Do you reside somewhere beside fenland, beach, riverside, or a lake?
Or even if that’s not the case, it’s hard to believe you never encountered some little blighters; midges.
These buzzing creatures can turn a great happy social evening into a disaster with utter ease.
They will keep hovering around your food, sometimes creep in, or they would dive into your drinks, buzz around your ears, and nose.
In short, you will want to smack them harder than anything, but Alas!
They are too tiny and slim to escape the vigorous blow of anything you throw at them.
Midges love gardens and gardeners see that all the time.
Do you find numerous of them in your garden too? Well, there can be several reasons why midges are found in gardens.
To unfold a few, continue reading.
What Brings Midges To Your Garden?
1. Flower Nectar:
A garden is defined by the colorful flowers it holds. A garden without blooming flowers is not a garden.
But where there are flowers, there are insects, mainly midges.
Midges are highly attracted to flowers.
They primarily feed on flower nectar, and therefore you will always find your flower bed surrounded by buzzing midges.
Also, midges are fond of pleasing fragrances.
That is another reason why you will always find midges everywhere around flowers.
2. Plant Juice:
Many plants in your garden breed a juice called fermented plant juice.
It helps the crops absorb all the healthy nutrients before they grow ripe and are harvested.
Like all other insects, midges love sugary items. Male midges love this plant juice for its high sugar content.
That’s one prime reason for a lot of midges in your garden.
3. Human Blood:
For the biting midges, not to forget, only the adult female midges tend to bite.
The reason being the need for a meal that is protein-rich.
Female midges are also responsible for laying eggs and delivering the next generation for which they need sufficient protein.
To get their needs done, they feed on fresh blood of warm-blooded mammals, which includes humans, birds, and pet animals too.
However, both male and female midges satisfy their energy needs with sugary meals.
So, no wonder, you are one prime reason why midges visit your garden frequently.
Although midge bites can be infectious, they often lead to allergy, rashes, and itching.
To cater to this problem, you can use insect-killing sprays or insect repellents while lurking around your garden.
Keeping your doors and windows sealed would prevent them from entering your home while you stay inside.
4. Breeding Sites:
Midges lay eggs in massive proportions, and they need moisture to lay eggs.
They lay eggs in any body of water, lakes, pools, or even a bowl of water that you might keep for your pet cat outside.
These eggs need to stay in water for a couple of days till they grow into larvae, pupae, and finally emerge as an adult.
Midges are, therefore, often found around wet areas.
Any surface that forms a conjunction with water and soil serves the best for them.
So, one easy way to get rid of midges is to make sure you leave no water pooled anywhere around your garden.
Even if you feed your cats, be extra vigilant to empty and remove the water bowls soon after.
Spare tires, tubs, bowls, and other places that store water, can invite midges over, which can lead to a bigger problem.
5. Light Attraction:
This must have brought to your mind all the flashbacks of a bunch of moths/ midges circling outdoor lights.
Well, the fact of insects being attracted to lights is well established.
In the dark, light serves as a beacon for many insects.
Like water creatures rely on water bubbles to find the right way, midges find lights as their navigation.
More precisely, midges have positive phototaxis and are thus attracted to light.
All those outdoor lights placed higher than the ground level would have midges flying around.
To help this problem, the easiest way can be to keep the outdoor lights turned off when unnecessary.
However, in the other case round, you can use insect repelling coils or sprays around light spots to keep them away.
So How Do I Keep My Garden Free Of Midges?
The answer to this question is pretty simple; just keep away the things that bring them in.
But you can’t pluck out all the flowers and fruits from your garden to deter midges.
Or should you not visit your garden at all, to avoid midges biting?
Well, that’s not possible, so we have more accessible ways to help you get rid of midges.
- Setting up CO2 nets and traps is an excellent way to keep midges at bay.
- While you are outside, make sure you use clothes that fully cover your body so that there is no chance for midges to bite you.
- Use excellent and safe mosquito repellents for yourself and your place.
- Don’t let water pool anywhere and keep your garden clean at all times.
Following the above precautions will help you have a ‘midge-free’ garden.
Midges can appear in your garden because of the flower nectar, plant juice, or light.
But before you jump on to precautions, make sure you know the prime reason for encountering too many midges.
Have a great day ahead!