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    2019 Black Fly Season

    Was there a forecast and has anyone seen any yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Remix View Post
    Was there a forecast and has anyone seen any yet?
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    I saw my first black flies in a Webster, NH a couple of weeks ago. Very early.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dingo View Post
    I saw my first black flies in a Webster, NH a couple of weeks ago. Very early.
    Same here down in the Manchester area. Havenít seen them since though.

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    They were omnipresent yesterday at Miller State Park. Not really biting just yet, but definitely violating personal space.

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    They come to visit on Mothers Day and leave by Fathers Day. Some years they tend to head up to the summits. There were few years where they were significant on Pres Traverse weekend on the ridgelin.

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    They've been flitting for about a week in the Helderbergs outside of Albany, NY for a week. Same in the Catskills. The males, the ones that bite, should be out shortly.
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    They're around here in the Concord/Bow area of NH. Have been for about a week. Annoying. Biting. :O
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    Saw them yesterday at the base of Mt. Monadnock. Annoying at this stage but gaining force!
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    Out in southern NH yesterday and they were hungry.

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    At least the black flies let you know they are out for blood, ticks on the other hand give no warning and the consequences are potentially far worse.

    I sprayed three pairs of zip off pants and the pants I use for cutting wood this weekend with permethrin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peakbagger View Post
    At least the black flies let you know they are out for blood, ticks on the other hand give no warning and the consequences are potentially far worse.
    I already got nailed by tick #1 a couple weeks ago here in Warner, and a deer tick, no less. Fortunately I got it in time, but now every little itch and hair movement is a potential tick.

    Oh, and black flies came out in force as of yesterday here.

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    Black Flies were out and starting to bite in Randolph on Sunday. I was running the chain saw which seemed to keep them at bay.

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    I've spent past 4 weeks hiking in the Catskills and this was the first weekend I'd say they were a factor, biting etc,. People on the Catskills Facebook group made it sound like bugs and mud were a nightmare out there right now. Not sure if I've just been lucky or chosen the less buggy areas but the hiking out there has been pretty fantastic and mud is quite manageable, unlike the Adirondacks or Whites.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peakbagger View Post
    Black Flies were out and starting to bite in Randolph on Sunday. I was running the chain saw which seemed to keep them at bay.
    There were just starting to come out in Tamworth on the 14th and 15th (~525' elevation). My electric chainsaw didn't appear to deter them much.
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