Clouds of flies make life miserable for Lake Winnebago residents

LAKE WINNEBAGO, WI (KTRE/ABC) - They're here!  Well, not here in East Texas, but they are covering everything in and around Lake Winnebago.

"It's just like a blizzard of bugs.  But as long as you stay clear of them.  Just stay inside," observed Mary Jo Motl, on a recent visit to Lake Winnebago.

East Texans think the annual infiltration of love bugs is irritating.  Consider swarms of flies, traveling in huge clouds, covering everything in their path.

Local Oshkosh resident, Richard Breaker offers this advice, "You get used to it.  You mow your lawn quickly.  You don't dawdle.  You get in and out of your car quickly.  You got get your mail quickly."

Northeast Wisconsin residents are going through their annual invasion of the lake flies.  Only this year the seasonal pests have hatched two weeks ahead of schedule, thanks to the unseasonably warm weather in March.

It's not a pretty sight, nor is it a pleasant experience.  It's just something the lake area residents seem to have gotten used to by adjusting their lives when the flies hatch.

Longtime residents say this year has been worse than most because the lake flies are expanding their territory and hatching in new areas. "Yesterday, there were just clouds of lake flies like I haven't seen since 25-30-years ago," Breaker said.

The flies don't bite, but they are annoying.  Most residents have just learned to deal with them.

The life span of lake flies is 10 to 14 days, but the Department of Natural Resources say they've seen more larvae in Lake Winnebago and that could mean a second wave in a couple of weeks.

"They said rain, sleet or snow.  Nobody said anything about lake flies," a postal worker said.

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