Black Fly Fever - Something we never want to go through again!
Despite the fact that we have been traveling to and spent a tremendous amount of time in the Adirondacks (my parents live there and we own land and are building a homestead there), I had NEVER heard of nor had I experienced Black Fly Fever.
Yes, I had heard of black flies, but not about their bites or how awful they are!
Being a teacher, I had never had the opportunity to be there for any extended amount of time from late spring to early summer because, well, I was teaching!
But this year, thanks to COVID 19, I was teaching online and I was able to do that from the Adirondacks. That also meant we were there for black fly season. And not only were we there, we were outside blazing new ATV trails through the woods. And that is when it happened, though we didn't know it until the next day.
That's what happens with the black fly bites. Not only are they so small you don't see them, you also don't feel the bites. Until the next day that is. And by then, well, it is too late to do much but take care of them.
And that is how we ended up with black fly fever. We had so many bites, which swell up and get a sort of pimple in the middle, that our bodies couldn't fight them. Our glands swelled, we had headaches, and we basically felt like total crap. That lasted about a week.
Yes, that's right, a WEEK! And we are never going to let that happen to us again because it was AWFUL!
I'm sharing information so YOU and YOURS can avoid having to deal with this but still have fun in the Adirondacks!
What is black fly fever?
Season is from May to early July
Active Times & Locations:
WHAT WE DO to AVOID BLACK FLY BITES AND BLACK FLY FEVER:
*How WE Treat Black Fly Bites:
Watch this video where we share how we avoid black fly bites while still enjoying our time outdoors clearing another ATV trail!
So now that you know what black flies are and how you can get black fly fever, you can make the most of your outdoor experience in the Adirondacks! Check out other bugs in the Adirondacks and how we deter them here: https://www.creatingasimplerlife.com/adirondack-insects.html
Hi there! I'm Kathie, the author behind Creating A Simpler Life blog. I'm excited to share our longterm projects (and planning) toward building our future retirement homestead in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. In the meantime I will be sharing all the other little things we do that are part of creating our simpler life!