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What Bit You? Tiny Bugs That Bite Like Mosquitoes

We all know them. They are a pain in the neck. The little pests that look like teensyweensy flies but bite like dire skeeters. After being terrorized once again you yell:

What on earth are those tiny bugs that bite like mosquitoes!?

What are those tiny flies which bite like mosquitoes and leave your skin covered with red itchy welts that take a week or more to heal? Why, you can’t even see what is attacking you!

These tiny biting bugs have several nick-names:

  • (1) no-see-ums,
  • (2) sand flies,
  • (3) biting midges,
  • (4) punkies.

These are a grouping of small flies (just 1-4 mm in size) belonging to the insect family Ceratopogonidae. Over 4,000 species of flies belong to this family.

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