What is this bug and how can I get rid of it?

Asked April 3, 2019, 6:37 PM EDT

I have an office that has a Koi pond and plants in the atrium. I also have these pesky little bugs that fly around and multiply like crazy. I bomb the office once a month just to knock the numbers down. I also have a pest control service that sprays monthly. We also clean the pond every other month. I still cant get rid of them. At night I place bug zapper lights out and in the morning I have a circle of dead bugs around the lights. I would say a couple hundred every night. Sometimes in the atrium there is a swarm of them flying around in a ball about 15 feet in the air. I put extensions on my hose and suck them up, but no matter what I do I cant get rid of them. It just seems like I can get the numbers down to a smaller amount, but they always come back. They seem to be attracted to people. I have had them fly up peoples noses before, or in their mouth, even when there aren't a lot of them. .

Midland County Texas

1 Response

Those appear to be midges and the larvae will be living in the pond area which is where treatment should be focused. You can treat the pond area with a Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki product which works on mosquito and midge larvae or you can add some Gambusia (mosquito eating fish) to the pond.

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