Yes, the bugs have been bad this Spring–early Summer.
My wife marvels at the fact that I seldom get a bug bite. I think it is because I follow a fairly simple (but rigid) regime when it comes to bug management. If you follow these steps, you can survive bug season in the Adirondacks.
- Wear lightweight long-sleeve shirts and pants. Wear an insect-shield treated Buff on your head (I wear a Buff almost year round– for bugs, camo during hunting, warmth in Winter).
- Use bug spray with DEET sparingly– I use it only on the back of my neck and hands.
- When hiking, keep moving, try not to retrace your steps (they will be waiting for you), and always go first.
- Be accompanied by someone sweeter than you. I recommend your spouse, significant other, or a grandchild. (regarding grandchildren– good luck with #3 above). I call this the bug-magnet approach.
- If the bugs are really bad, use Permethrin Spray and treat your clothes (this is also great for tick management).
I spend significant time outdoors, year-round. I try not to let the weather, bugs or whatever interfere with my joy in being in the woods, on the water and in the mountains.