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DAVENPORT, IA -- As soon as you step outside, you may notice little black bugs swarming around you. Yes, the gnats are back in the Quad Cities area.

Some bug repellant or backyard foggers may help repel the gnats, but many of them aren't affected. The best thing you can do is cover your skin when going outdoors.

Ken Holscher, Associate Professor at Iowa State University's Department of Entomology, says there are two main types of gnats in our region.

Ones that don't bite are called eye gnats. They're called that for a reason, as they like to swarm around your eyes, mouth, and face. Eye gnats breed in the rain and wet climate. When the weather dries, out, eye gnats will start to disappear.

The second type of gnat that most people want to avoid are called black flies. They are sometimes known as buffalo or turkey gnats. These are the ones that bite and can leave you with a painful, itchy and swollen wound.

Holscher says, "That particular gnat is like a mosquito. They're blood eaters, but it's only the females that feed on blood. They'll feed on just about any animal including humans."

He says they feed mostly around the face, wrists and ankles, and they only bite during the daytime.

The good thing is, the biting buffalo gnats only have one generation. This means they will only stick around for about three to four weeks, usually in the month of June and then we will be in the clear.

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