Biting Flies Drive People Away from Park Point

Posted at: 06/24/2013 9:54 PM | Updated at: 06/24/2013 10:50 PM
By: Zach Hammer

Although the weather was summer-like in Duluth on Monday, swarms of biting flies were driving some Park Point beach-goers away from the water.
"Usually we're able to stay for hours, we were really only here for 20 minutes," said Khrystin Ockuly as she was leaving the 12th St. Beach. "We couldn't even stand there because they were biting so bad."
WDIO Chief Meteorologist Justin Liles says that this is the time of year that they tend to breed and look for new hunting grounds. Monday's light winds also contributed to the nuisance. 
Black flies also swarm around a persons head because breath contains carbon dioxide, Liles said.
Cindy Hakala, with the Minnesota Lake Superior Beach Monitoring Program, said it was the worse that she had ever seen. But Hakala said in a phone interview that she doesn't believe it was anything out of the ordinary in terms of Lake Superior contaminants or pollutants. 
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