MIDGES

MIDGE FACTS

Midges are small insects that are occasionally mistaken for mosquitoes. They commonly occur near-or-in bodies of water.

Midges also naturally occur in fast-flowing shallow streams or deep lakes and are a food source to a variety of fish and spiders. They are present as well in water bodies such as reservoirs.

Midges can be categorised into two categories:

1) Biting midges – Biting midges feed on blood and deliver painful bites to humans or animals.

2) Non-biting midges – On the other hand, non-biting midges do not feed on blood and are just a nuisance pest to humans.

Houseflies are usually active during the day. When not feeding, they will rest on walls, floors, ceilings, garbage cans, clothes lines, pit latrines, grasses and weeds. They are usually inactive at night. Their resting places are usually near breeding and feeding areas. At these areas, they will remain at around 100 – 500 m of the area.

Agrofog Midges Pest Control Management

METHOD OF TREATMENT FOR MIDGES

Midges infestation can be prevented by closing entry points into premises (e.g. windows, doors) and removing their habitat (stagnant water, dry leaves, debris). Adult midges can also be treated with chemical control (space spray).

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SIGNS OF MIDGE INFESTATION

Signs of midges infestation:

1) Swarming of midges (during dawn and dusk)

2) Painful bites by biting midges – along with red bumps and itch at the bitten area.

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TYPES OF MIDGES

Biting midges (sandfly)

According to Singapore Biodiversity encyclopedia, sandflies belong to family Ceratopogonidae, out of which 34 species have been recorded in Singapore from three genera (Culicoides, Stilobezzia and Dasyhelea).

Non-biting midges

While there are different species of midges in Singapore, only a few species are involved in mass emergence events. They are listed below:

  • Polypedilum nubifer
  • Tanytarsus oscillans
  • Chironomus circumdatus
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CHEMICALS THAT CAN TREAT MIDGES

Abate 500 E

Abate® 1 SG

Actellic® 50EC

Aerosol Auto Release System – Flexi

AFX Fogging Solution

Agrofog AF 35 – Thermal Fogger

Agrofog Mist Blower

Agrofog Stainless Steel Sprayer – 4L

Agrofog Stainless Steel Sprayer – 10L

Agrofog Stainless Steel Sprayer – 1L

Agrofog Stainless Steel Sprayer – 2L

Agrofog Stainless Steel Sprayer – 5L

Airostar V – Battery Operated

Aqua K-Othrine®

Barcelo® GR2

Biogents Counter

Biogents Home Indoor

$187.25

Biogents Mosquitaire

$401.25

Biogents Pro

Biogents Sentinel

$447.26

Biogents-GAT

C&C Stainless Steel Aerosol Fine Tip

Cold Fogger for ULV Fogging – U240

CRI CRI Model 308E

Deltacide®

Demand® 2.5 CS

Demand® Duo

Fogger Truck Mounted – AF 65

Fogger Truck Mounted – AF 95

Fogging Machine – Agrofog AF 34 – Thermal Fog Generator

Jumbo – Thermal Fogger

Mini Sprayer (MSP)

Mini-spray Aerosol (MSA)

MO-BUTTERFLY Model 700

MO-PLICK Model 399

MO-STICK Model 372

Pest Control Products – ULV Aerosol Generator U40 HD-M

Phantom Pressurized Insecticide

Plastic Sprayer 5L

Pynosect® 10

Resigen®

Sprayer – PB20

Telescopic Pole

Temprid®

TENOPA® SC

Thermal Fogging Machine EVO 35 – Thermal Fog Generator – Handheld Fogger

TURBINE Model 306

U5M ULV-Aerosol Generator

ULV Aerosol Generator Unipro 2

ULV Aerosol Generator Unipro 5

ULV Fogger – Ultra Low Volume Aerosol Generator U15 HD-M

ULV Fogger Machine Nebulo

ULV Fogging Machine – CF1

ULV Fogging Machine – U260

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