Something Florida residents hear frequently in the summer is, “It’s not the heat; it’s the humidity.” And if it’s not either of those, it’s the biting flies! From yellow flies to horse flies to the incredibly irritating no-see-ums, there is a never-ending swarm of itchy-bite-red-welt-producing insects waiting for a feast. How can you avoid becoming their next meal?
Types of Biting Flies
- Yellow flies
- Horse flies (considered the most painful)
- Deer flies
- Black flies
These varieties prefer water and swampy areas – like Florida! – which are ideal breeding grounds. A backyard wading pool or bird bath, for instance, can draw these insects to your yard for breeding and eating.
Biting flies can transmit disease, including West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease. This elevates them from a backyard pest to a serious problem. Some easy residential lawn care and outdoor tips can help prevent bites:
- Wear protective clothing. Long-sleeves and pants will keep some pests at bay.
- If mosquitos are the problem, commercial repellents are effective.
- Add a fan to increase air movement on porches or patio areas; burning a citronella candle may also help.
- Have a lawn care service prune or mow your vegetation to reduce nesting areas and ask about a barrier treatment to keep biting flies from entering your home.
- Remove stagnate or standing water from your yard, if possible.
- Keep your windows and doors closed or use screens.
- Take green pest control measures by planting to discourage biting flies: catnip (warning: it spreads!), lavender, marigolds, and lemon balm are good choices.
Biting flies are an irritating part of life, but you can take some of the sting – or itch – out by taking these simple steps and, if you need more help, calling in a Brevard County pest control service such as Slug-A-Bug.