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.
13 Mar 2014, 08:42
THE LITTLE MIDGES ARE A NUISANCE WE HAVE GOY RID OF ALL HOUSE PLANTS WHAT
ELSE CAN WE DO
22 Apr 2014, 07:06
we just built a home by a lake and are the only house with such a bad midge
problem. Yep, you guessed it, we painted our house white. The coat our
house by the tens of thousands to where it's hard to even tell our house is
white. I figure a big zapper might help for a couple of days and then get
overwhelmed with the sheer amount of midges, so I'm thinking of getting a
couple of bat houses. Do you think my plan will help?
21 Jun 2014, 14:20
They keep coming on my window, about 5 everyday I don't know how to get rid
of them help
05 Jul 2014, 16:05
i have the same problem , been dealing with the flying midges for 4yrs ,i
think they lay egss on hair because i just went to Niagra falls washed
everything spayed everything and i still had them in the hotel room, did
you answer these peoples porblems ,where are the answers, thanks,
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05 Jul 2014, 16:41
This is the comments box. There is a notice in bold red letters that says
where you can get answers to your questions.
08 Aug 2014, 00:30
Does anyone ever answer these questions??? I had them identified and yes
they are biting midges. A YEAR now and still being eaten alive.
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08 Aug 2014, 15:46
You are posting in the comment, box, Jody. Read the. Old red notice above
the box. Ask your question in the proper link and you will get an answer
22 Aug 2014, 09:39
I'm a custodian and am looking for the best way to clean midge feces off
glass doors. The business I work for will not turn off the outside lights
at night, therefore I need an effective way to get caked-on fuzzy bill
feces off the doors. Thank you in advance.
17 Sep 2014, 22:08
I have been plagued with these nasty critters for over 2 years and 3 homes.
I was under the impression that it was a bedbug problem but I think these
biting midges are worse.. I have used DE and it doesn't seem to work. I
use the 91%rubbing alcohol and it also does not kill these things. The are
in the car and in every room in our home. I am assuming we picked these up
from our foreclosed home that was by a creek and on an old marshland. So
treating them like bedbugs didn't work. Kept them at bay but they are still
here alive and thriving. What can do to eliminate them? Is it possible
for the Biting Midges to be immune to treatment like the bed bug and also
live for a long time without having a feed host?? Please anything I can do
myself to get rid of
29 Sep 2014, 16:59
They're in our home this is the second year this has happened. I've tried
every chemical know I'm really at a loss. Please help!!!!
03 Oct 2014, 23:20
How can they be killed?!?!>!
18 Nov 2014, 12:15
I have had these biting midges infested in my home for 5 years now. Nothing
kills them except things that kill you also, like spray paint and bleach.
They are immune to pesticides. The females bite humans, suck blood for
their babies and need warm moist soil to live and lay eggs. Pesticide
companies just laugh and say no such thing. Well look at all the blood on
my sheets and pillow cases bud. They get in your eyes, ears, nose and mouth
and rarely can you see them.
05 Jan 2015, 01:00
PLEASE PLEASE Help me my cat and I are being eaten alive. Thought I had the
problem licked for a while but now they are bad worse than ever I have so
many open sores from the bites they open when scratched I am going to get
an infection and my poor cat all he does is scratch and bite himself to try
and get them off him flea collar has no effect I have tried vinegar and
soap traps, sprays I have not opened a window in 6 months. The land lord
refuses to do anything I told him there is something living in the attic I
hear it running around at night and sometimes it smell so bad like
something died He says its nothing I show him my eaten body and bloody sore
and he says there is nothing that's causing this he must be blind PLEASE
HELP ME I CAN NOT MOVE BUT I CAN NOT TAKE THIS ANYMORE AND I CAN NOT WATCH
MY CAT SUFFER.I spoke to a lawyer and they said nothing he can do i should
just move I do not have the money to move please please help
25 Mar 2015, 08:37
I believe I have midges too, bug man blew me off, told my husband I have
dry skin? But hello, I have bites day and nite. Where do they hide? I
ditched my plants. Do they get in my trash and lay eggs there? Do they hide
in my curtains? I am desperate. I put Campho-phenique on the bites, it
seems to heal them. But I find they seem to bite me in the same spots
several days in a row. Bugman left sticky sheets but I think I'll have to
hang them on my face to catch any bugs! Where can I find stages of these to
show him, or just dead ones. Please help me...
Ask the Exterminator
25 Mar 2015, 10:42
If you cannot produce a sample insect you will get little help from a pest
control professional. Identification is the first step in pest management.
Somehow, you're going to have to capture a bug before any legitimate
company will help. Or, you can keep calling in pest control companies.
Eventually, someone will take your money.
10 Apr 2015, 09:54
we are infested with black, tiny, biting flies. we live near sea. what
shall we do to get rid of them & treat its bites. it is very itchy. there
are indoor but much plenty outdoor & near our dogs. we have caught a few
but most immediately disappear. please help u.
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10 Apr 2015, 10:05
Move inland! No! Seriously. There is nothing you can do about biting midges
when you live so close to a water source. That's where they live and breed.
The only relief is to remain indoors.
10 May 2015, 20:30
PLEASE-PLEASE-PLEASE help with any suggestions you have about midges
We live by a lake so we know that's
part of the problem. We can't enjoy our deck--would screening it in be
10 May 2015, 20:59
Robin...they make outdoor midge traps that run off propane...little
expensive but they work. My midges live in my house and come from the crawl
space I believe, for 6 years now I have been eaten alive. Nothing kills
them that wont also kill you. Best of luck!