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Old 05-12-2012, 11:24 AM
 
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Default What are these little bugs?

What are these little flying bugs?

They are smaller than a fly but have wings like a fly.
And bigger than a gnat but seem to swarm like gnats.

I'll try and get a picture of one if I can.

Does anyone know what I'm talking about?

Thanks,

Leisa
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Old 05-12-2012, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Barrington, NH!
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Black flies?
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Old 05-12-2012, 02:01 PM
 
Location: The Lakes Region
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What are these little flying bugs?

They are smaller than a fly but have wings like a fly.
And bigger than a gnat but seem to swarm like gnats.

I'll try and get a picture of one if I can.

Does anyone know what I'm talking about?

Thanks,

Leisa
If they bite you and leave big red welts, they are definitely Black Flies. In the south they are called Midges.
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Old 05-12-2012, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Goffstown, NH
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If they bite you and leave big red welts, they are definitely Black Flies. In the south they are called Midges.
And they are horrible this time of year!
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:57 PM
 
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I heard Patackaway is one of the worst around May/June? And the mosquitoes here are brutal!!! Never been bitten by an ordinary mosquito that leave very itchy welts for days...one lasted over a week it drove me nuts!
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:11 AM
 
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Thanks. When I look at the picture I took, it does look like a fly but is smaller than a regular fly?!

I can't figure out how to insert the picture on here.

Thanks
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:14 AM
 
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may flies?

"If they bite you and leave big red welts, they are definitely Black Flies. In the south they are called Midges."

we have midges as well - black flies are bigger. Midges can fit through the screens on the windows - we call 'em 'no-see-ums'.


Are you being bitten? There are a variety of flies about and some do bite - hard. They are smaller than a horsefly - which also bite hard. Deerflies are abundant and bite too.
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:30 AM
 
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Thanks. My husband woke up two mornings in a row with red welts but he used hydrocortisone cream and they went away but came back next day - we were thinking he had an allergic reaction to something.

These are pesty, like flies and gnats. I don't think any have bitten me- just you can't walk outside without them getting in your face and hair.

We live on a lake (Baxter) so I was concerned about mosquitoes too.

Still looking for somewhere else to live but for now we're here!

Thanks
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:02 PM
 
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Some people are much more dramatically affected by black flies than others. For example- if I'm bit but can ignore it for 30 minutes...it's gone. Others get a big welt.

May flies on the other hand are harmless. Perhaps check wikipedia...it usually has pictures as well. There are numerous other harmless flies in the area as well.
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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Sounds like May flies (aka: black flies) to me. They will SWARM your face and drive you crazy, and will sometimes draw blood when they bite (other times they just seem to swarm and not bite...) Anyway, the good news is that by the first week of June, they are for the most part gone.

The concern with mosquitoes isn't so much now, early in the season. It's later on, when they start carrying disease, like EEE and West Nile Virus. It's pretty important to wear your bug spray in from late August through the killing frost whenever you're outside in southern NH at dawn/dusk

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Thanks. My husband woke up two mornings in a row with red welts but he used hydrocortisone cream and they went away but came back next day - we were thinking he had an allergic reaction to something.

These are pesty, like flies and gnats. I don't think any have bitten me- just you can't walk outside without them getting in your face and hair.

We live on a lake (Baxter) so I was concerned about mosquitoes too.

Still looking for somewhere else to live but for now we're here!

Thanks
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