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Midge Population Descends Upon Lakeshore Areas

Residents who live within several kilometres of the shore of Lake Ontario are familiar with the springtime surge of the small, swarming insects who cover houses and cars. These non-biting insects are known by many names throughout Ontario, including midges, shad flies, and lake flies. While they can be a nuisance to humans, midges are harmless to people and pets, and are a boon to local birds and bats who feed on them in huge quantities.

The midge population is greatly reduced each summer by the arrival of hot weather. In the meantime, residents should be aware that Loyalist Township does not spray for insects or larvae of any kind.