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No-See-Ums - Biting Insect Library


No-See-Ums are also referred to as Biting Midges, Biting Gnats, Punkies or Sand Flies.  They are so small they can get through screens on windows and doors.  Besides causing painful bites, they can also be vectors of diseases, particularly in tropical regions.  Learn more about the No-See-Ums' breeding cycle below.


Even if a No-See-Ums is not a vector of disease, it can still be a pest, ending up in a person’s mouth, nose, ears and eyes.




Breeding Habits

The female No-See-Um will lay her eggs in a wide range of locations. No-See-Ums breeding grounds include lakes, ponds, treeholes, moist soil and even in plants that are able to retain pockets of water.  No-See-Ums breeding grounds along seashores are in wet sand, which is where females often lay their eggs.  The No-See-Ums breeding grounds can differ by species.


After mating with a male usually in the midst of a large swarm, the female No-See-Um can lay 400 or more eggs at one time.  This breeding can take place 5-7 times during her adult life.


With as quickly as these insects progress through their life cycle, it’s easy to see why there can be tremendous populations of these No-See-Ums swarming around a particular region.  Learn about where No-See-Ums live and how to control No-See-Ums.




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