View Full Version : BLACKFLIES in New England

05-09-2015, 14:34
I understand this is Blackfly season in new england. How are the Blackflies now that the weather is warmer in CT and MA??

Just Tom
05-09-2015, 14:57
Black flies aren't really an issue here in CT.

05-10-2015, 05:06
They have not started in the Wilderness, I was out there Friday and had no trouble at all. It's been warm and dry.

05-10-2015, 07:27
They have showed up here in central Maine but not too bad yet.

Another Kevin
05-10-2015, 10:33
They're out in upstate NY - I got a couple of bites this past week - so I would imagine that MA and VT are the same. Most years, they're at their worst from now to about Fathers' Day.

Water Rat
05-10-2015, 10:37
Tadpole mentions blackflies in his post from May 8th. http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?id=493636 He was hiking from Ten Mile River Shelter to Silverhill Campsite.

Personally, I have been noticing them showing up a few more each day. Definitely not bad yet, but the snow did just leave. I tried asking one how it was doing. It told me it would answer my question over lunch. Needless to say, I declined the offer.

Just Tom
05-10-2015, 13:25
Huh, I was out last weekend and we had zero issues with them. Only a little north of where Tadpole was too.

05-10-2015, 13:39
Up in central Maine right now, just north of Bangor - no issues yet.

05-10-2015, 15:17
Nimbus, it is now mothers day and the black flies are just waking up. Wait a month at least if you don't wanna deal with them.

05-10-2015, 17:09
I was out at various locations and altitudes in Mass on Sat. They are here and there, and not particularly in a biting mood. It was quite tolerable, if a little annoying. It's been pretty dry this spring, so that may be reducing the numbers. Still plenty of time yet.