Easy Ways To Avoid Black Fly Bites! - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Easy Ways To Avoid Black Fly Bites!

SPOKANE, Wash. – The flies are back! Today Spokane Regional Health District told KHQ that they've started hearing reports of the little pests returning to the Inland Northwest, and have uptick in the number of calls pertaining to biting flies, possibly black flies, and is urging people to reduce their chances of being bitten.

The Spokane Regional Health District says you can take these simple steps to avoid getting bitten:

  • Avoid areas where black flies are active during the day, especially at dusk and dawn.
  • Wear light-colored long pants and long sleeves, especially whites and tans. Also wear a light colored hat.
  • Consider using insect repellant to reduce your chance of being bitten.
  • If you are bitten, clean the bite and apply topical products to reduce itching. Avoid scratching to reduce chances of infection.

These flies are typically dark in color and some species are also referred to as ‘punkies' or ‘no-see-um's'. On people, they crawl into sleeves, under neckbands, around boot tops and other vulnerable places, especially favoring the head just beneath the rim of a hat. Bites can cause swelling and numb soreness for many days.  

Again, although black flies are a nuisance, they do not transmit disease, and therefore are not considered a public health risk. More information can be found at www.srhd.org. SRHD's website offers comprehensive, updated information about Spokane Regional Health District and its triumphs in making Spokane a safer and healthier community.

 

More information can also be found by visiting: www.lawestvector.org

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