Pest Alert: Black Winged Fungus Gnats

— Written By N.C. Cooperative Extension


Pest Alert: Black Winged Fungus Gnats

Written By: Kim Jackson

Darkwinged fungus gnats are native insects that normally go unnoticed because they inhabit decaying organic matter outdoors and are generally not abundant in the overall landscape. This year, however they are emerging in large numbers perhaps in search of a new food source. The maggots are noticeable because they congregate around the house or on plants in the yard. They tend to stick together in  ribbon-like form sometimes as much as an inch wide and a yard long moving in a snake like fashion.  If you feel control is necessary, use soapy water to remove these gnats off sidewalks and driveways.  Please note except for being a nuisance, fungus gnats in the yard are harmless.  For more information, please contact the Extension Office, 919.496.3344 or Check out our website: Be sure to like us on Facebook to stay up to date on all things Cooperative Extension.

Posted on Jun 14, 2011
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