Biting black flies that crawl in nose, mouth, and eyes swarm in EBR Parish

Biting black flies that crawl in nose, mouth, and eyes swarm in EBR Parish
These tiny flies are daytime biters particularly in late morning. Spraying adults is not an effective control strategy. Not only do the females bite, but they try to crawl in your ears, nose and eyes. (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Louisianans are dodging the bite of black flies known to try to crawl into their target’s ears, nostrils, or eyes, and leave long-lasting lesions on the skin.

East Baton Rouge Parish pest officials say residents should be prepared to wear long sleeves and protective clothing outdoors, and carry repellant.

Insecticides don’t help kill off populations, so little can be done to break up swarms, officials said.

The flies, also called “buffalo gnats” and “turkey gnats,” will likely be around until temperatures consistently stay upward of 80 degrees.

Research from Purdue University says no evidence has proven black flies can transmit diseases to humans.

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