Alright lake lovers, it’s that time of year again. It’s time to grab those fishing poles, BBQ grills, sunscreen and head out. But, be aware, it’s also the time of the year those pesky flying insects come out too.

In spring and early summer, you will experience more flying insects. It’s mating season for carpenter ants, mosquitoes are hatching, and the swarms of midges are making their appearance.

What are midges you might be asking. Have you ever been walking on a dock at the lake and see a swarm of what look like mosquitoes? Those are most likely a swarm of midges. Midges resemble a smaller version of mosquitoes except they don’t have that piercing blood-sucking bite. In fact, midges don’t bite at all. They prefer sugary nectar and fruit juices. They are just a nuisance.

Midges lay their eggs near bodies of water such as ponds, lakes and marshes. It’s often difficult to control midges for the simple fact their lifecycle starts on the water. Once the pupae of the larvae emerge, it can take 2-3 weeks for them to become an adult and start annoying you.

Helpful hints on controlling them around your home:

  1. Keep trees and bushes trimmed – this helps stop the creation of a moist area at the base for midges to hide, especially after watering or a good rain
  2. Get rid of any standing water – Midges prefer calm, still water. If you have a pool or pond, try something to agitate the water
  3. If you have a pond, add some fish – some fish eat midges and their larvae
  4. Limit outdoor lighting – male midges are attracted to light
  5. Call a professional



If you’re experiencing those pesky flying insects this year, call us today and start enjoying tomorrow. Safe Earth Pest Control 214-321-2847