Runner's of Umstead Park Beware
Yes, it will soon be that time of year when Umstead park is turned into a giant bloodletting.
I ran a 10 Miler in Umstead on Easter Sunday and noticed a massive increase in the number of insects. Pollen season is quickly followed by Horse & Deer fly hell in our Beloved Umstead Park. And Unfortunately, even Ryan Hall would have a difficult time out running these pests.
Here are some Fun Facts about your the Enemy:
The horsefly's modus operandi is less secretive than that of its mosquito counterparts, although it still aims to escape before their victim becomes conscious of the pain signals. Moreover, the pain of a horsefly bite may mean that the victim is more concerned with assessing the wound, and not swatting the interloper. In any case defense is difficult, considering the agile nature of the fly. The bites may become itchy, sometimes causing a large swelling afterward if not treated quickly.
PROTECTING YOURSELFDeer flies are usually active for specific periods of time during the summer. When outside, repellents such as Deet and Off (N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) can provide several hours of protection.
Permethrin-based repellents are for application to clothing only but typically provide a longer period of protection. Repellents can prevent flies from landing or cause them to leave before feeding but the factors that attract them (movement, carbon dioxide, two things that come hand in hand with running) are still present. These flies will continue to swarm around even after a treatment is applied.
Light colored clothing and protective mesh outdoor wear may be of some value in reducing annoyance from biting flies. In extreme cases, hats with mesh face and neck veils and neckerchiefs may add some protection.
Remember . . .
|The Only Good Bug is a Dead Bug!|