Often mistaken for mosquitoes and fruit flies, fungus gnats are small, long-legged flies. Gnats are black in color and 1/10 of an inch in length. These fragile insects often are weak fliers. Depending on the species, gnats will assemble in large mating swarms. These swarms look like small, dark clouds of bugs. Fungus gnats feed on organic matter and small insects.
Why Do I Have Them?
Fungus gnats prefer damp environments and are often found in gardens and fields. They enter houses in search of food and moisture. Gnats are often brought indoors by accident as outdoor plants are moved inside during the winter. Any moisture in the home or unsanitary areas can attract these small flying insects into your house.
Why Should I Be Concerned?
Fungus gnats do not bite, sting, or transmit diseases. They are primarily a nuisance for homeowners as they buzz around your home. Larvae can also cause houseplants to wilt as they feed on the roots. A female gnat can lay up to 150 eggs within a week. If not controlled immediately, a small problem can soon turn into a severe infestation.
Treatment & Control
How Do I Get Rid of Fungus Gnats?
Getting rid of fungus gnats can be a difficult task due to their nesting habits and fast reproduction rate. Inspecting houseplants before bringing them indoors will help prevent fly infestations. If fungus gnats have already invaded your home, the most effective way to get rid of an infestation is to contact a pest control professional. At Advanced Wildlife and Pest Control, we offer effective pest services to eliminate your fly problem.