Eye Gnats

eye gnat


Normally found in very low numbers in San Diego County, eye gnats:

  • Are small, shiny black flies approximately 1/16 inch in size
  • Breed in organically rich soil 
  • Feed on the protein in body secretions (mucus, for example) to produce eggs 
  • Can be an annoyance to people and animals



Eye gnats are often confused with fruit flies or fungus gnats:

Fruit Flies

Fungus Gnats

To report an eye gnat problem, contact:

Vector Control Program
(858) 694-2888

Include the following details in your report:

  • Date eye gnats observed
  • Location where eye gnats observed


  (858) 694-2888



Eye Gnat photo © J.L. Castner, University of Florida
Fruit Fly photo by Sanjay Acharya
Fungus Gnat photo by Beatriz Moisset