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Old 10-05-2017, 04:45 PM
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Question Small swarming black, flying bugs that bite hard ... what are they?

Stepped out of my car and apparently I was inside a swarm of tiny (head of a pin) size black flying bugs.

I'm guessing they were fleas? But I'm not sure. Has anyone been bit by a flea?

Whatever these things were that bit me they bit hard. And it HURT. Felt like a bee sting. And I got bit about 20 times. My wife thought I was going crazy. Then she saw a couple little red welts where I had just slapped and killed these buggers.

If these are fleas then I now understand how a dog with fleas feels. Damn.

If they are not fleas then what the heck is so tiny but bites well above its fighting weight?
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I doubt if they were fleas. Fleas have no wings and can't fly. But damn they can jump.
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Default Re: Small swarming black, flying bugs that bite hard ... what are they?

Out here in the west we them " noseeums".
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Out here in the west we them " noseeums".
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"Isawum" and "Ifeltumbiteme"
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In my area we call them "Cedar Mites." Only come out for a few weeks in June. They attack the hair line mostly.
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In my area we call them "Cedar Mites." Only come out for a few weeks in June. They attack the hair line mostly.
I was pretty much bit head to toe. Back of neck, arms, legs, hands ... everywhere there was exposed skin.
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Out here in the west we them " noseeums".
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I'm going with No-See-Ums as well (also known as biting gnats, midges and several other names).
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In my area we call them "Cedar Mites." Only come out for a few weeks in June. They attack the hair line mostly.
They weren't fleas and if you could see them, they weren't "noseeums".

A few years back, I was mowing the yard. As I ran underneath a tree I was attacked by a swarm of little black gnats. They bit the hell out of me before I could escape. It was a cedar tree so I'm going with "cedar mites".
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Default Re: Small swarming black, flying bugs that bite hard ... what are they?

Noseeums are a misnomer, you can see them. They're a little smaller than a fruit fly, but still visible. There's a large surge in mites this year though. From cedar mites to invisible oak tree mites it seem like there's a lot more this year than previous.
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