Check Out The Maine Black Fly Season Survival Guide From Down East Magazine
Man, it is so on. Black Fly season is in full swing and it's dangerous out there! According to Down East Magazine's Survival Guide to Black Fly Season, everything about you is attractive to a black fly; the way you exhale carbon dioxide, your body heat and those dark clothes you wear. Some of you just have a certain je ne sais quoi, an indefinable quality that just makes you delicious to black flies.
The physical act of what happens when a black fly bites you is too gruesome to go into here, read the article of you want to have nightmares tonight.
I an effort to find a silver lining, Down East Magazine does point out a few positives:
- Black flies are a sign of good water quality
- Unlike their nasty cousins the tick, they don't carry disease
- They are a terrific meal for fish, birds and bats
Avoid these vicious little beasties by covering your skin, avoiding the woods on cloudy days and dousing yourself in DEET flavored insect repellent.