Wet weather in the Columbia, SC area is making gnat populations rise along with our annoyance

Up close and personal with a gnat.

Up close and personal with the annoying gnat.

Those little backyard pests have arrived in full force this season. They are sometimes referred to as “no see um’s” which is really a cute word for the very annoying gnat!  Those tiny bugs that you can’t see before they are inches in front of you are called gnats. Gnats seem to find their way into our homes and are attracted by rotting food and moisture. Some come into your home on fruit that you have purchased, others gnats find their way inside through openings in your house such as doors and cracks. Gnats are actually part of the Diptera family of insects, with the name implying “two wings”, and are a type of fly.

Along with being annoying, certain types of gnats do bite humans which can lead to skin irritations. Some gnats also spread disease. Gnats multiply quickly, laying hundreds of eggs in a short amount of time which can lead to unsanitary conditions if the problem gets out of control in and around your home.

Getting to know your gnat

Gnats in Spring

Does this resemble your backyard?

There are several types of gnats and each come with their own propensity to annoy us in different ways. Eye gnats live off the eye fluid of animals such as livestock that like to congregate in herds. Extremely large aggregations of eye gnats are common in areas that have loose sandy soils, especially in the southern United States. Some research indicates eye gnats can cause conjunctivitis, cancer and other disease in cows.

Gall gnats, also known by some as “midges” are tiny and frail and can wreak havoc on crops when present in large numbers. Sand gnats also called “no see ums” bite and actually suck blood leaving red bumps and rashes behind in their wake. Sand gnats are prevalent in sandy areas. Fungus gnats are found in moist environments and thrive on decomposing food and can be found in many homes thriving in household plants.

Gnats are very difficult to control when we have normal precipitation but are even more difficult to control with all the wet weather we have experienced thus far for the season. In essence the rain, and over watering associated with the weather is a huge contributor of rising gnat populations all over the Columbia area. This season we have seen a particularly bad gnat problem on the South side of Lexington, SC. This is due in part to the sand based soil prevalent in that area which facilitate large gnat populations.Gnats prefer laying their eggs in areas where their brood can easily rise up from the loose soil. Gnats like similar conditions to those of mosquitoes – damp, warm, moist areas with lush vegetation and standing water. More humidity and moisture, paired with the abundance of foliage and flowers, make the perfect home for gnats.

Gnat on leaf with a raindrop

Notice the sheer size of this tiny gnat as it appears next to a drop of dew.

Getting rid of the gnats

To get the best results you will want to take additional measures to make your area less conducive to gnats. Remove rotting vegetation from the yard, including the spent undersides of any potted plants or flowers on or around your deck or patio. Remove and tip over devices that may hold standing water. Remove old leaves, logs, and dead fall around your home. Rake out the area and let it dry out this will discourage the gnat from returning to those areas. When watering your lawn or plants, don’t over water. You want the areas to sufficiently dry out before watering again. We recommend watering 3 days per week, and water in the early morning hours so the sun, paired with evaporation throughout the day will dry off any excess moisture present. Mosquito Squad of Columbia advises you to stay on our mosquito control program throughout the season to get the best gnat control. We cannot guarantee the gnat control applications but 75% of our customers who are on both the mosquito and gnat control saw a significant decrease in the gnats in their yards.

Here is our solution. With every barrier spray treatment, we spray the ground with the product we use to control mosquitoes. If this is not sufficient then we add an additional product used to treat the gnats and fleas specifically. In extreme cases we can enroll you in our platinum program where we spray your yard on a 2 week schedule.  We have had a great deal of success in protecting residents in the area from gnats. The degree of treatment you will need depends on your individual circumstances and property.

The crew at Mosquito Squad of Columbia

The crew at Mosquito Squad of Columbia

Contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia to learn more about controlling the bugs that are bothering you, including gnats, mosquitoes, fire ants, fleas, ticks, spiders and flies. We can help keep you and your family happy and healthy this season with bug-free days, and bug-free nights. Call us today for a free quote •  (803) 345 – 7575 • email:columbia@mosquitosquad.com

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Mosquito Squad of Columbia teaches us that all mosquito treatments aren’t created equal!

Mosquito on spring flowers

The abundance of rain will ensure plentiful blooms and mosquitoes this season.

With all the recent rain we’ve had in the Columbia area, the mosquito season is likely to be a doozy this season. Standing water is everywhere which means the mosquitoes are using that pooled water to lay millions and millions of eggs. With the probability of a booming mosquito season, it’s important to keep you and your family protected from these backyard menaces and the many illnesses they carry. In choosing the right mosquito professional to take care of your mosquito control needs, it is important to choose someone who is experienced in getting the job done right the first time.

mosquito larvae and eggs in standing water

Mosquito larvae and eggs in standing water

I am sure you have seen the advertisements around town offering mosquito control. Many of these companies don’t even specialize in mosquito control and most only offer a “knock down” treatment rather than a residual product that truly protects. Knock down treatments mean that the product is only effective on the mosquitoes that are present in the yard at the time of treatment. Knock down treatments are all most of these companies use, that is why many customers have been left with a bad taste in their mouth and lots of bites on their bodies. The knock-down treatment is very inexpensive compared to the residual product but, you get what you pay for. Many Columbia residents feel that this is the only type of control available in the area. Mosquito Squad of Columbia is here to tell you that you can have a mosquito and tick free yard all summer with our duo of knock down protection and timed release extended treatment.

Not all mosquito treatments are created equal

We are raising the bar here in the Columbia area when it comes to mosquito control and we have the competition running scared. They know our product works, and theirs just scratches the surface at controlling mosquitoes. We use a proprietary treatment that includes three different products to deliver the ultimate effectiveness.  We not only offer different levels of protection, we also offer many specialty treatments. We are specialists in outdoor pests. While other companies only offer a general pest management approach, we offer many different options that target the pests you are having problems with. Flying pests are much more difficult to control than crawling pests. Don’t ever let a company tell you there is no difference in the two, or there is nothing effective at targeting them both. At Mosquito Squad, that’s what we do.

Mosquito Squad of Columbia doesn't give mosquitoes or ticks a biting chance

Mosquito Squad of Columbia doesn’t give mosquitoes and other nuisance insects a biting chance!

Full protection throughout the summer:

If you talk to a professional who has knowledge about products used to eliminate mosquitoes, the knowledgeable ones will tell you it will wear off after about three weeks.  Our competitors spray every 4 weeks which guarantees their customers will be unhappy 25% of the time.

Our regular barrier spray program is scheduled every 3 weeks for optimal results. Not only will the treatments eliminate existing mosquitoes and ticks in your backyard upon application, they will also create a veil of protection designed to keep more mosquitoes from entering your treated property until the next treatment. Our customers can also choose our platinum service with service every 14 days for the ultimate protection. If you come across a landscape or lawn service and they say they take care of mosquito control, beware. Their product most likely does not have the residual performance and the licenses usually held by landscape and lawn companies restrict them from spraying decks, patios, porches, home siding or structures. At Mosquito Squad of Columbia, we have the licenses to treat your structures as well as your yard.

Mosquito Squad of Columbia offers natural treatment programs that are garlic or mint based. Natural products have less residual protection than their contemporaries and need to be applied on a two-week schedule in order to gain the most effectiveness.

If you aren’t satisfied with any facet of the results you receive from our product, we re-spray at no charge. It is that simple. We always make sure our customers are taken care of, that is why Mosquito Squad of Columbia has so many repeat customers, because once you find out what works and who you can trust, that is the company you stick with. Along with our safe and highly effective pest control programs we also offer mosquito misting systems. Don’t just take our word for it. Visit our Mosquito Squad of Columbia website and read our reviews.

Blood filled female mosquito

Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance, they also carry a wide range of illness and disease,

At Mosquito Squad of Columbia, we also offer services for other nuisance insects such as ticks, spiders, fleas, gnats, fire ants, flies, wasps,  and aphids. Our specialty is eliminating the bugs above ground that are bugging you. You may find less expensive services elsewhere, but you will not find someone who provides better service or more effective protection. Mosquito Squad of Columbia surveys amond customers rank us 5 points ABOVE “World Class” ranking with more than 90% of our customers willing to refer us to friends and family.

Contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia today to learn why we are the pest control company that so many area residents are choosing to keep to help ensure their mosquito free lifestyle. Call us today for a free quote • (803) 345 – 7575 • email:Columbia@MosquitoSquad.com