Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Flying Bugs

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Hello, I just find out that what I though were fruit flies aren't.  Every time the weather get warmer there is a flying bug outside my front and back yard, that looks a little bit as fruit flies.  They don't bite or nothing but they are a lot of them we can't be outside they are really a pest.. I really can't tell the name.  Is there anyway I can stop them to come back...

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Velez:

Without seeing at least an image of what you are describing (and ideally a specimen), there is no way I can give a responsible answer to your question.

Swarming flies as you describe are frequently associated with water, but you don't tell me where on the planet you live, or whether you are near a water source.

At most it sounds like they are a nuisance, and probably only persist a few days or so.  I really cannot offer any advice without knowing exactly what they are.  Sorry.

Eric

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Eric R. Eaton

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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.

Experience

Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Publications
Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Education/Credentials
Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

Awards and Honors
One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

Past/Present Clients
Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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