Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario
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Re: Bitey flies on Lake Michigan
I just call these devil's ankle-biters. Look a bit like houseflies, but ain't! Will draw blood, leave a nasty itchy welt, and are fast too boot.
They prefer to attack the lower ankles when you're standing around, igoring even bare legs and biting through your socks (assuming you wear socks). So one trick I've found that works wonders is to roll up your socks quite thickly around your lower ankles. Leave a good size patch of sock where they can go, but make it thick. They will bite, but can't get through.
I know it sounds dubious, but try it. It works.
Why go fast, when you can go slow.