I just have a question concerning gnats. Can gnats cause any kind of infection?
The easy answer to your question is “no, not directly”. But many insects can serve as “vectors” or carriers of disease. This is why people and societies aren’t more tolerant of insects in general; they can serve as a powerful vector spreading disease rapidly and effectively throughout communities. There is no doubt pests like mosquitoes, fleas and roaches are both effective carriers and transmitters of disease. Filth flies fall into this category since they like to land on anything nasty. In fact, the more nasty it is the more they like it! And the wide range of gnats active around the world include several species which like to nest or rest in some nasty environments too. If they were to land in such an area and immediately thereafter land on someone all kinds of “bad things” could be transmitted or effectively placed on a person that could indirectly lead to an infection of some sort.
So to answer your question more thoroughly, yes, indirectly, gnats can cause infection. Is this reason for concern or worry? Probably not. But if you are experiencing large quantities of gnats in confined areas where they have access to some nasty environments, I would either remove myself from the location or start administering some of the treatments we have listed in our GNAT CONTROL article. If you have further questions or concerns, please give us a call on our toll free 1-800-877-7290.
PRISCILLA RIPLEY says
About a year ago I was bitten by what I believe was a gnat in a few areas. One area was on the neck. Ever since then I have had a swollen gland on that side of the neck. Could the bite becausing this?
@PRISCILLA RIPLEY: In general this is not something that would normally happen following a gnat bite. At this time it would be best if you got a medical opinion on the swollen gland immediately. The Dr. should be able to identify what’s wrong as well as might be causing the problem.