Biting Midge

Biting Midge

Biting Midge

Facts, Identification & Control


Biting midges are very tiny flies with distinct patterned wings, ranging from 1-3mm in size. They have piercing, spiny mouthparts that will lacerate skin and cause irritation. Biting midges appear gray or reddish brown when filled with blood.

Other Facts About Biting Midge:

The biting midge is known to be a biting pest that can spread diseases and harm humans, livestock, pets, and wildlife.

  • Also called “no-see-ums” and “punkies”
  • Their bites can cause mosquito bite-like reactions or small red marks on the skin
  • Tend to bite at certain times of the day, when the sun is going down
  • Insect repellants containing DEET are highly recommended to protect yourself from getting bitten by one of these biting pests since they are public health risks
  • In backyards and on farms, control methods similar to an application for mosquito control may take place to protect yourself, your pets and where applicable, livestock from potential disease threats.

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