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Colbert mom says son bit by black flies despite precautions

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COLBERT, Wash. -

We've hit that period in the year where bugs can really be a problem. The black flies are definitely back and they're biting.

Tips to avoid being bit include avoiding areas where the bugs are popular, wearing long sleeves and pants, wearing clothing that is light colored as well as utilizing bug spray. Sara Bunke has taking these precautions but the flies are still eating up her son.

He came home from daycare on Thursday and his mother found he had been bit three times by black flies. Yesterday, when he came in from playing in some dirt outside he had seven more black fly bites on the back of his neck. He was wearing bug spray and a hat at the time.

Everything she has read about the insect indicates they are most active around the water. But when her son was bit he wasn't anywhere close to the water. She recommends parents keep an eye on their kids when they're playing outside to check that there aren't any bites on their necks.

If you do receive a bite, to treat the swelling, ice in fifteen minute intervals. You should clean the bite with soap and water to help prevent infection. To treat the itch apply cortisone cream. 

For more information about black flies, click here: https://srhd.org/news/2018/simple-precautions-to-avoid-black-fly-bites

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