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.

 CHARACTERISTICS:

  • 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