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Black Flies INVADE Spokane, Join In On The LIVE Facebook Chat

KHQ.COM - Black flies are in full attack mode! School districts are getting lots of calls. How is your child's district handling the flies? Are you concerned? Join in on the LIVE facebook and tell us about it. >>>Click to join in on the LIVE Facebook chat

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Jennifer Loiselle are you sure they are not horse flies or deer flies?

Jim Hendricks My kids have bite! They go to orchard prairie up by bigelow gulch rd.

Elyshae Mathews GARLIC and lemon juice! My mom uses it to fight against any bug. even nasty gnats. Works great. It will keep those bugs away.

Janelle Wing Mcmichael Yes Shannon Lear.. It is happening here in Spokane! But I havent heard anything about it with my sons school! He is in the West Valley school district..

Diane Lukas does anybody know what to do once your kids have bites? what to put on them?

Shannon Lear elyshae do u mix that in a spray bottle or what ????

Amber Lynne Smith Central Valley Schools sent home this note: There have been a lot of reports this morning (June 7) of children coming to the healthrooms in our schools with what appears to be insect bites at the edge of their hairline in the back. I got ...bit this morning when out watering plants too so I know first hand about th experience. What is causing these bites can be called a number of different names- Black Flies, Buffalo gnats, biting gnats, or just simply gnats. There is no disease transmision by them. The biggest problem is that they inject an anticoagulant into you when they bite so the bites tend to be bloody. The warm temperatures over this past weekend after all the rain were perfect conditions for them to hatch and be there in quantities that we are seeing rght now. They are wort in the early mornings and the evenings. I guess the main message here is that we have had excellent breeding condtions for them but there isn't anything we need to do differently than with any other bug bites but to make sure we use universal precautions when we clean up the bloody bites.

Andrea Mochel Took my daughter to the dr yesterday for all her bites and they said to put topical Benedryl anti itch on the bites to keep her from scratching, which could cause a secondary infection.

Paulette Oots-Robbins Flies on steroids? Maybe they are fruit flies coming in on the shipment of food to the cafeteria......

Arah Erickson Kunz We are in west valley school district. They sent a paper home about it yesterday and gave ways of keeping them away. I guess citronella oil and eucalyptus oil around your yard will help. Also keeping your kids inside around sunset.

Tabby Leah they are here in post falls too , no bites on my kids yet but I did get one UGH , khq featured a family here last night that the son was bit up pretty bad on his neck :( what I wanna know is , what about our dogs and horses ? or do they just attack human skin?

Elyshae Mathews Shannon, yes you can put it in a spray bottle or even mix it in a cup and apply by hand. The recipe is garlic, Lemon juice, aloe, and Crisco shortening. She doesn't remember the exact measurements but these are the ingredients. Not the best smelling but works like a dream.

Jennifer Hamlin These flies are very typical this time of year on the east coast. They are horrible and will chew your skin tell they reach the blood they are looking for. Some good hot weather or a good wind storm will get rid of them!

Janet Bruscoe Tabby yes they can get your animals too.. they got me bad.... Neck shoulder and hairline behind ear ....lil suckers hurt and they bleed and swell and itch like OMG! You cant feel the bite but the after effect is horrible!

Tabby Leah Yeah Janet Bruscoe i got mine on the hairline back of neck 2 days ago and it is swollen like a misqito (sp) bite today and ICHY , WITCH HAZEL kills the ich pretty well and the swelling :) think im gonna try that garlic and half the kitchen thing lol sounds like it will keep the family away too :)~ lol

Janice Beecher Black flies (gnats) occur just about everywhere. They get my horses at the dock of their tails, where they can't reach. And, you don't feel them land or bite. I quite often just put on an non-DEET insect spray before going outside at dusk or later.

Nadine Hall HAVENT SEEN ANY YET....BUT THEN AGAIN NOT SPENDING TO MUCH TIME OUTSIDE...BURRRRRRR

Shannon Hall I was bit on the neck at SCC, I cant stand the itching and its so swollen

Sue Hodges Elyshea what's with garlic and lemon. How / where do you apply. ? On body - in jar. Please would love to know

Leslie Parks-Skinner On the south hill one of our kiddos got bit on the neck, couldnt tell what it was but could defenately see the puncture hole, and bled, man did it bleed!

Jody Hill This is awful that our kids wait all year to play outside and now can't. And at school!? They have enough to worry about. If your child came home from daycare with bloody swollen bites you wouldn't take them back would you?

Holly Atchley Eagle We're in the CV school district and they are horrible. My child has at least 6 around each ear/back of the neck area. For whatever reason they love that area around the hairline. They are horribly itchy, bloody, and can stay inflamed for... quite a while. Campho helps, calamine helps, and the benedryl helps. Neosporin/polysporin too, just in case of infection. Hard to keep them in when soccer/sports has started and it finally starts to warm up - even just a little!

Elyshae Mathews Place it directly on skin or hat (that you don't mind staining). You need to add oil/shortening to the lemon and garlic to help it remain on the skin. Most bugs don't like garlic and lemon. So if placed directly on skin (if you are not allergic) they might land but wont stay or bite. Just apply as you need it. It is nicer to mix it in a jar rather than spray bottle. (clumps after sitting)

Melissa Lynch I got bit about 6 times on my head about three weeks ago, know I know what they were. I just figured mean mosquitos. They are not just biting kids
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