Check out the District's Midge Study here.
Midges are an important factor in the food chain for local and migratory ducks, geese, and other large aquatic birds. They are not a disease threat to pets or people; however, in large numbers, midges can impact local industries, agriculture, and can be a significant nuisance. Midges look similar to mosquitoes, but most do not bite.
- Adult size approximately 2-20 mm (1/16 to 1/4 in.)
- Shades of black, brown, tan, cream, green, or red in color
- Larvae are slender and worm-like
- Adults have two wings (diptera)
- They closely resemble mosquitoes
- Have 6 jointed legs
WHAT ATTRACTS MIDGES?
- Carbon dioxide from breath
- Moisture, either after or during light rain or moisture from humans
- Close overcast, warm, humid days
BENEFITS OF MIDGES:
- They are an essential food source for fish and other aquatic insects
- Chironomids are important organisms in aquatic habitats
- Its larvae "clean" the aquatic environment by consuming and recycling organic debris
PREVENTION OF MIDGE INFESTATION:
- Find and eliminate the sources of midge larvae
- Look for habitats where they develop, such as: lakes, water reservoirs, open water where vegetation is attached, and during the summertime, where water frontage is close to buildings and homes.
- Use ditches to drain away areas of standing water and try to eliminate unnecessary lighting during the evening