Getting Rid of No-See-Ums?

Anyone here succeded so far in getting rid of those pesky noseeums from your house? I've tried many remedies and traps, but none has made a breakthough so far in the assault of a massive number of annoying bugs. Has anyone been successful in wiping them out from their homes? Because I can't seem to no matter what I do.


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December 13, 20140 found this helpful
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Are you talking about fruit flies? No-see-ums are a catchall name for many different kinds of small flies, many of which bite. Fruit flies are the most common tiny fly in homes, and you get them in rotten fruit, in pop cans and juice boxes, in potted plants, in compost pails, in garbage cans, etc. I have never found traps to be effective. The best way to keep them under control is to get rid of all the places that they reproduce. Clean up your garbage containers. Don't keep pop bottles, juice boxes, etc around - or if you do keep them for recycling, rinse them out before putting them in your containers. You may have to toss potted plants if they are in the soil, or, just spray them with an insecticide.

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November 1, 20180 found this helpful

You are actually wrong about that. "Noseeums" is NOT a "catch all term" for many types of flies....It is a nickname for a very specific type of biting gnat that is so microscopic in size that you literally can not see them. They are the size of a dust particle. Also known by the nicknames "punkies" or "5-O's" (depending upon the part of the U.S. they are wreaking havoc in) and often mistakenly referred to as sandflies (which are a similar but different species of biting gnat.) Noseeums are a very vicious biting gnat fly called a Biting Midge. They are from the Scientific family Ceratopogonidae which has over 5,000 species.) The Culicoid Genus (of which there are over 2,000 species) are most common in the U.S. Their females require a blood meal for protein needed for their eggs to mature and they will bite ferociously. Their bite is painful as they have powerful scissor type jaws that rip open your skin. They also inject an anti-coagulant so they can feed uninterrupted. If you are allergic which is common, the bites can turn into large welts and become infected.


They can detect CO2 from 200 meters away and will attack in swarms around your face. They can infest your home, which is becoming more and more common as towns and government agencies continue to use pesticides to control ticks, mosquitos and aquatic parasites such as mill foil, these noseeums are being pushed away from their natural habitat near lakes, streams and rivers in warm humid areas and right into residential areas. This will reach epidemic proportions soon if something is not done to stop it and it is your worst nightmare. Bed bugs are a vacation compared to these microscopic parasitic beasts. They infest every part of your body and everything in your home. It is akin to having a house fire. If you live near a source of fresh water, buy noseeum proof window screens and make certain your home has no holes or cracks where air can enter, do not bring plants in from outside and check any plants purchased in greenhouses, run a dehumidifier if you live in a humid area also...these are literally the smallest insects in the world but can wreak the very worst of havoc!

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September 8, 20150 found this helpful
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When I bought some new potting soil and repotted about 6 plants, I thought I was going to die from all the gnats! What worked for me (but it took 5 weeks because there was so many) was those sticky fly cylinders laying across the pots. Those caught many newly hatched gnats.


Then shallow little glass bowls of regular cooking oil. The adults would go in and not be able to fly off.

These two methods caught hundreds a day! Now, I bought some play sand (bleached) at the hardware and put 1/2 inch on top of plants. That is supposed to work. I will see when I ever transplant again.

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October 11, 20161 found this helpful

Air conditioning is the only effective way - they do not like the cold !!!

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