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Old 05-16-2013, 12:50 PM   #166
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We were there 5/6 - 10 and yes, there were a ton of small black flies, they were bothersome, but honestly, I'd rather be swatting flies away from me, than having to run from bees!
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:13 PM   #167
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A fly is a fly. I'm not mad, just frustrated that people keep suggesting that they are love bugs. One person even suggested cicadas. Geez....

The fact that these are, in fact, flies has been clarified many times over the duration of this thread.
Just to throw a little more fuel on the fire, you do know that "love bugs" are actually flies don't you?

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Old 05-16-2013, 03:28 PM   #168
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Just to throw a little more fuel on the fire, you do know that "love bugs" are actually flies don't you?



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Whatever they are we have never seen anything like it here in central FL and its getting worse daily got them by our house too which a few days ago I said we didn't
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:43 PM   #169
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Actually from my observations at the MK this morning, they are neither flies nor love bugs...

Awwwwwwwww .... so adorable.

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We were there 5/6 - 10 and yes, there were a ton of small black flies, they were bothersome, but honestly, I'd rather be swatting flies away from me, than having to run from bees!
Yeah, I'd rather deal with flies than have my head caught in a sex cloud, be attacked by rabid raccoons, or be stalked by a serial killer. But, given the choice, I would choose none of the above.

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Just to throw a little more fuel on the fire, you do know that "love bugs" are actually flies don't you?



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Old 05-16-2013, 03:55 PM   #170
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We've found the flies all around our stroller when we leave it to go on rides. I'm good about only letting the kids drink water so it's not even like there's any sweet soda on the stroller to attract them.
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Old 05-16-2013, 04:31 PM   #171
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Maybe a visual aid of what's being discussed would help.....


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Old 05-16-2013, 04:31 PM   #172
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They are not that bad in person. They remind me of lightening bugs, only dumber. The only real bad thing about them is having to wash the front of your car everyday during love bug season.

They just kind of float around and are much more interested in each other than anything else.

The flies certainly didn't ruin my good time, but sure did ruin a couple of meals. The positive thing about them is that the big numbers of them are only in isolated pockets so they are easy to get away from. There is an increase in solo flies, but at least the whole place isn't swarming.
I did not find them isolated at all, they were literally EVERYWHERE in large numbers both at Epcot and AK on Monday and DD on Sat.
In fact, I found it so annoying that I actually wrote to Disney to complain, and I rarely every complain about anything.
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Old 05-16-2013, 04:41 PM   #173
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Are they flies (big filthy critters that stand around on your food rubbing their hands together evilly) or gnats (clouds of tiny critters that fly up your nose)? Do they bite? Do they follow you around, or mostly ignore you? Are they attracted to garbage?

Small flies that bite are blackflies and midges, but you'd know if you had them. They don't hang out in large groups. They act more like homing missiles and their bites will leave you bleeding.

If they're gnats, then the massive clouds of them are just them having sexy parties. They're random, and not interested in you (although they can seem to follow you around sometimes if you get your head stuck in the middle of a sex cloud) or your food. It was probably an unusually wet or warm spring, and a ton of them hatched all at once. Gnats are annoying, but harmless. When they're in breeding mode, they don't even eat.

From everything I've been reading, these sound more like gnats than flies.
They are flies, not gnats. blackflies or midges. They are houseflies, dirty filthy insects. I think we all know the difference, but, you never know. Having owned horses for many years, I am, unfortunately, more than slightly familiar with those nasty things.
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Old 05-16-2013, 04:49 PM   #174
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Just to throw a little more fuel on the fire, you do know that "love bugs" are actually flies don't you?



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probably true, but, unlike flies or gnats, they do not bite.
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:27 PM   #175
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I did not find them isolated at all, they were literally EVERYWHERE in large numbers both at Epcot and AK on Monday and DD on Sat.
In fact, I found it so annoying that I actually wrote to Disney to complain, and I rarely every complain about anything.
I was there over last weekend and I've heard they are getting worse since then. For informational purposes I was at MK on Saturday and Epcot on Sunday. They were still isolated in those locations at that time.

I also spent 10 days there a couple of weeks ago and had commented on the flies. I saw them in the four major parks and DTD, but were light compared this past weekend. Clearly, it is a progressive problem.
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probably true, but, unlike flies or gnats, they do not bite.
Um... I don't know about where you live, but around here houseflies don't bite. Neither do gnats, though midges sometimes will and blackflies always do. And horseflies will happily take a chunk out of you.

Houseflies barf on your food and lay their eggs in feces and can spread disease, but they do not bite. It'd be pretty hard, considering their mouth parts look like a sponge on a stick! (Which is why they spit enzymes onto things they want to eat, in order to break it down into a liquid they can soak up.)
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Um... I don't know about where you live, but around here houseflies don't bite. Neither do gnats, though midges sometimes will and blackflies always do. And horseflies will happily take a chunk out of you.
I was thinking the same thing.

These are not biting flies, just nasty flies. If these were horseflies, WDW would be shut down. I have had some run ins with those and they will tear you up! I had one chase me down the road after I got in a car!

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Houseflies barf on your food and lay their eggs in feces and can spread disease, but they do not bite. It'd be pretty hard, considering their mouth parts look like a sponge on a stick! (Which is why they spit enzymes onto things they want to eat, in order to break it down into a liquid they can soak up.)
Gotta love your detailed insect info. I seriously can't wait to use the term "sex cloud" next time we encounter gnats. I know, immature, but oh so hilarious!
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:10 PM   #178
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:05 PM   #180
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Happy to report that we went to the Magic kingdom today and the flies are basically gone, no more swarms!!! We didn't see any love bugs either and yes they are two completely different types of insects!!!!

There was an annoying fly that buzzed around our table at the Crystal Palace but that was about it.

We were also at Animal Kingdom and we didn't see either bug there.

The flies seem to be taken care of and the seasonal love bugs are definitely fading fast!
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