So, we are clear that pests certainly infest your house, and of course, they might be hovering around the lights of your beloved house. Also, I am sure that this indeed is driving you crazy.
You must be worried and stressed up but do not worry about them. It is just a matter of time, and they will be none of your concern. So, brace yourself and just read it till the end.
Identification and Position of Insects
Now the question is, where exactly are these insects present? They may be just be sitting out on lamps, or they can just be hovering around bathroom lights. Even worse, they can be on your walls or maybe even ceilings.
So, once you have identified their position, now you must identify how they entered your lovely house. Well, typically, bugs enter easily by sneaking in through open windows or doors. So, make yourself clear that they can enter from the smallest of the smallest crevices to even window screens.
Now instead, we will focus on identifying the insect. Once a pest enters, they may even start off to breed, and sooner or later, you will have to be a host of pests. Try to identify the insect by asking local people or start searching online.
You can take a picture of the insect and search online using the image. Now, once you have identified the insect, then we can quickly eliminate them. Now the question would be, ‘How to eliminate the flying insects naturally and quickly?’ Well, for some time, keep it aside and focus on ‘Why do insects enter your house?’
These pests may use dogs, cats, or other animals for continually going in and out of your house. They make an easy target for pests to come in. But make sure that you should not overlook this if you have a dog or cat. They can either be carriers, or they can be an indirect cause of bugs in your house. The way you can prevent this is by cleaning your pets regularly and keeping them insect-free.
Affinity for Light Sources
Bugs are buzzing around the various light sources in your house. Ever wondered why? Every bug that was on the walls or ceiling will fly towards lights around your home because they love light! Bugs are attracted to warmth and light. These bugs practice what is known as phototaxis, which means they get attracted to these light sources like a zombie.
The bugs you see flying around your lights are positively phototactic. The light acts as if it were its artificial sun that they use to guide themselves. They just get attracted to whatever they see is bright. But it is not the main reason why they first enter your home.
This pest is attracted to your plants, which you have indoors, and believe me, and they can take a chance to live on your plants if you provide them one. I am sure many of the readers were not surprised by it. So, if you have plants indoors, then do check on them. Maybe you could move them outside as the next thing they do is hover around your lights.
Do not worry much as we know these insects and these plants are nothing but just homes for them, and sooner or later, they make their way to nearby light sources, and then they will migrate to the other nearby one. They may even follow a pattern of lights depending on your lighting habits.
Let us take an example, and if you turn on the light closest to your indoor plants, then you will see the bugs come out at night and hover around the light source. Next up, you must switch on another light and switch off the first one.
You will see that these little creatures migrate over to the other light. This is the very reason why you might not always see the bugs right away as they keep moving between lights, and you do not know where they are coming from.
Information on lime Green and Orange Bugs
Now let us get back to the small green or orange pests flying around your lamps. The common ones are ‘Midge’ bugs. There are two types of it, one who will bite you if you are not careful and the other one is non-biting. They are also known as no-see-ums.
These are tiny green bugs that fly around and will bite you if they are the biting ones. Non-biting ones are not a concern until they end up in a swarm. These are relatively easy to eliminate because they firstly in place do not want to be indoors.
The non-biting midges look precisely like mini mosquitoes. And the biting ones look like tiny gnats. Find out which one do you have in your house. You should find out as you would know which pest you are messing up with specifically.
These midge bites can be treated just like a mosquito bite. So, the first step is to disinfect. Then you can either apply ice over it or dip a cotton swab in honey and apply it over the part of the body where the bite is.
Generally, they are not very dangerous but can be depending on how your body reacts to their bite. In case if you have any severe allergic reactions, it could be fatal too. For most people, it is just an irritating rash and burning sensation. For other ones, the bite could either be a lot more problematic or does not affect them.
Other than biting, midges are generally harmless. You may even become covered by them after walking through a midge swarm, but even that is not dangerous. Most of them will fly off even when you brush them or shake your body.
Biting midges are much harder to view, which is why they get away by biting you. Also, only female midges bite. When a female biting midge finds a potential target, she releases specific pheromones so that other female biting midges come to join the party.
And thus, you will have a swarm of biting female midges, all sucking your skin. This explains why midges can appear suddenly in a huge swarm. Non-biting midges are also attracted but towards plant nourishment. They eat flower nectar, plant sap, and other high-nutrient plant matter. This way, they form a potential threat to indoor plants.
Thrips are outdoor bugs that can make their way into houses too. These bugs can also bite, but only a specific species does so. These are generally seasonal pests and usually only come out during summers. Usually, if you have thrip bites, they come in clusters. Most people will feel an itch and maybe have a rash, but it will go away in a few days. Thrips are very common in rural grassy areas. Thrips can also be neon orange or yellow.
The Ways You Can Prevent Midges and Thrips are:
Reduce Lighting and Usage of Alternative Lighting
Reduction in usage of lights is your call, but the less you use, the better it is for you. You can also replace your current lights with yellow lighting, which is known to be an insect repellent.
Eliminate Open Water Sources
Water provides a source of moisture that attracts bugs. Water sources are breeding grounds for the pests. If water sources are left open, then these insects may multiply rapidly. So, the best way is either close these water sources or introduce predator fishes or other organisms which eliminate any insect larvae in the water sources.
It plays an essential role in warding off the pests. The cleaner your house is, the fewer insects get attracted. Make sure you dispose and segregate your waste correctly. The area and concentration of garbage influence the multiplication of insects.
Pine Oil Strip
You can ward off midges naturally by making a pine oil strip. It is just a piece of cloth that is soaked in pine oil. You can hang the cloth anywhere you want to keep midges away. Preferably it would help if you hung it near the doors and windows, near your indoor plants, and light sources of your house.
5) Individual insect repellent plants: – Midges cannot resist individual plants. Most of them are cheap and readily available. E.g., Rosemary, Marigold, Lavender, etc.
Citronella Candles and Flame Torches
Citronella has a pleasant minty aromatic scent that is pleasant to humans but nasty to pests. This can help you to repel pests from your light sources. You must light the candles or flame torches up and place them near the light sources.
If you really cannot ward off these insects around your home’s outdoor lighting system, then consider using light to draw them away. You can place a bright spotlight some distance away from the house so that insects get attracted to it. This light acts as a trap to keep bugs away from your home.
If you attempt to clear out the bugs fail and they end up showing up again, consider hiring a professional or call pest control.