The gnats that bite are called the “biting gnats”. They are also known as “no-see-ums” or “biting midges”. Their painful bite takes a longer time than a mosquito bite for healing. They are tiny as compared to other biting bugs. They can be the cause of biting humans, livestock, pets, and wildlife. Their blood-sucking nature can raise the possibility for transmission of diseases. Your knowledge about the biological habits of midges can be helpful from being bitten. You could have better information about public health issues.
Tips to avoid biting gnats
You can protect yourself from their bites by limiting the outdoor activities. Don’t go outside the house, when the midges are more active. Be care full about gnats’ favorite times such as dawn and dusk of the day. They cannot live in the hottest climates. Plan your morning walk after the sun rises and come back from evening walk before the sun set. Avoid to being the midges’ neighborhoods. They need water to breed well. Their presence is common near rivers, lakes, and other places of water. Avoid doing outdoor activities at the places of water.
The other protection tip is to seal the house. Keep your windows closed or use the distinctive mesh screening for the windows. It stops the gnats from entering into the house. Another safety step is to turn up the breeze. They cannot stay in an even slightly breezy environment, so use the fan to keep them away. Keeps the air moving to protect yourself from biting while you are on your patio or porch? Most gnats cannot bite over the fabric. If possible keep covering your legs, neck, and arms with fabric. They love to land and bites over the ankles, hands, face, and wrists.
Treatment for biting gnats
Avoid to scratching the biting place, even if disturbing you a lot. Scratching the effective area increases the chances of infection. Wash the biting area immediately with warm water and strong soap, Swab the antiseptic on the bite, with the help of a cotton ball. Some gnats can cause bacterial infection, especially in North America. Apply the anti-itch lotion or cream on the affected area. Follow the instruction to use to avoid harmful infection. Use the insect repellent products on the body, if you are outside the house during biting hours.
The petroleum jelly with mentholated smell can make a strong and effective barrier on your body. It protects you from the landing and biting gnats. Contact your doctor immediately, if you feel any problem such as, difficult breathing, nauseated, or on the developing the hives. These are the sympathies of a bacterial infection or allergic reaction and needs to treat promptly. If your affected area becomes pus-filled or you are suffering from fever or pain. In such situations, you will need to take some necessary antibiotics.
Orange oil is useful to avoid the biting gnats
Orange oil is an excellent solution to control gnats. Mix one tablespoon orange oil in the water to spray in the air. Some toxic sprays are available in the market which has the full strength to control the insect. Use the spray bottle to do this task. Spray the gnats repellent around the affected area. Orange oil spray is not dangerous to plants and trees. It is dangerous to gnats as if a gnat soak it, it will die immediately.
You can prepare an orange oil paste to apply on your body. Take 6 oz. Of lotion and add 2 oz. Aloe Vera gel in it. Aloe Vera is a natural ingredient that is uncommonly convenient for your skin. It keeps healthy and moisturized the skin. Add a few drops of orange oil in this mixture. Rub the lotion on the skin; it will protect you from biting gnats.