Introduction:They are the persistent pests that all but the most softhearted animal lover will kill without a qualm. And while technically it's still winter, the relatively mild weather reminds us bug season is not far off.
We love the deep woods of NH, VT and ME; but not when the black flies come out, usually June. These suckers resemble small moths and will swarm around you like a cloud as they periodically take their turns trying to bite and consume your blood.
Beware the big green eyes on Crane's, Plum Island and other beaches - and we don't mean jealousy. The greenhead fly, prone to appearing certain times in the summer on the beach packs a fairly painful bite.
Everyone's "favorite" is even bigger, badder and more numerous as you venture deeper into the woods and/or stay out past sunset. If they're not biting, you can count on them to be annoying by buzzing around your ears or face. Like the other creepy crawlers in this list, they can carry serious disease.
They're bugs, but not insects. Like spiders and horseshoe crabs, ticks are arachnids. Appearing first as small brown dots, they attach themselves and become bigger as they get bloated with blood. They usually come from brushing against tall grass or underbrush.
Few things will elicit quite such a horrified reaction as to come of of a forest pond only to find a snakelike leech attached to your body. Ironically, the little suckers (technically, segmented worms) have been and continue to be used in medicine for thousands of years.
Sounds like I should be happy that I haven't traveled there. Thank you for the warnings.
I know these on your list since I have traveled New England extensively.h5
nice list of annoying new england bugs.
Having vacationed many times in New Hampshire, I can vouch for the veracity of this list. I once emerged from a pond sporting a leech the size of New Jersey!
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