Biting flies emerge in late May and can hang around all summer. There are many species of biting flies and some of the largest are horse flies and deer flies. Flies in general are a huge order of insects and are well-known for spreading diseases. Biting flies can spread anthrax though you are more likely to acquire a secondary infection due to the size of the bite.
Biting Flies That Hunt You
Biting flies are hunters. They have a variety of ways to find prey. They tend to target larger mammals such as deer, horses, and humans. They look for slow moving grazers and can be a horrible pest to livestock.
They can also track you by the carbon dioxide that you exhale. They are attracted to darker colored clothing and while their eyesight is not perfect, they can see you. They are attracted to movement and once you you’ve been bitten, you will not soon forget them. It is the female flies that bite and they do so because they need the protein in your blood to fuel their reproductive cycle.
Biting flies are nearly immune to pesticides and the best way to deal with them is through specialized baiting traps. They are also very hard to control because they will fly upwards of five miles to find a target to bite.
Where They Live
Biting flies need a moist environment and you often find them near salt marshes, swamps, and in humid environments. They are well-know to be pests at beaches throughout the South. Smaller flies are and black flies are common in the greater Austin area.
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