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Headed this way?

June 26, 2012 - John D'Agostino
Look up in the sky!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Or just maybe — a batch of mayflies?

According to an article in last week's Wall Street Journal, Grosse Point, Mich., has been under siege with the critters. Known more as "fish flies" in this Michigan city, the bugs normally make an appearance in Western New York between now and early July.

If their visit here is anything like it is in Michigan, it could be a mess. The amount of the insects is so great this year, city workers are using leaf blowers to pick up the mounds of flies that have appeared recently on sidewalks. "Sometimes the fish flies are so thick, it's like you are sliding on ice," Stephen Morris, a Grosse Point resident, told the Journal.

The large amounts of flies not only created a bit of a hazard in the city, but also were not tasty for those who had them land in their mouth. "I spent the next five minutes rinsing my mouth with multiple beverages," a golfer said.


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