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Getting answers: What to do if you're seeing more gnats

Posted at 6:30 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 19:33:30-04

We're seeing several complaints on social media about an influx of gnats throughout Lafayette. Robert Thibodeaux, Branch Manager of J&J Exterminating, confirms there is an influx. He says every spring we see the pests, but people are outside now more than ever.

"More people are noticing them because they're out in their yards. Normally they would be at work and spending time in the yard over the weekends. Midges have always been there, but people are noticing them a lot more because they're spending more time in the yard."

Also referred to as biting gnats, Thibodeaux says strong winds are to blame for this season's uptick.

"We've been noticing them more in the last spring and summer. I think when the Atchafalaya Basin rose, it pushed them closer to homes and businesses," Thibodeaux said.

Female midges will bite, as they are in need of blood for their eggs. The bite can cause a skin irritation. Thibodeux says keeping your yard dry and clear of debris will decrease the amount of gnats you see.

"The best thing to keep them from nesting in your yard is pick up any leaves, any brush piles, make sure your bedding stays dry, don't over-water your plants, all to keep them from being in your yard," Thibodeaux explained.

The midges lay their eggs in shallow, still water - they don't like laying eggs in moving water. So, if you see an influx in midges around your retention pond, you could add a fountain to prevent them from laying eggs there.

For more information about midges, click here.

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