Lakes in Florida with poor water quality are the breeding ground for some of the most obnoxious summer pests including aquatic midge flies. Not only are these insects annoying, midge fly swarms are a terrible nuisance that can trigger allergies and respiratory reactions.
Also called blind mosquitoes, these midge flies are insects often found swarming around lakes, ponds and waterways. They look like a mosquito but don’t bite, sting, suck blood or transmit disease. Midges belong to a very large and diverse family of aquatic insects. Their egg, larvae and pupae stages occur in water. The flying adults emerge from the water surface in large numbers from our lakes, ponds wetlands.
Midge flies are ubiquitous throughout Florida, North America and the world. They successfully inhabit many different aquatic ecosystems including both neighborhood storm water drainage systems and large natural lakes where they serve as an important food source for other aquatic insects, amphibians, fish and birds.
Managing midge fly populations below nuisance levels requires a multidisciplinary approach to achieve successful long-term control.