What Are They?
Midge flies, also called blind mosquitoes, are ubiquitous throughout Florida. They belong to a very large and diverse family of aquatic insects with their immature stages occurring in the water. They resemble mosquitoes in size and shape but thankfully they do not bite, sting, suck blood or carry disease but during warmer months of the year the adult flies begin emerging from our lakes, ponds and waterways in large swarms.
Swarming midge flies can be a real nuisance to lakeside communities, limiting outdoor
recreation and driving people inside. They are small enough to be accidentally inhaled and are
known to cause allergic reactions in some people. When swarming, the flies can cause property
damage by blanketing houses, outdoor furniture, cars and landscaping.