Friday, December 08, 2006

Black Fly

After some recent correspondence with CyberBoo7, about their family home on a Canadian lake, I was reminded of my youth on lakes in Quebec. There was Hawk Lake, Dam Lake, and Pickwick Lake. One thing they all had in common in the spring was the black fly. From May until early July the clouds of black flies would envelop anything that exhaled carbon dioxide. You could look from the center of any lake and see clouds of black flies congregated at the docks waiting for their next victim. They seemed to know where their bread was buttered. They wouldn’t congregate anywhere other than the docks or where they knew people would be.

To go out in a boat you had to be prepared to dash, untie, push off and get the motor going as quickly as possible. If your outboard had less horsepower than 5 HP, you would be certain to have a cloud of black flies follow you for at least two-hundred yards. With 5HP or more you could outrun them after a hundred feet.

The only way one could keep from losing all their blood to them was to dress in layers with no opening to the skin. Fly nets were necessary head wear. If they could find open skin they would bite it and leave a welt. I don’t understand how livestock and wild animals can survive this every spring.

Yes, it is nearly winter and the thoughts of insects should be far from anyones mind, but it is so nice to now live in an area where there are no insects that bother humans in the mass that black flies and North woods mosquitoes do in the Canadian and Alaskan wilderness.

Anyway, there was a cute cartoon and a song recently on Free Speech TV that I found again on YouTube. I dedicate this to Barb, Moosehead and Trish who really understand what this is about. This will show you what a pest these black flies really are without exaggeration.

Black Fly


Blogger Boo7 said...

Once awesome post Guy!! Can't tell you how much I enjoyed the video....had me humming, itching and swatting at my skin all at the same time!!! Particularly like the parts where the guy tries to get away from the blackfly by going underwater and into outer space!!!

It also reminded me of alot of Stompin' Tom Connors songs which we heard a great deal of as kids.....especially on long car trips with the family where we would all sing along.....anyone know who Stompin' Tom is???

6:43 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Barb, do you have them where you live as well, or just at the lake house. I've never spent any time in the residential areas in Canada, always in the wilderness. They sure are a pain in the ass, eh?

7:35 AM  
Anonymous Moosehead said...

Flies? What flies?? They are BUZZARDS with an unquenchable thirst for human blood. I just can't figure out what they eat when blood isn't available. Screened decks are a must.

Now as to Stompin' Tom...well...this will be on the immigration test Guy so you better bone up on the lyrics

It's bud the spud from the bright red mud
Goin down the Hiway smiling-
The Spuds are big on the back of Bud's rig
And they're from Prince Edward Island they're from PEI
Now from Charlottetown or from Summerside
They load him down for the big long ride
He jumps in the cab and he's off with the pride Sobagos
He's gotta catch the boat to make Tormentine & he heads up that old New B. line
Through Montreal he comes just a flyin with another big load a badadoes.
Now the OPP don't think mucha Bud...
Yeah the cops a been lookin for the son of a gun
That's been rippin the tar off the 401-
They know the name on the truck shines up in the sun-"Green Gables."
But he hits Toronto and it's 7 O'Clock when he backs er up agin the terminal dock.
And the boys gather round just to hear him talk
About another big load a badadoes!
Now I know a lot of people from east to west
that like the spuds from the island best.
Cause they'll stand up to the hardest test-right on the table.
So when ya see that big truck rollin by-wave yer hand or kinda wink yer eye,
Cause that's Bud the Spud from old PEI, with another big load a badadoes!
slow-because he's got another big load,
of the best dog gone badadoes that's ever been growed
And they're from PEI They're from PEI...

12:00 PM  
Blogger Trish said...

I remember mosquitoes and blackflies being worse in years past up at the lake but they haven't bothered me much recently. I don't know if that is because I' know...getting old and maybe not quite as sweet and tender. It could also be that what was considered Northern Ontario is now just regular Ontario. I have never been north of Sudbury so maybe that's where the flies are now.

Cute video...but it made my skin crawl.


3:46 PM  
Blogger Boo7 said...

LOL they are more like buzzards!!! Guy that video was such a hit....Trish let her youngest listen to it and he thought it was a blast!!!

7:57 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Save the address when May rolls around ; )

Looks like Barb and Moose have me on a new research mission. Kind of busy right no, you'll read about that tomorrow.

7:04 AM  

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