6476. Hello, I would like to know how can I get rid of these small black bugs that are flying around my living area in the basement. I am finding them in the bathtub, bathroom, bedroom and my office. they are very annoying and they seem to be attracted to light as they do go near a lamp or my phone in the dark. I don’t know if these are drain flies. I haven’t seen them come up from the drain. I have put Apple Cider Vinegar with Palmolive dish soap in 2 little bowls and I have caught approx. 10 in each bowl. But they are a lot more as I have killed 100 of these little annoying buggers. I have submitted a picture of them on here but no reply yet as what they are and how I can get rid of them for once and for all. Please help. thank you. London, ON.
Number 6476. These most likely are dark-winged fungus gnats (Diptera: Sciaridae). Their larvae usually are found in very wet/saturated soil having a high organic material content, such as in over-watered potted plants. If you have potted plants in our around your premises, allow the soil to dry out as much as practical between waterings. If you have no such plants and they are coming in from outside, you’re options are rather limited. Click here for some suggestions.