Summary: Midges, often mistaken for mosquitoes, are nuisance pests for people who live near bodies of water. Some midge fly species bite while others do not.
The months of April, May, and June bring large swarms of midges which are gnat-like insects sometimes confused with mosquitoes. Midges are usually found near lakes, ponds or streams and appear to float over the water in clouds.
The adult midge becomes active after sunset when it flies to night lights on structures. Piles of dead midges may accumulate on porches and decks. It's not unheard of to discover drifts measuring eight to twelve inches deep
consisting of dead midges giving off a dead fish stench.
The Midge fly is attracted to freshly painted surfaces mistaking the shine of the paint for the surface of water. Midges will cluster on screens and window sills and can be found hanging onto drapes or other fabrics. Their small size allows them entry via air conditioning units, window screens and the smallest cracks around doors. Once inside, they die in a short period, often on window sills where they are attracted to the outside light.
There are no terrific control measures for midges. And, because they can fly as far as a quarter mile from their breeding sites, finding and treating a specific breeding site would be like finding a needle in a very large haystack. At the very best you can eliminate any stagnant standing water from bird baths, flower pots, hollow tree stumps, clogged gutters or water-holding low spots near your home. Outside lighting attracts them so turn off outdoor lights until about forty-five minutes after sundown. Most of their activity will be done by then. You might also want to think about replacing outdoor lights with yellow, orange or red bulbs which are colors least attractive to flying insects.
Janice L Dean
18 Nov 2008, 20:32
We have had an infestation of biting midges for the second summer. They
are finding our home (and sunroom) a perfect climate. What on earth kills
them? All we have tried they are immune to. we are plauged day and night,
with early evening the worst. They like faces, noses, eyes, and have made
us just plain ugly tempered as they leave their itchy bites. As it gets
colder they seem to go dormant, but reappear as soon as spring comes.
16 Oct 2011, 22:43
We have hundreds of midges (?) on the ceiling and walls since beginning of
Oct. They do not bite or fly much - just all over the ceiling - advice?
Also, house flies are rampant, worse than we have ever seen
Ask the Exterminator
21 Oct 2011, 12:30
Midges come from a nearby water source. If they get inside they would be
attracted to light colored ceiling. The house flies indicates a sanitation
issue. In some location there is something moist and decaying.
25 Jun 2012, 10:14
our entire house is infested with these nasty critters.
My exterminator thought I had delusional parasitosis until I found
different life stages and produced the evidence. There seem to be very few
adults but I can feel some stage (probably winged because on surfaces) all
over a big house. They are also in our clothes- unless dried immediately
before wearing they can be felt. Night time is the worst because their
presence can be felt...They seem to be hitch-hikers because they are also
in my car and my office. Is there anything that will kill them? Orkin has
been many times and still they do not DIE.
Thank you for your help.
06 Jul 2012, 10:49
I live on a lake in NE Oklahoma. I have a partially covered deck which is
unusable because of the large swarms of these creatures hanging out under
the covered area where our our grill and outdoor furniture also happen to
be. I have sprayed the area several times with different insecticides and
keep the grill spotless after use. Last weekend I purchased a bug zapper.
After one night the light was barely visible due to the thick layer of
fried Midge flies. I have noticed about a 50-60 percent decrease in the
Anyone know of a way to clear them out or deter them from my deck?
12 Jul 2012, 02:17
i have none in the house but you open the door you cant stand it gnats and
mosquitoes we dont have trash or bodys of water near by and have about 50
to 75 feet of grass, then its the road i have willow tree in between the
yard and road do you think thats it or maybe my house underneath is to
thanks much love all your advise
Ask the Exterminator
15 Jul 2012, 08:18
Small gnats called midges are attracted to sunlight reflecting off of
surfaces. The mistake the reflection for water. Mosquitoes are attracted to
standing water. You need to make sure you are not providing this
environment by overwatering your lawn, for example.
01 Oct 2012, 02:07
I have been dealing with these for almost 3 years, every night about the
same time I can feel them bounce off my face, head or where ever my skin is
free for them to reach. I try and hit them when I feel them but never get
them. I get bit on the forehead and my cheeks the most. I can feel them
bouncing off my head now. I use a blanket sometimes, I have it over me and
as soon as I feel them I drop the blanket to smash them and it works
sometimes. Where do they live in my house, how to I kill them when I feel
them. I am Diabetic and no one else has a problem with them biting them
like me. They all think I am Crazy. I am going Crazy because they don't
leave me Alone!!! I killed one a hour ago, I have a strong fan on me all
the time to help and one landed on my knee where there wasn't any wind, I
KILLED IT!! I was able too see it after using the zoom on my Camera and
sure enough, it is a Midge. I am NOT Crazy after all. Help!!! I am in
Laguna Hills, CA
28 Dec 2012, 23:29
Is there any hope of getting rid of midges completely after they have
infested your house? They are being taken from house to car, work, car and
back home. None of the pest control people seem to know anything about a
extermination plan for them.
06 Sep 2013, 20:42
Has any body receive any help with the biting midge we have the same
problem as JAK 28 dec2012 23:29
26 Dec 2013, 14:56
I recently got a couple of herb plants at the local store about a week or
so now. I first saw the midges when I put my plants under my growlights. I
put out apple cider vinegar in a bowl but they did not go to it. I mixed
some soap and water and watered the plants thourghly, once I did that I
thought I killed them. Cause I did not see any midges for 2 days. Now today
when I got home they are all over. I noticed the rosemary plant I got
especially had little ones appearing from the soil, so I drenched it in
applecider vinegar. Will this work? What should I do, should I change the
soil of the rosemary plant and the other plants in my room? It is the
middle of winter so I cannot put my plants outside.
Ask the Exterminator
26 Dec 2013, 15:15
I prefer the soap and water rinses. Be sure to treat the soil, the top and
bottom sides of the plant leaves.