Summer’s here- the bloodsuckers are near! Very, very near; think “inside your clothes and ears” near. Aieeeee!
Today was FINALLY a sunny weekend day. Finally no work or outside obligations. I was feeling energized to be OUT in the garden, getting things done. WF’s spent some good amounts of time, but I really hadn’t yet. Now that it really felt like summer, it was time to dive in.
But not before I donned my battle gear. Yes, indeed, it is BLACK FLY SEASON. One should not take that statement lightly. I figured, I’ve done this before, I’ll take proper precautions. No problem. Behold my fashionable, festive summer garden gear:
Stylish, no? Note the subtle hints of blue throughout, really pulling the ensemble together. The highlight is the lovely neck scarf, rakishly tucked into just one side of the collar. Yes, this outfit will really wow the neighborhood deer and chickens, and those pesky flies will NEVER be able to get through my defenses.
Never underestimate a blackfly. They are evil emissaries from the underworld. They’re sneaky (you never feel them biting), they’re smart and they’re hungry. Ravenous for as much of your blood as they can possibly suck. And, oh, how they suck. They inject a potent anti-coagulant to make sure you bleed even after they fly away. Then, some delicate humans (like me) react to bites with giant welts, intense itching for a week and even scars. WF lets them bite until he looks like he has the measles, but doesn’t get much of the itching.
Yes, I knew all this. But even I’m a little stunned with the aftermath of the Great Summer Bloodsucking Bug Battle. They simply bit me where they could reach me, and I was too garden-absorbed to notice. Eeeeeek!
14 bites on face and neck. Plus an extra bonus tick on my elbow. Shee-it. It’s gonna be an itchy week.) Anyone know of a good, safe facial repellant out there? Or a favorite bug net brand? I’m in the market…)