Gnat Control Services

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Several pests, like mosquitoes and ticks, can quickly ruin outdoor fun. Gnats are at the top of most people’s lists of top annoyances for picnics and playtime. Professional gnat control services can help you reclaim your outdoor spaces for your family.

These annoying pests start spoiling outdoor activities in mid to late spring when temperatures rise above 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Unfortunately, gnats are not just confined to the outdoors. They can invade your indoor space and create problems there, too, especially around sinks, houseplants, and trash cans. In addition, gnats contaminate food by transferring bacteria from dirty surfaces, clog drains and cause other problems for humans and pets.

Don’t let gnats take over your home and garden. Mosquito Joe offers more than effective and efficient mosquito control. We also provide professional pest control services to rid your property of fleas, ticks, flies, and gnats. When no-see-ums and midges take over your pool and patio, call on Mosquito Joe’s gnat control services for the win!

What Are Gnats and What Attracts Them?

“Gnat” is the common name for many species of small, winged insects, related to flies. What we refer to as gnats includes fruit flies, midges, sandflies, and fungus gnats, among over a thousand other species.

Different gnat species bite people, eat plants, prey on other insects, and suck blood from warm-blooded animals and reptiles. Gnat control isn’t just about getting rid of a nuisance insect but also improves the health of your home and garden.

Gnats are attracted to damp areas and scents like those produced by fruit, vegetable, and flower gardens, perfumes, and body lotions. Since gnats only require two things to breed – moisture and some rotting organic matter — many things in your yard and home can attract them and create ideal breeding conditions. When you limit the conditions that support gnat populations and use professional gnat control services, you can bid these bugs goodbye!

Things that attract gnats outdoors include:

  • Overwatering your lawn
  • A build-up of grass clippings
  • Rotten logs
  • Dead plants
  • Unremoved stumps
  • Standing water in catch trays, bird baths, gutters, and more

Things that attract gnats in the house include:

  • Rotting food
  • Overly ripe fruit
  • Well-watered houseplants
  • Food left in the garbage disposal
  • Food waste left in the trash
  • Standing water in sinks, toilets, and drains

Limiting the sources that attract gnats and support their breeding is the first step toward effective gnat control.

Gnat Life Cycle

Most gnats will move through their life cycle in approximately 30 days but lay enough eggs to keep their numbers consistent throughout the spring and summer. During this time, the male gnats swarm at dusk and mate with any females that enter the swarm. Once fertile, female gnats can lay up to 300 eggs—and up to 1,000 eggs during their lifetime. This rapid life cycle is why effective gnat control requires repeated applications to keep your property free from these pests.

Types of Gnats

Effective gnat pest control varies depending on the type of gnats you want to eliminate. Since there are thousands of species of gnats in the world, here. These are some of the species you are most likely to encounter inside and outside your home in the U.S.

No-See-Ums (Biting Midges)

These gnats populate damp areas around your property and aquatic habitats such as fast-flowing streams and deep lakes. Like mosquitoes, they bite and extract blood from humans and animals. Non-biting midges, or chironomids, are gray and less than 1/8 of an inch in length. In the adult stage, they resemble mosquitoes, with females utilizing their long proboscis to extract blood from their victims.

Although the midge life cycle lasts less than three weeks, from egg to adult, they can be quite a nuisance for people trying to enjoy outdoor activities. No-see-ums will readily bite humans and pets, causing painful and itchy areas on the skin. Those allergic to biting midges may also experience long-lasting sores around the bite areas.

Fungus or Houseplant Gnats:

Also known as winter gnats, adults are grayish-black with long gray wings and long legs. They typically feed on the fungi and roots of plants. Their eggs (although almost impossible to see) are smooth, oval, and shiny white. The females lay around 300 eggs, which take about three days to hatch.
Fungus gnats live up to a month, quickly reproduce in warm climates, and are attracted to moisture and light. These are the gnats that plague houseplants.

Drain Fly Gnat:

These gnats love drains and sewers and have been known to clog pipes and cause plumbing issues for homeowners. They reproduce in areas with decaying organic matter. The larvae take three days to mature.

As adults, they can spread bacteria throughout your home as they travel from surface to surface, but don’t usually cause diseases in humans.

Sand Fly Gnat:

These gnats get their name because of their sandy color. Thick hair covers their body and legs, and they have big black eyes. Females feed on the blood of mammals or reptiles before laying their eggs. Both males and females enjoy the sugary nutrients that come from plant nectar.

Sand flies thrive in humid conditions that also have a dry area, which helps protect their eggs. The entire sand fly life cycle is 20-40 days, with the eggs taking 1-2 weeks to develop into larvae. Pupae develop into adults within ten days.

If a sand fly bites, you may experience a bumpy red rash around the bite area. Some people can also get fever due to a gnat bite. Sand flies can also transmit viral infections like Chagres Virus and Punta Toro Virus.

Eye Gnats:

Eye gnats (grass flies) are attracted to the secretions that come from the nose, mouth, and eyes of humans and animals, so they often congregate near these areas. Eye gnats have been known to transmit conjunctivitis or “pink eye.”

Eye gnats thrive in loose, sandy soil areas and have a life cycle that varies based on the temperature, food, and moisture available. Adult females consume blood, animal sweat, secretions, and pus, to store protein for the pupa and larval stages. Females lay up to 400 eggs in 2-3 days, and adults typically live about 28 days.

Black Fly Gnats:

Black fly gnats (turkey gnats or humpbacked buffalo gnats) are tan, green, or gray and breed in fast-moving rivers and streams. They emerge in late spring or early summer. Males feed only on nectar, but females swarm animals, including birds and people, and consume their blood. These gnats are attracted to moving dark objects, sweat, and carbon dioxide.

Black fly gnats can be a nuisance for anyone working or playing outside. They target and bite their prey around the neck and head area and can be very aggressive. Black flies can kill large animals with their persistent harassment. Fortunately, they only live about 2-3 weeks and usually disappear during the hottest months of the summer.

Regardless of the type of gnats, you’re dealing with; an infestation can quickly ruin an outdoor event and drive even the hardiest enthusiastic outdoor enthusiast to seek shelter. Mosquito Joe’s professional pest control for gnats is effective against all of these species. Our services can help make your property safe again for the whole family to enjoy.

Can Gnats Transmit Disease?

Thankfully, most common gnats do not transmit harmful diseases to humans. However, some, like the Eye Gnat, have been linked to conjunctivitis (pinkeye) transmission, and sand flies transmit viral infections like Chagres and Punta Toro. Other varieties can infect livestock with several different diseases. Finally, there are some gnats that bite and cause irritation and redness, especially for those who are allergic to their bites. Professional backyard gnat control keeps your family and pets healthier and more comfortable while enjoying your property.

When present in large numbers, gnats form swarms that hang in the air at face level and there is. Often, no way to avoid them. These swarms create problems for anyone trying to enjoy the outdoors. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to control gnats on your property.

How to Get Rid of Gnats

The most effective path to gnat control is a two-pronged approach. First, do all you can to limit the conditions that attract, feed, and support breeding gnat populations on your property. Then hire professional gnat control services to eliminate the gnats that come in from your neighbors’ properties.

What you can do at home to cut down on gnats:

  • Place rotting fruit, food, and vegetables in closed containers or sealed bags before putting them in the garbage can, or run them through the garbage disposal. Dispose of them as soon as possible.
  • Let your lawn, flowers, and plant beds dry completely between watering.
  • Promptly discard decaying organic matter such as dead leaves, grass clippings, pulled weeds, and other dead plant matter.
  • Avoid using dried moss for flower beds or potted plants, as it can retain moisture and develop fungus.

Gnats are attracted to moisture, fruits and vegetables, and decaying organic matter. Many of these conditions can be found around your home, garbage cans, sewers, and even your lawn and garden. When you limit the sources of food that attract gnats and hire expert pest control for gnats, you can reclaim your outdoor spaces for your family again.

Contact Mosquito Joe for Effective Gnat Control, Today!

Mosquito Joe has provided efficient gnat control and other pest control services to homeowners across the country since 2010. As a proud Neighborly company, we understand the unique needs of your property because we live in the communities we service. We have made it our business to become the local expert on pest control in every city and town where we operate. You can trust that we’ll do the job right, the first time, because our work is backed by the Neighborly Done Right Promise and our own Mosquito Joe® Satisfaction Guarantee.

Your local Mosquito Joe gnat control service can help eliminate annoying gnats and no-see-ums in your yard. We offer both traditional and natural barrier treatments that help keep pests away for up to 21 days. So, if gnats, mosquitoes, fleas, or flies are ruining your good times, call Mosquito Joe. We can help make the outdoors fun again! Call 855-275-2563 or request an estimate online today!

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