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Midges: Aka 'Fuzzy Bills', aka 'No See-ums.'

While midges resemble mosquitoes, they are not mosquitoes and do not carry diseases. Some are known as biting midges. However, those in coastal areas, like the Outer Banks, do not bite. These midges, also known as chironomids, tend to gather in very large, dense masses on the sides of homes, decks, vegetation, and carports, and they are highly attracted to light. You may see a large influx after storms. Since midges prefer still, humid conditions, they’ll try and make their way inside after strong winds and/or a change in wind direction. They tend to gravitate towards high ceilings and lamps and while they typically die in 24 hours, they can survive 3 to 5 days. Pest control of midges has been deemed ineffective by local pest control companies due to the nature of a midge's habitat and life cycle.

 In order to reduce the presence of these pests, we offer the following suggestions:

  • Turn off all unnecessary lights. Lights located under the carport, around the pool, decks, home exterior, etc. are the most common attractors to flying insects
  • Make sure all windows, entry doors and sliding doors are closed
  • Empty any containers or buckets with standing water. These sources of water can be breeding grounds for these pesky flying insects.
  • Midges are more active in the early morning hours and night hours, so plan your outdoor activities and leisure around the times when they are not as active.

Why do midges excessively gather around people?

Midges are primarily attracted to mammals, not only humans, because of our body heat and the carbon dioxide we breathe out.

Since pest control chemicals are ineffective, how do we rid our house of midges after they are already inside?

Experts recommend using insect traps to rid your home of already-present midges.

Do other insects, like spiders, not eat midges and assist in controlling their population?

Yes, spiders do eat midges and help control their population. However, the more midges there are for spiders to eat, the more the spider population can increase in and around your home.