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What’s the deal with all of the tiny gnats in east Lawrence?

There a few reasons why there might be an increase in the number of gnats in east Lawrence, according to Jennifer Smith, Douglas County horticulture extension agent. She says gnats need moisture to reproduce, so the extra rain Lawrence has had recently might contribute to a population explosion. The gnats might also be confused with hackberry psyllids, which are tiny aphid-like insects that hatch from hackberry trees in late September. There’s nothing anyone can do to get rid of them. “They’re just a nuisance,” Smith said. “They’ll go away once there’s freezing temperatures."


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