Mosquito activity still quiet, black flies already biting in parts of the metro

May 27, 2019 06:06 PM

This wet, cold weather plays a role in when and where pesky bugs like mosquities and black flies make their appearance in the Twin Cities.

Mike McLean with the Metropolitian Mosquito Control says black flies or gnats are already out and biting in certain spots around the metro. He says the northern areas of the metro have already been treated, but areas along the Minnesota River are more difficult to treat because the water levels have been high all spring.


"Carver, Chanhassen, Eden Prairie, Bloomington, all those cities along the river ... that can be a problem when the water gets high. It really needs to subside before we can get out there and get treatments," said McLean.

Thankfully the black flies are the only pest that seem to be biting, right now. The mosquitoes are delayed compared to last year because of the cold temperatures. McLean says that's given them valuable extra time to treat about 35,000 acres for mosquitoes across the metro so far.

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