How To Prevent No-see-um Bites At Home
“What is biting me?” If you’ve ever found yourself frantically scratching your legs and arms, while enjoying a nice chat with your neighbors at dusk, you’ve probably unknowingly experienced the bite of no-see-ums.
Before we discuss preventing no-see-um bites at your Fort Myers home, let’s take a closer look at these irritating insects.
Only 1–3 millimeters long, or .03 of an inch, these biting gnats are tiny and nearly invisible. And, since they fly in hordes, you don’t get bit once, you get bit all over dozens of times.
The females are the main culprit of your bites because they need human blood for their eggs to mature.
The fact is coastal areas like your Cape Coral and Fort Myers home provide a primary habitat for these biting insects. They love our warm weather and tend to be most active at sunrise, dusk, and on cloudy days, when there is no breeze.
Why No-see-um Bites Itch
No-see-ums use their scissor-like mouths to open skin and secrete an anti-coagulant, which allows them to efficiently take a blood meal from their unsuspecting victim. This anti-coagulant secretion is what causes no-see-um bites to be particularly painful, inflicting a stinging and ensuing, maddening itch.
Unfortunately, it can take minutes to hours to days for you to get a complete reaction to this “poison-like” substance received from the bite. Areas become red, and, in some cases, turn into welts. Both are extremely itchy and can sometimes develop into infections.
Treating No-see-um Bites At Home
As soon as you notice the bites, do your best not to scratch! I know, easier said than done.
Instead, clean them with soap and water or an antiseptic solution. This clears away the no-see-ums’ saliva and reduces your risk of getting an infection. Then, apply an anti-itch cream or cold compress to reduce the itching and swelling. Repeat and continue until the exasperating itch is under control.
Preventing No-see-um Bites At Your Fort Myers Home
- Keep grass and shrubbery trimmed, and cover or drain any sources of standing water.
- Create a breeze. Run ceiling fans at high speed to help prevent no-see-ums.
- Install proper screening which can help prevent no-see-ums from entering caged lanais at your Fort Myers home. Keep in mind, even with a pool cage, no-see-ums are small enough to get through the mesh.
Some homeowners don’t like the feeling of being “caged in” so they opt for our Mosquito Misting System, which prevents no-see-ums and mosquitoes from invading your Fort Myers home. Let’s face it – both insects are extremely annoying.
The MistAway System prevents no-see-um bites at home and allows you to enjoy your pool and lanai cage-free. Entertaining your friends is now more comfortable and enjoyable.
Once installed, the system automatically sprays a very fine mist of safe, botanical insecticide through a series of mosquito misting nozzles installed on your property. Below are a few benefits:
- Made in the USA
- Parts are safe, durable, and high-quality, ensuring mosquito and no-see-um control
- The system blends seamlessly with your outdoor environment
- Simple to use and requires minimal attention and maintenance
- Immediate control with the handy remote when needed
Contact Larue To Prevent No-see-um Bites At Home
Whatever your requirements, the MistAway Mosquito Misting System can be customized to fit your outdoor space. There are various types of installation techniques, so it is best to contact one of our technicians for an evaluation of your outdoor area and to see how we can best prevent no-see-ums for your home.
Life is too short to feel uncomfortable in your own outdoor oasis. With a MistAway Misting System, you take control by preventing no-see-ums at your Fort Myers home.