Current Bug Reports – June 2016

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.

Current Bug Reports – June 2015

It’s June 13 at 7:10 AM and I was out looking at a canoe that I’m repairing for a private customer who had a tree try to destroy it.  I have the canoe suspended using c-clamps, rope and a board and then about 100 lbs of rock sitting on the deep crinkles while I impatiently wait for all the global warming we’re supposed to be having as was predicted in 2008.  I need sun, preferably hot sun, to help reform the hull from a discarded candy wrapper made out of kevlar and epoxy resin back into it’s closer shape of a Souris River Quetico 18.5.  Yesterday, it hit a temperate 77 degrees F.  Today is more of the same.

What I did notice is the lack of morning bugs.  No mosquitoes to speak of and also no sand flies (local-ese for black flies) and no noseeums.  Last week, the noseeums were out like crazy but they seem to have passed through.  Two guys came in from a canoe trip of 6 days and five nights and they said they never even used insect repellent for their entire Boundary Waters canoe trip.  In the evening, you  see a few mosquitoes but definitely nothing to write home about.  I did have my first deer fly bite last week which was really early and I killed him.  Haven’t seen another deer fly since.  Also, we have a large crop of dragon flies hatch really early this season.  They eat bugs that eat humans for sport, plus they are very interesting bugs to have around.

To sum up – bugs are a majorly minor issue this season.  Plus, the weather is too nice.  75 F by day and 48 F by night.  We’re having a repeat of last summer with less bugs.  Darn….