Florida is the buggiest place in the whole of the US. There’s barely a Florida home that bugs didn’t invade.
From termites to palmettos, Florida has it all.
But these bugs are visible.
There are some tiny black bugs in Florida in homes that are barely visible. You can only spot them when the infestation levels increase or when they bite you.
Some of these bugs invade your kitchen, some your bathroom, and some even bite.
Let’s check out each of these little black bugs that invade Florida homes.
Tiny Black Bugs In Florida That Bite – Biting Midges
Unfortunately, Florida doesn’t only have a mosquito problem. There’s one tiny black bug, other than mosquitoes, which flies and bites.
It’s the biting midges, also known as no-see-ums.
Biting midges are not only a menace to home dwellers but also for outdoor enthusiasts.
Campers, hikers, fishers, and others who spend their time outdoors often get bitten by these flying bugs that are barely visible.
Biting midges are most active during the dawn and the dusk. They’re also more prone to bite humans when the days are cloudy with no wind around.
Bites of biting midges are painful, and to some people, the bite can cause long-lasting sore and rupture on the skin.
Biting midges are so tiny that most of the time, you can’t see what’s biting you. But if you’ve got the gall to withstand the bite and observe it when it’s biting, you can see these biting insects.
At a first look, biting midges look like sand flies. But they’re not.
Sandflies are different species of flies, and they don’t bite humans.
Adult biting midges are 1/8 inches long, grayish-black, and have two wings with distinct pigmentation patterns.
Just like the mosquitoes, the female biting midges bite humans. It’s because the female biting midges need a blood meal for the eggs in her to mature.
The male biting midges don’t bite humans. It feeds on the nectar from flowers.
The females’ mouths are well-developed, with teeth on the suction that penetrates the human skin. The males don’t have that.
Biting midges originate from marsh habitats, mangrove swamps, shores of streams and ponds, and in muddy areas where they live and breed.
They reproduce in the same way as mosquitoes do. Female biting midges lay their eggs on the stagnant water. The larvae live on the water’s surface till they mature into adults.
Do Biting Midges Spread Diseases?
In Florida and the rest of the US, a bite from biting midges do not spread any disease. But it can cause a severe allergic reaction in some people.
In Central and South America, a bite from biting midges carries filarial worms. Filarial worms are parasites that cause dermatitis and skin lesions that can turn infectious unless treated on time.
But in the US, biting midges are dangerous to farm animals. The bites from biting midges spread the bluetongue virus in cattle and sheep.
Bluetongue disease is a severe disease among farm animals, and in many cases, it leads to their death.
How To Keep Biting Midges Away From Your Home?
The best way to stop biting midges from entering your home is by installing window screens on each window.
Biting midges are tiny, so they can easily pass through a standard window screen. Make sure that you buy a smaller window screen than a 16-mesh insect wire screen.
Biting midges are weak fliers. A ceiling or window fan at high speeds also keeps the biting midges away from you.
When it comes to insecticide sprays, use a spray containing DEET. These sprays are effective in repelling and killing biting midges.
The best time to spray is a few minutes before sunset, when the biting midges tend to be more active.
Please do read the safety instruction on the label of the spray bottle before using it.
Tiny Black Bugs In Kitchens Of Florida – Weevils And Carpenter Ants
The kitchen is one of the places in your home that some specific types of bugs love.
These bugs are commonly known as pantry pests.
Some pantry pests are small, and they are blackish. These are rice weevils, bean weevils, and carpenter ants.
Some of the rice weevils are not completely black. They’re brownish when you look at them closely.
Rice weevils infest stored grains and cereals. Loosely closed-grain jars and containers allow rice weevils to sneak in and lay eggs on the grains.
The larvae from the eggs feast on these grains till they become adults.
Bean weevils are black, but they’ve got a visible pigmentation on their back, just like the biting midges.
They infest dried beans, peas, and dry fruits like almonds and cashew.
Weevils are types of beetles. There can be other types of beetles in your kitchen, but they won’t be black.
They are confused flour beetle, red flour beetle, and wheat weevil. All these beetles are more prone to infest stored food in the food pantry than roaming freely in your kitchen.
And finally, carpenter ants. They’re the lovers of the food waste in your kitchen trash bin and of sugar too.
You can also find these carpenter ants on the kitchen counter, kitchen sink, and even countertops.
Food crumbs, sugar, and beverage droppings, and pieces of proteins like meat and fish on your kitchen counter, kitchen sink, and countertops attracts carpenter ants to these places.
So, keeping your kitchen clean is one of the ways to reduce carpenter ants in your kitchen.
But the presence of carpenter ants in your kitchen can be a sign of severe carpenter ant infestation.
The tiny black bugs in your kitchen area mainly because of high levels of moisture and uncleanliness.
To know more about different types of pantry pests and how to get rid of them, check our series of posts on pantry pests.
Tiny Black Bugs In Florida Bathrooms – Drain Flies And Silverfish
Your bathroom can be a home to many bugs because of high moisture levels and organic waste like hair and nails.
From centipedes to roaches, your bathroom can give refuge to many of them.
So, using a dehumidifier in your bathroom and keeping it clean goes a long way to keep your bathroom bug free.
But, in Florida, there are tiny flying black bugs that come out of nowhere in bathrooms.
These bugs are harmless. But ignoring them for a while can be a nuisance as they turn into giant swarms.
These tiny black bugs in your bathroom that fly is drain flies. They generally come out of drains or through your bathroom window.
But they’re not actually black. Below is the high resolution extreme close up picture of a drain fly.
Clogged drains are one of the reasons why drain flies are buzzing around inside your bathroom.
Clogged drains have scum, and organic waste like hair and nails, which stops water from passing through. It forms the breeding for the drain flies.
So, unclog your drains and make sure that there’s no stagnant water inside your bathroom.
If you don’t have clogged drains, then drain flies are coming from outside.
Check if there’s any stagnant water outside your bathroom.
It’s always a good idea not to allow water stagnancy around your home because stagnant water is breeding ground for mosquitoes.
The next tiny black, or almost black, bug that can be in bathrooms, not only in Florida but also in many other states, is the silverfish.
Like drain flies, silverfish are also harmless bugs.
Silverfish look like shrimps, and they prefer to hide in places that have high levels of dampness.
So, your bathroom, along with the basement and laundry room, is one of its favorite places to hide.
Silverfish also feeds on organic waste in your bathroom. But the worst thing about silverfish that it’s a prey for many other bugs like centipedes, ants, and spiders.
If there are silverfish in your bathroom or your home, expect some of their predators to follow them.
Florida is indeed a buggy place. But some bugs in Florida are so tiny, or they hide in such places that they’re barely visible.
One of them is the biting midges, a tiny black flying bug in Florida that bites humans.
But the rest of them, like the weevils, the drain flies, and the silverfish, common in Florida kitchens and bathrooms, are harmless.
There’s an exception though, carpenter ants. Carpenter ants are more prone to invade your kitchen because of the easy availability of food, moisture, and lots of tight spaces to build nests.
If you see carpenter ants in your kitchen, then chances are there’s an entire colony of carpenter ants living inside your home.
Getting the help of a pest controller is the best option to get rid of carpenter ants.
We’re Mark and Jim. We were serial pest killers for almost all of our lives. Through this blog we spread pest murdering tips to people like you who want to keep their homes pest free.