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|Attack of the buffalo gnats|
Have you been outside in recent weeks? Have you noticed insect bites with a little more pop than the average mosquito bite?
The culprit -- the buffalo gnat.
County agent Glen Daniels said the parish Extension office has been inundated with calls about the pesky pest.
Daniels said complaints have been coming in from all over the parish with reports of problems with livestock and reactions in humans, especially children.
"The cooler wet weather has brought them in here," said Daniels. "The good news is that with warmer temperatures they should dissipate."
The small flies are usually dark colored with short legs and broad wings and have a humped back appearance. The females are blood suckers and have a vicious bite that can cause rashes or lesions.
In some cases, they have been reported to cause severe allergic reactions with swelling, itching, and possibly bleeding and disruption of normal activities.
Daniels said the best defense is to use a fogger is you plan on being outdoors, use insect repellent and to reapply repeatedly. He recommends using a product with Deet (diethyltoluamide) and to use a product with a lower Deet level in small children.
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