Today’s Bug Report
While working in and out for much of the day, I killed one sand fly (black fly is the proper term) and saw 4 mosquitos of which I killed two. That means that there are two mosquitos most likely lying in wait preparing to ambush tomorrow’s guests when the arrive.
What should you the visitor to Ely, MN take away from this current bug report? If you can count the bugs, they’re not much of a threat. Now, a few days ago, there were 552,347 sand flies out when I was working on my lawn tractor and shooting the bull with guest and friend Mike Perlich from Indiana. Of those we killed 63 and they in turn drew a short pint of Mike’s blood. On me, not so much because I had a very specific and effective bug spray on that is designed for repelling biting flies. It’s not N-n-diethlymetatoulimide (DEET) which serves as a masking agent for mosquitoes specifically. The stuff we sell has two fly repellents that actually repel flies. Do you know how we confirm that bugs are low? We’re not selling this specific bug dope by the wheel barrow load . We are the only place in Ely selling it and we do have an army of regulars who buy a bunch when the bugs a biting . Now, either everyone is selling it (not) or the bugs aren’t really wicked. The dope sales tell a lot. Bug dope.
Noseeums- nah…mosquitos- couple…black flies (sand flies)-few and variable. On the water-no bugs. Ankle biting flies and deer flies aren’t here yet. That’s in July.
Don’t worry about the bugs. Not that big of a deal right now. Maybe tomorrow they’ll help us walk, but I doubt it.
The fish are biting out on Jasper, loons are calling, the birds are signing. Come up an visit us.