Gnats are tiny, winged insects that are dark in color. Similar to some species of flies, gnats are attracted to moisture and vegetation. In the home, this often includes areas such as potted plants with moist soil, garbage disposals, and kitchens. As quick breeders, gnat infestations are a virtual certainty once one enters your home.
While usually considered a nuisance pest, gnats actually pose a health risk to humans and pets. Females from some varieties of gnats feed on blood and will bite in order to get a blood meal. These bites can transmit parasites and pathogens. The risks associated with an infestation can be avoided by keeping one’s home clean and dehumidified. If prevention fails, a pest control professional has the expertise and resources to quickly and effectively resolve the problem.