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Has anyone suggestions for dealing with no see'ums in the house?

Asked by janbb (56594points) June 24th, 2019

I plan to Google more and call my exterminator as well but wonder if any Jellies have direct experience.

In warm weather, I have been getting little stinging bites in the house. I thought they were from fleas at first and treated for that but now think they are no see’ums because I don’t. In Scotland recently I was bitten by midges who seem to be their cousins.

Other than slathering myself with disgusting repellent, does anyone have suggestions for getting rid of them? I apparently am a tasty morsel.

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janbb's avatar

@Tropical_Willie Do you think it would catch no see’ums too?

Tropical_Willie's avatar

I have fruit flies and no see’ums on the tape in the kitchen right now.

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@canidmajor Got ya. It is frustrating!

@janbb Just looked online and they sell it at my local hardware store. Going over there today!

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Burt’s bees bug repellent seems to work on no-seeums for me.

janbb's avatar

@Tropical_Willie That last comment was meant for you not me!

I went to the hardware store and they just had the ugly brown kind so that is up now. Will report back.

LadyMarissa's avatar

Homemade nontoxic repellent. i think I’d mix up a batch to see IF it actually works.IF it doesn’t, you won’t be out of anything but time. I don’t have a problem with them; however, IF I did, I think I’d try it.

janbb's avatar

@LadyMarissa Sounds worth trying!

stanleybmanly's avatar

Let me understand you. You weren’t afflicted by these noseeums prior to your Scotland trip? You are only bitten in your house and only in warm weather?

janbb's avatar

@stanleybmanly No – I’ve been affected in my house in warm weather over the past few years. I was also bitten a lot by midges while in Scotland a few weeks ago.

chyna's avatar

Please let us know what works!

stanleybmanly's avatar

I’m much more interested in identifying the culprit(s). Do others visiting you suffer your fate?

canidmajor's avatar

If you want a personal topical bug repellant, I make up one that I have been using for years that is very effective.
Happy to pass on my recipe if you like.

LadyMarissa's avatar

@janbb I’m a huge believer in using various essential oils as my first line of defense. So, my first go to is research on what EO’s will help the situation. As long as the aromas don’t clash too terribly, I start mixing!!! Tea Tree isn’t one of my favorite aromas; however, it’s not bad enough to continue being bitten!!!

Another thought…I know that bees & mosquitoes are attracted to perfume. Don’t know about the no seeums. Any chance you wear perfume???

seawulf575's avatar

You could try the same trick used for fruit flies. Get a small bowl and put some wine and dawn dishwashing liquid into it. Put light shining right on it .

janbb's avatar

@seawulf575 I read about something similar and tried apple cider vinegar mixed with Dawn but with very little success.

@stanleybmanly As I said in my details, it’s no see ‘ums which are called midges in Scotland.

@LadyMarissa No perfume.

seawulf575's avatar

@janbb I found wine works better…fruit flies are alkies apparently. I’ve always capture tons of fruit flies when they get in.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I use “PIC Window Fly traps” available on Amazon for $2.99 for 4. I place them at the bottom of the windows and on the window on the entrance door. They catch all sorts of critters.

Inspired_2write's avatar

They are usually found in sandy areas…
A neighbor took “free” beach sand to fill his child’s sandbox and didn’t know that it contained
No see um’s eggs.
They hatched over the summer heat and the child had bites all over her head ( causes dizziness).
As he had so much sand he also poured the sand among the trees and bushes that surrounded that area??( some bushes were taken out completely).
Solution was :
1. Get rid of that sandbox.
2. Put liquid detergent mixed with water and spray the affected area( trees & bushes).
3. the poor little girl was put on pain medication and aspirins until it subsided ( of course head was shampooed in sensitive type brand for the child. In short time ( one week) she was well, but had bad memories of that for years.
Moral: don’t go digging in strange places , you might end op with bigger problems.
Pay for clean sand for sandboxes.

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