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What’s with the swarms of gnats in West Bend / Washington County?

March 29, 2020 – West Bend, WI – Quite a few neighbors are noticing swarms of little bugs or gnats. They can be seen on window screens and sides of homes.

gnats on sides of homes

They’re pretty tiny but seem to travel in large numbers.

Neighbors say they don’t bite but are rather annoying.

Local DNR warden Bill Mitchell said it may be due to the rains that just passed.

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Ed Dommisse from UWM at Washington County keeps track of local weather conditions. “I got .43-inches of rain within the last 24 hours,” said Dommisse.  “On March 27 to 28 I had .36 inches… so that’s quite a bit for late March.”

Dommisse was unsure whether the bugs were related to the recent rainfall.

We’ve placed a couple other calls to Riveredge Nature Center in Newburg and Jean Lord. We’ll update the story when more information becomes available.

According to information online:

Gnats are seasonal; they are a springtime pest. Once we get consistent summer weather, they will go away. Their life cycle is short – usually mid-May to late June is when we see gnats.
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