Gnat and No See Um Control Services
It’s comforting to know that our expertise in eliminating and controlling mosquitoes also applies to two other highly annoying pests – gnats and no see ums.
Also known as biting midges or sandflies, gnats, and no-see-ums can be quite a nuisance due to their irritating bites and their ability to swarm in large numbers.
Gnats and no-see-ums are blood-feeding insects, and very similar to mosquitoes in that regard.
The females require a blood meal to reproduce, so they bite humans and animals to obtain the necessary nutrients. Their bites can cause discomfort, itching, and sometimes allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.
These gnats and no-see-um insects are incredibly small, with some species measuring less than 1/8th of an inch in length. Their small size allows them to easily pass through screens or small openings, making it challenging to keep them out. And that’s where we can rise to the occasion and be the hero that gets rid of them.
Gnats and no-see-ums often gather in large groups or swarms, which can be highly annoying, so much so to the point of distraction, causing many folks to head back indoors.
These swarms can occur near bodies of water, such as ponds, lakes, or marshes, which serve as breeding sites for these insects.
Oftentimes, they are hard to spot until you unknowingly walk into a swarm of them – totally gross! As their name suggests, no-see-ums
are difficult to see due to their small size and transparent wings. This makes it challenging to detect their presence until they start biting. And when that happens, it’s too late.
No-see-ums and gnats can be persistent pests. They are active during the day and in the early evening, making outdoor activities uncomfortable. Additionally, their bites can be more irritating than those of mosquitoes, as they inject an anticoagulant to prevent blood clotting, which can cause prolonged itching and discomfort. Honestly, that really sucks.
As if annoyance and biting isn’t enough, gnats and no see ums may threaten us and our household pets because they create unclean environments as they multiply rapidly.
Male gnats feed on plant nectar, whereas females feed on blood. Bites are more likely to occur on exposed skin and often cause irritation, itchiness, swelling, and redness. And gnats may also be found indoors since they enjoy damp spots, like potted plants.
If you’re dealing with these pests outdoors, the most effective gnat control methods require the assistance of a pest control pro. The Squad is ready to help you fight pesky gnats, so your family can enjoy your outdoor space without irritation.
Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease caused by the Leishmania parasite, transmitted to humans through the bite of the infected female sandfly gnats and no-see-ums. Although prevalent in tropical and subtropical regions, Leishmaniasis can affect both humans and animals.
Our vector control spraying programs can also effectively reduce this potentially dangerous population.
If bitten, treatment medications such as antimonials, amphotericin B, and miltefosine are commonly used to treat Leishmaniasis. In severe cases, hospitalization may be required.
A phone call will send our team to give you the protection you need. You can also get in touch with us by clicking on this link. We look forward to hearing from you and keeping your outdoors free of flying pests.
Craig Whitman, owner Indiana Mosquito Busters