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Black Flies Not Coming To Maine This Year...Cold Spring Snaps Them Dead In Tracks.

Maine mosquito

Yeah Right.  The little black varmits may be more determined than ever to drain you a pint or maybe the snow this past week will mess up the water pools where they breed and get ready to attack those out door BBQ's.

Seriously, for about two weeks in late May, the black flies and state bird, the mosquito, come into action quickly and then after those two weeks things settle down.  The birds that eat them get into gear to do just that. 

Plus the life expectancy of a Maine black fly is about a day! Fish harvest the bugs too.  In the open areas, not bad for this transition period but in the deep deep woods, you better keep moving. 

They can drive some animals crazy and many car accidents in Northern Maine happen during hunting season, mating season or bug season.  All the above get the animal population riled up and moving out on to the highways and byways of Maine!

If buying Maine land, something with a little elevation and breeze will keep them down wind...but too good a view and elevation and hey..where are my roof shingles going in December (whiz whiz)? 

There is a happy medium.  Actually with mosquito's my research shows the males don't take blood and nibble instead on plant nectar. The females  blood feed to obtain a protein source for their eggs. 

Every Maine real estate agent, broker is asked often in the spring...How are the black flies?  If a broker says, no problem, no black flies or bugs in his/her part of Maine he is fibbing. Or next to something with drums and skull / cross bones that also with further research shows he/she does not have birds, bees or any other wildlife now that you mention it!

The bugs, black flies exist but not half as bad as the Maine humorists and fly repellent people would lead you to believe.

  If you search the internet often the problem is blown way way out of proportion. And then the kicker is the site brings up a new super duper eighteen letter product that knocks them six ways into next sunday.  These articles and products create a need that a bottle of Avon's skin so soft will cure anyway!

Some folks are just sweeter or more aromatic or magnetic or something...some folks are bug magnets. 

The population sector that gets it the worst?  Little kids playing while black flies dive bomb for the tender spots on the back of their neck under their hair while parents realize later at tub time that night "Oh Oh..." the first time out with the new born.  Once is all it takes to maine real estate broker, mooers realty, houlton maine 04730fortify for the next trip outdoor. Visit for lots more on the pesky subject. Follow our MeInMaine Blog. Search, Browse Maine Real Estate Listings.

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Comment balloon 2 commentsAndrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 • May 19 2007 03:25PM


Ugggghhhhh! ! ! ! !

Those dang black flies drove me off the Ute River in Colorado a while back.  Ate me alive from the knees down below my rolled up jeans. 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 13 years ago
Black Flies...A Local Sport To Avoid Them Lenn.
Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 13 years ago

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