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Small hovering flies

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This is our first year using fly predators and so far the house fly control has been great! However, this year we have these small flies that just hover in a cloud about 3-6 feet off the ground. They are in the barn, our backyard by the fish pond, and by our tack shed. So I guess they're in all the shady places in the yard. I haven't seen any increase of flies actually on the horses and I don't think they bite, but I'm not sure. Any ideas what this type of fly is and what traps they'd be attracted to? They don't seem to be attracted to our sticky traps. Thanks!

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  • DeeAnna,

    By any chance would you be able to take any pictures and send to me Att: Jessica at  Just a picture of the cloud will give me an idea.  I am thinking from the description that they are a type of gnat, however there's a small chance they could be another type of fly.  If they do not bite or flock to you or animals and stay in their cloud, then they are most likely midges or gnats that are in mating swarms.  These insects breed in damp soil, but will form mating swarms in a variety of areas before the mated females go off to lay eggs.  If that is the case, there is no good way to trap them; however, they usually just disappear on their own in 2-3 weeks once mating is over.  If you have any further questions, please let me know.

    Thank you,