and itching all the time doesn't help! I'm a UCD alumni, btw.
by Phyllis Alston
on May 24, 2021 at 5:04 PM
I live in NC and these tiny, tiny things fly around my ankles all the time, and bite me in my sleep.
by Martha Christensen
on July 1, 2021 at 9:11 AM
These bugs are so small and when you open your door to go outside. they come inside. We are fighting these for over 2 years. No one can tell us how to get rid of them. We sold our house and did not take anything with us, NOTHING, and at 70 years old, we moved to an apartment and we are getting bitten here... we are miserable ....Last company told landlord it was some sort of whiteflies and this is not what they are...they sprayed yesterday and made it worse today.
by Rhoda
on July 30, 2021 at 8:13 AM
Has anyone used an exterminator to kill these bugs that was effective? I am the only one in my house that these bugs are biting. I have gone to the doctor, but they were not able to help me.
by Boiler Lokal
on September 17, 2021 at 1:51 AM
Your blog posts are beautiful and so eloquent! I love hearing about what the team has been up to and the great experiences that you all have had.
by Silas
on October 18, 2021 at 8:34 PM
I have struggled with noseeums (Culicoides spp.) inside my house in Tampa bay FL for 8 months now and learned how to live with them. I have searched a lot and talked to entomologists and physicians. I even created a Facebook page @noseeumbitingmidges to help some of you free of charge, especially those who have been suffering years with infestation at your home.
by Mary
on October 24, 2021 at 11:33 AM
I live in Pueblo co and I as well as others around me thought I was going crazy. I have bites from my fingers down to my toes. Everywhere! I been to a dermatologist and was told folliculitis and also bad nerves. I been laughed at,at a local hospital. Very humiliating but to know that I'm not alone and I'm not crazy is a relief. I've used every kind of insecticide out there and have spent so much money doing laundry. I'm gonna try everyone's relief suggestions til I find some comfort. But why don't they bite my house guests? It's just me and my husband has a few. Why do they get hard inside?
by Eddie Gonzalez
on October 24, 2021 at 5:12 PM
Silas, my name is Eddie, I’m 55 years old and I’ve been dealing with these bugs for 12 years now. It started at my mom's house ( backyard tool shed ) and it has spread to my house a mile away, my work area, and now that I’m a truck driver, my truck is infested now. I’ve used every chemical Home Depot and Wal-mart have to offer. Now I’m realizing that I’m never gonna be free these pest and that they’re going to the grave with me. Please! Help!
by Alice Kohl
on November 2, 2021 at 12:14 PM
I have been plagued with these gnats for 5 weeks. I bought soil to replant my indoor and outdoor plants (used garden soil). It was a little wet coming out of the bag, but I didn't think it would be a problem. I then went away for a week and used those water globes to keep my [plants watered. When I got home my plants were overwatered a lot. So I decided to not water them for awhile. And then I started getting bit. I researched their behavior and realized what they were. I have used sticky traps in my plants and caught some. Put all my plants in my garage and have let them completely dry out. Use diatomaceous earth in the top and bottom of the plants. Used food grade diatomaceous earth and powdered all my rugs and left it on for 3 days at a time. I ran my air conditioned to 67 degrees, and kept fans blowing on me. I have sprayed myself with OFF. Nothing works. But there aren't as many. I hope I am getting somewhere with it. It is now fall and when spring comes I plan on treating my yard with diatomaceous earth as often as I can and any other insecticide proven to work. I will try anything. I have RH blood and am prediabetic. Will definitely cut down on sugar. There are days when it seems they are gone and then next day I am getting bit again. I sure hope the insecticide companies come up with a solution. After reading these blogs I see no sense in paying an exterminator. I hope I don't have to completely get rid of my indoor plants, but I definitely won't be doing any outside gardening and buying any soil. Here's hoping there's a solution soon.
by Sonja Lewis
on July 26, 2022 at 5:44 PM
Everyone has my sympathy...I get 3-week itches from spider bites. But I want to point out that most species of gnats do NOT suck blood--they're vegetarians. But the species of insects and spiders/ticks/mites that do, cause such misery. The more panicky you get, the worse your itching reaction is likely to be. Dry, cooler conditions often end these pests' life cycles. Diatomaceous earth can harm your lungs if overused or used carelessly. An example of the harmless kinds of gnats: when I lived 2 years right beside a central Idaho river, one spring we had clouds of gnats that seemed to be everywhere, and were very attracted to lights. They did NOT bite us--and these kinds are a vital food for many animals! We kept them out of the house by leaving the light off in the room with an outside door we were able to use.
by Linda Clark
on January 5, 2023 at 4:45 PM
I live in Tennessee,and I had never heard of noseeums until 4 years ago. I have been bitten on my scalp, arms hands, and legs. I'm desperate to find something that works. It seems impossible to eradicate these biting things. I've read articles stating they are thousand of species. How does one identify the species? I would love to hear comments and reply to others if that's possible.
by Luke
on January 12, 2023 at 12:45 PM
Man, I hate those things!
by Linda Clark
on January 20, 2023 at 4:20 PM
Silas, any advice when it's not just itchy bites but inflammation, swollen lymph nodes, and edema in feet and legs? my scalp is the absolute worst. The inflammation is so bad it feels as if my hair is sutured to the scalp and super glued. I worked in the medical profession for years but never heard or saw anything like this until about four years ago. I don't understand why there is so little help, or information available to so many people suffering. Please, anyone, who is being bitten on their head or can offer advice, please please, reply. I feel so helpless and hopeless I pray all who are suffering.-- Linda Clark
by Alicia Venor
on March 11, 2023 at 2:10 PM
WINDEX! It doesn't solve the problem entirely. You literally have to treat this like a full-on assault and vacuum many times, wash all clothes and then place them in black trash bags and vacuum out all air. Same with your car and workplace. I've also had success lighting a fire in my fireplace, but the Windex helps because it has ammonia, and then just freaking go crazy on your house and clean EVERYTHING! It's a total battle but I am sooooooo tired of getting chewed up and people not even believing me. Ugh. Good luck all. Hope you kill them all!
by Anjuman
on April 5, 2023 at 7:12 PM
I have been suffering from almost invisible flying insect bites since last summer. I think my condo in infested with these insects (no-see-ums?) and they are growing more and more each day. It is almost impossible for me even for a day to live like this.  
I am considering heat treatment as someone mentioned here. I would like to get more information about this. Please help!
by Anne-Marie
on September 7, 2023 at 4:44 PM
Seems like there are no real answers as to how to get rid of them. At least 6 months dealing with noseeums on my property, in the house, the car, etc. It has gotten a bit better and thankfully I do not have the awful reactions to the bites that some of you do. It is craziness! I thought it was fleas brought by wildlife on the property (I have no pets). After having everything professionally treated a couple of times, the glue pads my exterminator left only turned up noseeums. I realized that I have a wheelbarrow in the yard for fire pit firewood that has been collecting water so I just poured Clorox in it to hopefully kill eggs/ larvae before I dump it tomorrow. There's also a leaky pipe under the house that I need to have repaired in case they are breeding in the dampness. I was losing my mind and haven't invited anyone over in so long for fear of them getting bit. Good luck everyone! Try to identify the source of their breeding grounds. My houseplants will go next if this doesn't completely take care of it.
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