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Old 05-14-2013, 06:45 AM   #61
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Was reading online that PEPPERMINT was a good fly deterrent.
Thinking I make myself some satchels to shove in our pockets, and I'm grabbing us all mini fans. I know that bug spray won't work for flys. But hey maybe if we all wear Peppermint that will help. at least the park will smell minty fresh!
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:15 AM   #62
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Just to add my $0.02 to this, we were there last Saturday afternoon and evening and noticed the flies in Tomorrow Land. Around 5pm we sat down to have a cream-cheese pretzel and were attacked by flies. Didn't bother me too much, but my kids were commenting about the flies landing on their legs under the table.
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:33 AM   #63
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I've been on google trying to find out if this has happened before and I haven't found anything, which I didn't like because that means no precedent, no plan. Couple that with all of the people here who have been way more times than I have saying they've never seen anything like it,

I'm sorry for the people there now. For the people heading in, I hope there's a change. After thinking about crowds and weather, this isn't something I anticipated having to worry about since the love bugs usually leave before June. All I can do is hope they leave soon or Disney figures something out or someone figures something out and informs Disney and the other parks experiencing it. We arrive 5/31. We'll have the individual fans and I have plenty of "Skin So Soft" as I love Avon. Thankfully ds is only 3 and won't care if he smells like a girl for a week.
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:41 AM   #64
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Flies are not going to be your problem this time of year in Florida. It's the LOVE BUGS. In Florida around now love bugs are everywhere. They don't bite or anything but they are very annoying. Good luck and try not to let it bother you.
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:44 AM   #65
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Flies are not going to be your problem this time of year in Florida. It's the LOVE BUGS. In Florida around now love bugs are everywhere. They don't bite or anything but they are very annoying. Good luck and try not to let it bother you.
There have already been numerous people explaining that yes, the love bugs were out in full force, but the issues are with the swarms of FLIES. Different from love bugs. I promise you that I know the difference. There are swarms of flies all over WDW (and a lot of central Florida, it seems) right now.
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:52 AM   #66
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Flies are not going to be your problem this time of year in Florida. It's the LOVE BUGS. In Florida around now love bugs are everywhere. They don't bite or anything but they are very annoying. Good luck and try not to let it bother you.
This thread and other reports say, yes, flies are and will be a problem.
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:57 AM   #67
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I really don't think this is a WDW issue. I was in Orlando over the weekend and noticed the flies everywhere, and I did not step foot onto WDW property...
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A couple of things: NOT just a WDW issue, don't know what is going on but last week I was in Winter Garden, (not near WDW for those not from FL) Lakeland (about 40 miles away) and in Downtown Orlando (again not anywhere near WDW) major small--think size of house flies...bigger than fruit flies not nearly as big as horse flies EVERYWHERE !
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Just to reiterate what other posters have said, this is NOT just an issue at WDW. My wife was talking to her Sister last night who lives in Lakeland and she was complaining about the swarms of flies everywhere. They haven't been able to enjoy their patio for over a week. They were at Busch Gardens in Tampa over the weekend and they were bad there too.
Definitely NOT confined to WDW - we spent time in both WDW and Universal last weekend and they were prevalent in both places... as well as I-4. Just ask the grill of my car.

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Flies are not going to be your problem this time of year in Florida. It's the LOVE BUGS.
Nope, these flies are outnumbering the love bugs 2:1, easily.

FWIW, we aren't having a fly problem on the Tampa Bay coast. Yet... All I can think is that there must've been some weird, mass hatching. And perhaps not enough fly-eating animals around? Any word on dwindling frog and lizard populations in central FL?
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:25 AM   #68
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Flies are not going to be your problem this time of year in Florida. It's the LOVE BUGS. In Florida around now love bugs are everywhere. They don't bite or anything but they are very annoying. Good luck and try not to let it bother you.
We're NOT talking about love bugs, what I and others saw are flies, regular old flies.
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:27 AM   #69
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Yea I'm 1.5 hours west of WDW just north of Tampa and we haven't had any problems with flies yet. I'm wondering if it might have to do with the orange grove crops. I have heard on the news about a problem with the crop falling to the ground and not being ripe. Maybe this could be a cause also? Just throwing ideas out there.
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:29 AM   #70
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Hmm yea that's weird. I live 30min from disney and what I'm mostly seeing are the love bugs.
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:31 AM   #71
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Hmm yea that's weird. I live 30min from disney and what I'm mostly seeing are the love bugs.
It is weird. I live about the same distance away as you and we just have swarms of love bugs too. I've never seen so many flies in one place, it was really strange.
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:43 AM   #72
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Well I guess I better add a fly swatter to our packing list to bring along in our park bag I'm sure my kids will get a kick out of that and it will make for interesting vacations photos! In all seriousness though I hope they figure out something real quick as flies are nasty little pests. This problem has the potential to become a bad infestation real quick.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:09 AM   #73
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No problems that I have seen in Celebration with the flies... but we were are AKL two Saturdays ago (05/04) and it was AWFUL!

We were at Universal Sunday of this week and again... terrible!!

I thought at first at AKL it was all the rain we had just had... but now I don't know.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:32 AM   #74
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Flies are not going to be your problem this time of year in Florida. It's the LOVE BUGS. In Florida around now love bugs are everywhere. They don't bite or anything but they are very annoying. Good luck and try not to let it bother you.
WRONG!

Seriously, what person can not tell the difference between a love bug and a fly? They look and behave completely differently. What is up with people suggesting these are love bugs or cicadas? How stupid do you think people are?

FLIES are the problem at WDW right now. Love bugs are never a "problem," they are just there.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:37 AM   #75
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