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Old 02-23-2016, 12:21 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous South Florida
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I live in South Florida and every time the temp gets above 75 degrees, these flying insects appear directly outside of my front door. They are about the size of mosquitoes, but with slightly fatter black bodies and less visible wings & legs. The odd thing (to me) is that they hover in the air, barely moving, about 36 inches off the ground. It's so strange that they seriously look like they are suspended mid-air by some invisible string, moving very, very slowly - if at all. They don't land on us or bite. They also don't move when you walk into them, I end up swatting or trying to "blow" them out of my way (if my hands are full). They are usually in groups of 5 - 20. I never see them land on anything or hang out on a surface.

I cannot figure out what could possibly be attracting them. It is a CBS construction house, wood & glass front door, completely in the shade, no plants/shrubs/trees, no grass, no standing water or moisture, no steps, just a brick/paver stone walkway that leads directly to the front door.

What are they? What is attracting them? How can I get rid of them? I can't stand having to walk through them every time I come in and out of the front door. It's especially troubling for my toddler daughter who is only 3 feet tall and gets a face full of bugs every time we come in or out. We have our home sprayed every few months for ghost ants, palmetto bugs, etc but it seems to have no effect on these guys. The only time I don't see them is when the weather is cooler. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated - thank you!
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Old 02-23-2016, 03:54 AM
 
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Sounds like love bugs=
http://disneycruiselineblog.com/wp-c...97_Lovebug.jpg
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Old 02-23-2016, 06:21 AM
 
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No not love bugs. She said they are always there and never land. Love bugs fly together and they can cover the wall.

Not sure what they are but maybe a midge or a robberfly ?
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Old 02-23-2016, 10:04 AM
 
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Picture would be handy..
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Old 02-23-2016, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous South Florida
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Picture would be handy..
I'm going to catch one & post a pic. They do not have red on their heads like the lovebugs. (I was looking at pictures of those - eeeeyuck!) Plus there are not that many of them. I was looking at common insects of Florida on google last night and holy cow! I wouldn't recommend doing that at bedtime
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Old 02-23-2016, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Citrus countyFL
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Almost sounds like a Blind Masquito
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Old 02-23-2016, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee Area of WI
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I'm going to catch one & post a pic. They do not have red on their heads like the lovebugs. (I was looking at pictures of those - eeeeyuck!) Plus there are not that many of them. I was looking at common insects of Florida on google last night and holy cow! I wouldn't recommend doing that at bedtime



BaaaaaaaaHaaaaaaaaa....looking at bugs before bedtime!! Sorry, that made me giggle.
Hope you find out what they are!
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Old 02-23-2016, 08:14 PM
 
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I'm going to catch one & post a pic. They do not have red on their heads like the lovebugs. (I was looking at pictures of those - eeeeyuck!) Plus there are not that many of them. I was looking at common insects of Florida on google last night and holy cow! I wouldn't recommend doing that at bedtime
Right, at bed time you turn off the light and ........................... bug time.
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Old 02-23-2016, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Gorgeous South Florida
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Almost sounds like a Blind Masquito
Thank you for this suggestion! Don't fit the criteria though (near water, attracted to lighted areas at night) Seems that they can get pretty bad here in Florida. These are pics from Silver Lake / Leesburg in 2012. Here's a quote from the news article, “It's terrible. Like big balls of fire running around at night. When the lights are on, you can't breathe. They get in your throat. I'm on oxygen so you have to be careful,”



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Old 02-23-2016, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Gorgeous South Florida
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CindyRoos & ExpatCA- Hahaha...can't imagine why I have trouble sleeping at night!









Hey! Put those down...somewhere far, far away from here...like Texas!
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