Gnats in North Jersey
Gnats (also known as midges) are a type of small non-biting flying insect found across the United States. Many of the species that impact houses and buildings are attracted to the light and fly at night. People often mistake them for mosquitoes and are bothered by their presence. However, unlike mosquitoes, gnats do not bite and are unable to transmit diseases.
Gnats breed in water and emerge in large numbers. During spring and summer, gnats and midges are prevalent around aquatic areas in North Jersey such as lakes and rivers where they lay their eggs. Although they are weak flyers, they can travel significant distances downwind, migrating to swimming pools, homes, and buildings. Gnats and midges are short-lived. They do not feed and exist solely to mate, lay eggs, and expire. Although they are bothersome, they’re relatively harmless.