Midge

Midge

Appearance:  Midges are very small, approximately 1-3mm in length.  They have dark bodies, which are usually gray or black, and they have two wings that appear clear.  They also have long legs and long antennae.

Location and Behavior Patterns:  Midges are often found near water and marshy areas.  They are usually in swarms, and can sometimes take on the appearance of a floating cloud.  They breed in marshy areas, as well, or in areas that have a lot of wetness.  Mornings are their most active time of day, but they can be seen throughout the day, especially if the day is cloudy and moist.

Midges are attracted to flower nectar and plant sap.  They are also attracted to people and animals, because they like the bodily scent and the carbon dioxide that people and animals emit.  They don’t usually bite, but if they do, their bite can leave a lump on the skin, often red in color.  This area may turn very itchy and may swell considerably.  They are not known to carry diseases, though, unlike when a mosquito bites a person.

Treatment:  Insecticides are effective for treating Midges.  Also, eliminating water sources will eliminate their populations, as well.  If you have bothersome Midges around your property, allow the affected area to dry out, if possible, and the Midges will die off naturally.

Midge