1. chris webb
    October 8, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

    Glad we don’t get them up here, doesn’t sound like fun at all !

    We are however going through a phase of flying ants and daddy long leg’s but at least they don’t bite !

  2. Elle Draper
    October 8, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    You’re even further inland than we are… so you’re lucky.

    Flying ants are horrible things! Boiling water – that sorts ’em! As for Daddy Long Legs – I vomit at the thought of spiders (nausea not fear) but I have no problems with those. Used to get swarms of them when I was a child.

    Elle x

  3. Phil Ballard
    October 8, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

    Very much relate to this! When we have on an outside light – on the terrace, for example – we’ll often see the white-painted wall behind the light covered in thousands of such things. There are normally 2 or 3 ‘duty lizards’ treating it as a buffet. Wish they’d eat more.
    Various neighbours have, rather than the usual wall lights, bright spotlights up on high poles that illuminate their terraces from a distance – the idea, I guess, being to keep the little buggers away as they circle the light.
    Anyway, just a the moment we seem to be entering ‘moth season’ instead ….

  4. Elle Draper
    October 8, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    Ah yes… the lizards. Sadly, we don’t see them these days as the eldest dog enjoys eating them too much. Manhandled one from him the othr day but I was too late to save the little fella.

    Interesting about the tall lights. Our neighbours have streetlights in their gardens (someone got a backhander for that somewhere I think).

  5. Sue Sharpe (@suesharpe1)
    October 8, 2013 @ 4:24 pm

    six cloves soaked in 200ml (surgical) alcohol for five days – remove cloves – add 200ml baby oil shake and apply via spray – have hardly been bitten at all this summer – and I smell like Christmas! :-)

  6. Elle Draper
    October 8, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

    Ah – natural ingredients! Might give that a try. I have to be careful with perfumed lotions and potions. x

  7. Val Dawson
    October 8, 2013 @ 6:38 pm

    Oh, wow, those seem absolutely awful!! I guess I shouldn’t complain so much about the mosquitoes that have been biting me in Mexico!

  8. Elle Draper
    October 8, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

    I have to say that I’d rather have these than mozzies… but I couldn’t get over the swarms we’ve had!!
    Slap on your antihistamines Val – and thanks for stopping by! x

  9. Matt May
    October 8, 2013 @ 11:14 pm

    Not come across these varmints yet, I’m guessing that they are dormant in the winter months which tends to be when we’re in Spain. Actually there were mosquitoes around in December around Valencia, but they seemed to be somewhat lethargic.

  10. wanderingeducators
    October 9, 2013 @ 1:35 am

    UGH. do they itch, the bites?

  11. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas
    October 9, 2013 @ 9:17 am

    Ugh, I can’t with bugs!!! I was eaten alive by mosquitoes last night, and I’m now remember the cockroach I saw in the shower of my gym and the bedbugs we got a few years ago. Plus the geckos and the feral cats….yuck!

  12. Elle Draper
    October 9, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    Yes, we don’t see them in the winter here. We only really had them at our place in Autumn, although other people had them throughtout the spring and summer too. Damn that chilli plant!

  13. Elle Draper
    October 9, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    I have to say that they’ve not bothered me… but I know plenty of people who have a “reaction” to them.

  14. Elle Draper
    October 9, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    Ah… if you can’t live around cockroaches, then don’t move to Lanzarote – they’re pretty much part of the landscape there. In one complex we lived in, the complex managers used to spray the drains to keep them at bay.
    Bedbugs? Vile!!!!

  15. Terry at Overnight New York
    October 10, 2013 @ 2:43 am

    What nasty little critters — and blood-suckers to boot. Thanks for the explainer — they really do look like teeth.

  16. Elle Draper
    October 10, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    Nasty little critters indeed!!! x

  17. Mary @Green Global travel
    October 15, 2013 @ 3:12 am

    Ugh, we call them no-see-ums and they are nasty little bugs. I like the name Flying Teeth better- much more accurate!

  18. Larissa
    October 15, 2013 @ 7:32 am


  19. Elle Draper
    October 15, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    We have still been getting swarms of these things – between 8pm and 10:30pm every night. There must be some standing water somewhere in our little hamlet – but we just can’t find it! Urgh!

  20. Elle Draper
    October 15, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    Shudder indeed!!!

  21. Lenox
    October 13, 2015 @ 6:14 pm

    The middle picture is of another pest, the fly that is decimating the chumbo cactus: the cochineal fly. It doesn’t do anything much, beyond flying, in clouds, into one’s mouth and eyes.
    The midge, the no-see-um of your article, spreads leishmaniasis which is very dangerous for dogs.

  22. Jon Paxton
    October 14, 2015 @ 2:26 pm

    When you say the chumbo cactus, is that the broad leafed variety that produces the prickly pear? We have had that particular blighter since the early warmth of spring. Lot of cactus around here not in a very healthy condition, so I’m guessing that is what is responsible for our plague of creatures, cochineal fly, thanks for the name! Can it be eradicated, and with what?

  23. Elle Draper
    October 14, 2015 @ 3:50 pm

    That’s the one, yes. Apparently soapy water will get rid of it. Unfortunately… unless your neighbours are all doing the same, you’re fighting a losing battle. E x

  24. MollyB
    July 10, 2016 @ 11:51 pm

    Hello, the very very very tiny black bug that are biting me don’t have wings like in your photos. They seem to be 1/2mm in length and half that in width. Boy do their bite hurt!! I don’t seem to get them indoors thank God.

  25. Elle Draper
    July 11, 2016 @ 9:21 am

    They sounds like midges too.
    I’m currently plagued with the ones in my photos indoors at night. I didn’t realise that living in a town we’d still suffer with them, but my bare arms seem to attract them like a drug! If I close the windows it’s too hot… but if I open them we get bitten. Grrr!
    E x

  26. Mandy
    August 28, 2016 @ 2:42 pm

    I use smoking citronella cones (bought off Amazon) they are great. Very strong smell. I have breathing problems but these do not affect me in any way. Worth a go!

  27. Roger
    August 28, 2016 @ 5:10 pm

    We’ve found that electric zappers (obtainable from Chinese bazaars) are very effective. As soon as dusk approaches my wife looks as though she’s practicing for Wimbledon but very comforting to hear the zap zap zap!

  28. Elle Draper
    August 28, 2016 @ 5:47 pm

    We have one of those too. x

  29. Tracy
    June 11, 2017 @ 12:20 pm

    I was bitten 9 times the other night. Now im covered in big red puffy marks with puss coming out. Really itchy. I might have to try spraying apple cider vinegar and water around the house. And keep arms and legs covered.

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