Project Description

Gnats

Order Diptera(L.)

Appearance:
The tiny flying insects that you may see that we call “gnats” can be any of many species. Depending on species, gnats can be biting or non-biting and will feed on plants, other insects or blood. Most commonly gnats are simply fruit flies or fungus gnats.

[jbox title=”Interesting Fact”] Fungus gnats lay their eggs in damp soil of plants that have been over watered. When the eggs hatch, the immature gnats feed on decomposing, organic material in the soil.[/jbox]

Size:
The small size of gnats make it appear as a less serious pest, but gnats reproduce very quickly and can populate infested areas in swarms. Gnats can very quickly become a large problem to homeowners or apartment residents.

Behavior:
The main showing of gnats are sightings adults as they fly about in the air. Male gnats often assemble in large mating swarms or ghosts, particularly at dusk.