I am being attacked by gnats--How do I get rid of them?

Asked October 5, 2017, 12:27 PM EDT

Gnats are swarming outside my house. I cannot go outside without being bitten up. What should I do? I want to take my grandchildren outside, but I cannot do it with the current situation, and I cannot care properly for the new landscaping I just had installed. Thanks for your help

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

We have also seen the gnats swarms in the last few days. Don't fear them though, as they don't bite.
Per University of Kentucky publication:
"Midges and gnats are common names for a large number of small, non-biting flies. Many species look like mosquitoes and may form annoying swarms or clouds in the air but they do not bite. Most feed on living or decaying plant matter and are an important part of aquatic food chains.

Mating Swarm of MidgesMating Swarm of Midges

Large mating swarms of adults often appear about dusk and may occur for several days. Many gnats are attracted to light and may be a nuisance, landing on people or entering homes or businesses. These tiny flies do not feed. They only live long enough to mate, lay eggs, and die."

If you are being bitten, it is more likely mosquitoes. Some varieties, like the small black and white stripped Asian Tiger, can bite during the day.

You shouldn't be afraid to be outside however, as you can limit mosquito problems and protect yourself from bites.

Take a look here: http://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/non_HGIC_F...

and this helpful video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04e_jvrTYVc&feature=youtu.be

This is a great chance to teach your grandchildren about the world around them.