Black Flies and Mosquitoes

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.

  1.  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).
  2. Use bug spray with DEET sparingly–  I use it only on the back of my neck and hands.
  3. When hiking, keep moving, try not to retrace your steps (they will be waiting for you), and always go first.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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