Midge or No See Um Bug Control
Midges, commonly referred to as no-see-ums or noseeums, are extremely small flying bugs that bite. Many people have no idea they been bitten by a midge until a small, red, itchy welt develops on their skin. Midges thrive in damp environments including damp soil, marshy areas, woods and near streams and rivers. No-See-Ums present a problem both indoors and out where they attack people and pets to feed. Midges are nicknamed no-see-ums because as the name suggests, you can’t see the insects, only the end results, which leaves many homeowners, campers and those who are victims to wonder how to battle an unseen enemy. There are several options from which to choose when going to war against this tiny enemy.
If Midges are an Indoor Problem
Examine the window, porch and door screens. If the screens are standard, replace them with fiberglass mesh screening. The small openings in the screen will allow air to flow in and out of the home, but the mesh is too small to allow the no-see-ums pass through.
Save the peels from apples, fuzzy peach skin or nectarines and place them into a glass jar. Poke small holes into a piece of paper. Put the paper over the top of the jar and fold it over the sides. Wrap a rubber band around the jar to hold the paper in place. Place the jar in the room where you have the midge issues. The midges will smell the fruit and enter the jar through the holes and not be able to get out. Make a small tear in the top of the paper and immediately pour cooking oil or rubbing alcohol into the jar or place the jar into a zippered plastic bag and seal the top. Dispose of the jar or the contents of the jar. Wash out the jar and reuse it to catch no-see-ums.
Plant Lemongrass in outdoor containers or in the ground under windows and next to doors to keep midges at bay and stop them entering the house.
Boil 1 cup of water. Remove the water from the heat and add 12 to 15 mint leaves. Allow the mint leaves to steep in the hot water until the water cools to room temperature. Strain the mint leaves out of the water. Pour the minty water into a spray bottle and spray screens or countertops to repel the no see ums.
If Midges are an Outdoor Problem
Spray all exposed skin with a commercially available bug repellant to ward off midges when you and your family are outdoors.
Light Citronella candles to repel the no-see-ums.
Plant Basil in a patio container or break off leaves of fresh basil and scatter them around the outdoor table or place containers next to the areas you frequent the most.
Pinch off pieces of Lemongrass and rinse them under cold water. Rub the Lemongrass between your palms to lightly crush and release the insect repelling oils. Rub the Lemongrass over exposed skin. Test a quarter size area of the inside of your arm and wait 24 hours before rubbing the Lemongrass over your skin to determine if you will have an allergic reaction to it.
Save used tea leaves and dry them. Fill a small metal bucket about halfway with sand. Put a teaspoonful of the dry tea leaves on top of the sand and light them. The tea leaves will smolder and keep the midges away. Place a metal lid on the bucket to extinguish the tea leaves if you are going inside or cannot keep an eye on the small, smoldering fire. Keep the sand covered with a metal lid when the bucket is not in use to prevent the sand from becoming wet.
Inspect your property for leaky gutters or standing water near the house. Repair clogged or leaking gutters and drain water from containers, small pools or anything else that holds water. If you have a birdbath, consider relocating it away from the house.