We have flies in our house! They aren't the usual housefly. They are smaller,...

Asked April 9, 2019, 3:58 PM EDT

We have flies in our house! They aren't the usual housefly. They are smaller, rarely alight and dance around each other in a group. We seem to have about five of them in residence. We haven't been able to use the newspaper method of control because the little buggers don't land. What are these critters and how do we get rid of them? Thank you, Jan Jeddeloh

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Thank you for your question. We will need a photo of the fly, as well as the insect to be placed next to a ruler, so we can tell exactly how small they are. We'll get back to you when we have more information. Thanks!

I can't take a photo of them because they are constantly in motion and we also haven't been able to catch them. Maybe the resident entomologist would have an idea what kind of fly (or maybe even bee) they are based on their behavior. We haven't been able to figure out what they might be eating or where they might be breeding. They don't want to eat our food and we scoop the kitty litter regularly.

We do not have a "resident entomologist." OSU has a department with professors of entomology, but they are going to need the same information. Perhaps if you hung some traps, you could catch a few. Gnats exhibit the type of behavior you are describing, but we would need more information about them, as well.