This weekend, we were attacked by Canadian Soldiers--known in the rest of the world as mayflies. These nasty little bugs come out when the lake starts warming up and they swarm for a few days. They are completely harmless. They don't carry diseases. They don't bite. They are indicators of lake health and feed all of the fish in the lake. But they are disgusting.
Mayflies are attracted to light, so they have been swarming around my back door at night when I let the girls out.
The girls fly out of the door when they go out, so usually only a few get in then. Rye, though, takes her sweet time coming back in when I call her and the mayflies took that as an open invitation to come inside. One night, Rye even stood at the bottom of the stairs grabbing mouthfuls of them out of the air while the rest of them made their way inside.
Since mayflies only real job is to reproduce, they have very short lifespans once they reach adulthood. They also need flat surfaces to hang out on, so they spend a lot of time on walls and cars. Our neighborhood also has a lot of spiders--which I'm sure are loving this feast--so my whole yard and car look like props for a haunted house right now.
The worst, though, was the sight I woke up to after a night of Rye insisting she needed to go out several times during the night.
|This is my kitchen ceiling.|
These swarms only last a few days at the beginning of the summer and again in the fall, but it always feels like weeks. We will not be sad to see them start disappearing soon.