TweetTweet wrote:I know them by that name too but when I tried a google translate it came up with worms!...
Funny. When I put it into Google Translate it comes up with "skink" which is a type of lizard, or a type of soup if you are from Scotland. My paper Greek-English dictionary does give it as "midge", and also mentions that it is slang for drunk, but my smart phone dictionary App doesn't recognise it at all.
There are so many of these tiny insects that it is difficult to distinguish between them. Living amongst citrus trees I get a lot of fruit flies, which don't bite but are irritating if they swarm around you, typically near the compost. I sometimes get what we used to call thunderbugs or cornflies in the UK. They also don't seem to bite but make you itch like crazy when they crawl on your skin. I regularly get another small black insect that gets into any dry food that isn't completely sealed. Flour seems to be their favourite but at least they are then visible. Small black flies, like house flies in the UK, are a problem in some locations and can be quite dangerous. They pick up diseases from animals and animal waste. I know a few people who have had their bites become infected and one person who developed gangrene from a fly bite. Usually with a fly bite you feel it bite you as it does it but with mosquitoes you only notice it a bit later. Bites from the small jumping spider can also cause quite a serious infection. Creatures don't need to be venomous to do you harm.