How to get rid of midges – 5 tips to remove these pests from your home

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Midges, also known as gnats, can be annoying and difficult to control. These insects can be difficult to get rid of because they are so small. Some people can be particularly appealing to these pesky creatures, but with the five simple tricks listed below you can banish these bugs from your home.

Midges are tiny flying pests which have a wingspan of around two to three mm.

There are more than 35 different species of these biting insects across the country.

Only female midges bite, but they can cause irritation to those who they choose to bite.

These midges emerge with enough fat reserves to mature their first batch of eggs but need a blood meal to give subsequent batches enough nutrients to grow.

Male midges suck on plant nectar and in this species are no trouble at all.

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Good hygiene

Midges are attracted to body heat and the smell of sweat.

Maintaining good hygiene practices will help to make you less of a midge target.

Furthermore, keeping cool and clean helps to make yourself less attractive to them.

Clean home

Keeping your property clean and clear of overripe fruit smells will also help to deter the arrival of midges.

Avoid leaving standing water around

Standing water gives midges the opportunity to lay eggs.

If you want to avoid a midge infestation, make sure to empty all remaining water from paddling pools, glasses, pet water bowls and more.

Create a midge trap

Midges can be easily trapped if you place apple cider vinegar into a bowl with a few drops of washing up liquid.

The insects are attracted by the smell, but will get stuck when they land.

Make sure to replace this bowl regularly as it may quickly become filled with midges.

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