Midges haven't died off yet

David Blake
June 19, 2019 - 1:54 pm

Billions of insects called midges are still giving headaches to Causeway commuters. Some blame the big bug swarm invasion on the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway. 

Days ago, we were told the life span of a midge is about five days: they mate, and then they die. However, vehicles are still covered with the gooey mess from the splattered bugs and Causeway officers are carrying extra water so they can at least help clear some windshields.

Nick DeLisi, Entomologist for the St. Tammany Mosquito Abatement, is trying to look at the positive side.

"Remember, they're a nuisance and as annoying as they might be, unlike a mosquito, they are not biting on us. They're not spreading any diseases,'' Delisi said.

The mosquito look-alikes, sometimes called "blind mosquitoes," are still covering vehicles, and although experts aren't really sure about the cause, the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway could be a factor.

As for the bad smell associated with the bugs, "whatever it is that they are eating, they're probably are smelling a lot like that," said Delisi. "So I imagine they are smelling a little like the lakefront maybe not to pleasant all the time."

He hopes they will be gone soon, but new batches keep turning up. 

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