Biting Midge

Our remedy for biting midge control

There are several species of midges in our geographic area. Not all of them are biting midges. For information about swarms of midges, check out our Midge Pest Library page.

The biting midge has similar piercing mouthparts as the mosquito. Our mosquito prevention service works great for other outdoor biting pests as well. Stay protected against tiny biting flies, like the biting midge, while spending time outdoors. Insect repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, or oil of Eucalyptus Lemon are highly recommended.

How to Identify a Biting Midge


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

Other Facts

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 repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, or oil of Lemon Eucalyptus 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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Not Your Insect?

Here are some of the other biting insects found in the Midwest.

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