Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Black Flies

The black flies are out.  It is without a doubt springtime in NH.  Black fly season was thought to run between Mother's Day in May and Father's Day in June -- but that is just a guideline.  Someone give the memo to the black flies, please.
The black fly, to those not familiar with these dastardly devils are tiny annoying flies that love to get underneath loose clothing, in your eyes and in your mouth.  They leave "bites" that cause some people to swell and itch for weeks on end.  For those lucky enough NOT to be allergic to them, they are a nuisance to a beautiful day.
They are attracted to dark clothing (or so goes the rumors).  Only the females of the species "bite".
NH has 40 species of black flies, with only five species bothering humans.  (How is that for good news?)
Black flies are most active between 9:00 and 11:00 am and then again from 4:00 - 7:00 pm (prime high school tennis time). They prefer sunless, humid days for biting.
Mosquito repellents are also used to repel black flies, but must be applied more often and can not be used on infants.
Hats with nets are commonly used in spring, as are zippered shirts, trousers tucked into socks and long sleeve shirts.

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