We live next to KY Lake (large lake) and have the insect (in the picture below) coming to our house (attracted by light) in huge swarms. The good news is they don’t bite but we have to blow off our deck (sometimes 1″ deep pile by our doors). They don’t live very long. Can you let us know what they are and how to treat (if possible). Are they coming from grass or from the lake? Thanks for the help.
These look to be a species of midge. Basically they’ll become active in the spring, typically live around ponds, lakes, etc. and will arrive in massive “swarms” when the conditions are right. Most species don’t bite (though some do) and since they look a lot like mosquitoes, people tend to panic when they’re seen.
The good news is they’re easy to control.
And the preferred method of midge control is to use a fogging machine and a misting concentrate that’s okay to use around lakes, ponds, etc.
Our BUGSPRAY FOGGER can help you treat up to an acre efficiently.
As you can see in the video, this machine can be small but its plenty powerful. Plan on using about 1 gallon of mixed solution for every 10,000 to 20,000 sq/ft.
For the sides of the home, turf and plants, use BITHOR mixed 1 oz per gallon. Its odorless, works immediately and will last 2-4 weeks if not longer.
If the yard is small, you can use a HOSE END SPRAYER to apply the Bithor. Add 2.5 oz to the sprayer, fill it to the 5 gallon line and use the entire amount over 5,000 sq/ft.
If you have to spray over water like ponds or lakes, go with ESSENTRIA. It won’t pose any threat to the aquatic life, people or pets. In most cases you’ll get 10-14 days of control once the problem has been reduced but expect to treat more frequently this time of year. But you are able to use it as much of it as you want so there is no chance of over applying it.
You can only use the Essentria over water with one of the foggers listed above. Add 4 oz per gallon of water when misting.
Now how much product will it take to treat? Expect to use 2-3 gallons per 1/2 acre if you have a decent amount of vegetation; less if it’s a wide open space. And be sure to treat everything in the landscape since midges can thrive in plants, mulch, rain gutters, etc. Basically anywhere moisture can accumulate.
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