Male non-biting midges

7087.        These tiny little bugs have been swarming our light fixtures and smartphones inside the house. There are so many of them flying around. This started late summer/early fall in mid-September in Southern Ontario, Canada. We notice them in the evening especially. What are they and how do we get rid of them? Toronto, Ontario. Canada

Number 7087. These are male (note the feathery antennae) non-biting midges (Diptera: Chironomidae). Their larvae are aquatic like those of mosquitoes, but they can utilize a wider scope of habitats and thus nearly impossible to control effectively. Fortunately, they do no harm, and essentially are nuisances – Click here