No-see-ums — have you seen um’ in your Edisto Island backyard?
These insects (commonly called no-see-ums biting midges, biting gnats, sand flies or punkies) are actually a type of fly. These pesky bugs are small enough to penetrate screen and clever enough to know how to get on our last nerve. They actually have a great deal in common with the mosquito, too. Some species leave a painful bite and follow the same protocol as the mosquito in seeking prey. They locate their hosts by the carbon dioxide we, and other mammals, exhale. Just like a mosquito, the females seek out blood as a source of protein for their eggs while the males in this species do not bite humans. Some species also spread disease. This insect multiplies quickly, laying hundreds of eggs in a short amount of time which can lead to unsanitary conditions if the problem gets out of control in and around your home. Sound familiar?
No-see-ums can be a real nuisance in your Edisto Island backyard, this is due in part to the sand-based soil prevalent in our area which facilitates large populations of this pest. These insects prefer laying their eggs in areas where their brood can easily rise up from the loose soil — and a preference for similar conditions to those of mosquitoes – damp, warm, moist areas with lush vegetation and standing water. More humidity and moisture, paired with the abundance of foliage and flowers, make the perfect home for no-see-ums.
These insects seem to find their way into our homes and are attracted by rotting food and moisture. Some come into your home on fruit that you have purchased, others find their way inside through openings in your house such as doors and cracks. These insects are actually part of the Diptera family of insects, with the name implying “two wings”.
Mosquito Control Edisto Island
For our clients that struggle with a no-see-um problem, we highly recommend installing an automatic misting system. Since the no-see-ums have a short lifespan of up to 48 hours, our misting system will allow you to control the times your system goes off so you can enjoy your outdoor spaces without the annoyance. Don’t forget our misting system
also keeps mosquitoes and other biting insects at bay as well!
Our misting system is automatic and can be set so you have no break in treatment. While we do offer a mosquito barrier protection service that lasts up to 21 days, we recommend our continuous misting system for clients in areas like Edisto Island, due to the sandy soil and since no-see-ums are unaffected by the 14-21 day residual of our traditional barrier treatment.
If you are ready to say see ya’ later to mosquitoes, no-see-ums and other nuisance insects in your Edisto Island backyard. Contact Mosquito Squad of Greater Charleston about our mosquito control Edisto Island solutions. Call us today at (843) 574-8919 today or email us email us.
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