Fungus Gnats

Fungus Gnats

Description

Fungus Gnats resemble tiny Mosquitoes. These grayish-black flying insects are very tiny – only ⅛ inch in length.

Damage

Fungus Gnats do not bite or feed on humans. They live in damp soil and feed on fungi. Fungus Gnats themselves cause no problems aside from being a nuisance if they swarm, but the presence of Fungus Gnats in your home can indicate a different problem, like the overwatering of houseplants.
 

Location

Fungus Gnats are common throughout the United States.

 

Cultural Solutions
  • Avoid overwatering plants.
  • Keep yard free of organic debris, like piles of grass clippings or leaves; these are breeding grounds for Fungus Gnats.
  • Repot indoor plants and discard old soil which contains eggs, larvae and pupae, this will reduce the population.