A seasonal pest: Yellow flies torment nature trail visitors

Khorri Newton

Within the past two or three weeks, outdoor adventurers, runners and trail-lovers alike have been tormented by more than just mosquitoes and the hot Florida sun. While trying to enjoy a nice day out on the trails around campus, many people have reported being attacked by large swarms of yellow flies.

Khorri Newton
The Nature Trails on campus.

The bites from these small flies can be extremely painful, and when they are agitated they can become a relentless, aggressive swarm.

According to the staff at Eco Adventure, yellow flies start to come out full force around late spring or early summer after an increase in rainfall. The recent increase of these flies on the trails has occurred for this very reason: because of perfect living conditions for them to thrive in. However, past trail trends indicate these swarming pests should die off within the next couple of weeks.

“They should be around but it won’t be nearly as bad as it is right now,” Environmental Education Ranger Justin Hites said.

In order to avoid getting attacked by these yellow flies, the Eco Adventure staff advises trail visitors to stay away from Buckhead Branch Swamp and other wet areas of the trails, as the flies are most prevalent in these areas from morning till around 3:00 p.m.

Additionally, trail-goers may want to don insect repellent paired with brightly colored clothing in defense against future yellow fly attacks. Although there have been multiple reports of these yellow fly attacks, there are still large areas of the trails where trail-lovers and outdoor adventurers can enjoy nature without having to worry about getting their day ruined by these small insects.

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