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rbi99 07-27-2021 08:08 AM

Mosquitos here in Cleveland are getting really bad. Pretty much can't go out without getting bit multiple times. With the Adirondacks seeing more rain then usual, are they any worse then normal? Any chance they linger around longer then normal?

montcalm 07-27-2021 09:40 AM

No idea about the north country but they are epically bad in western, NY - I'd assume similar to Ohio.

The amount of rain we've had in July has really made for some aggressive hatches as of late.

I'm not sure if the Adirondacks are in a higher-than-average year for precipitation. It might be more variable in the drier parts of the park but from facebook I see the high peaks look extra muddy. Perhaps in those areas the skeeters are worse than usual. I think in the west where there is so much standing water, it's probably not any different. I can recall doing trips in really dry years, where it didn't rain for weeks, and in really wet years where it was raining nearly every day and the bugs weren't much different.

Hear the Footsteps 07-27-2021 05:57 PM

Climbed Hadley Mt and Spruce Mt in Northern Saratoga County today. Mosquitos were not too bad; actually not a problem. This is about as far South on the East 1/2 of the park boundary you can be and still be inside the Blue Line.

Where I live, in Saratoga County, just north of the Mohawk River, if I go to the wetlands and marsh areas mosquitos are biting and stinging biting. In the sun or not on grass not too bad.


DSettahr 08-03-2021 05:10 PM

This year has seemed super variable depending on where you are. Right now there's mosquitoes in some parts of the ADKs so vicious you don't dare wander outside after sunset. Meanwhile in another part of the ADKs not even 30 miles away as the crow flies, I recently spent a night in a lean-to without any sort of bug net, without encountering even a single winged blood sucking insect.

Wldrns 08-03-2021 05:41 PM

Western Adirondacks..... I thought the worst was over, as it usually is in the beginning of July. But nearly twice the avarage rainfall during the month (over 7" around here) means lots of ponding in the woods. Where ever there is a small depression between trees, it contains standing water and mosquitoes abound in the whole area. Surprisingly, I even went through a swarm of black flies. But thankfully, the deer flies seem to be gone, as they should be at the time of the season.

DSettahr 08-03-2021 05:54 PM


Originally Posted by Wldrns (Post 286624)
Surprisingly, I even went through a swarm of black flies.

Yeah, the occasional black fly is still out in Newcomb also. By far the latest I've ever seen them out and about.

St.Regis 08-05-2021 07:46 AM

For whatever reason, it seems like a lot of them aren't messing around this summer. They zoom right in and nail you without much hovering. There's a smaller version that is especially vicious

montcalm 08-05-2021 09:37 AM

My wife was joking (but not really) that they are biting her as soon as she opens the door to her car.

If I'm in the yard for more than a minute I'm bit at least 3 times. They are definitely hungry.

My kids have had welts and even an infection from the bites.

It's crazy how the populations explode with that extra rain.

rbi99 08-05-2021 12:29 PM

What I find different this year over most, is that the bites I get all itch for days afterwards. Used to be some would itch, but most you would forget about because they didn't. I actually had two nights where I had trouble sleeping because I had so many bites and they itched at different times during the night.

At least with these little bastards, a good spray will keep them at bay for the most part - unlike those damn black flies.

rbi99 08-19-2021 02:41 PM

The little buggers are starting to quiet down here around Cleveland, I sure hope the same is true for the Adirondacks.

Huezee 08-19-2021 02:50 PM

As of Sunday in the BRWF, nope.

DSettahr 08-23-2021 11:28 PM

I encountered a couple of black flies at Lake Colden this past weekend, but otherwise it was completely bug free. However, mosquitoes are still out and about in Newcomb- they get pretty nasty at dusk. There's an occasional deer flies out as well.

Dave Bourque 08-24-2021 08:44 AM

The mosquitoes at Pharaoh Lake are still bad.

Hear the Footsteps 08-24-2021 06:38 PM

Big Slide Mt hiking today (8-24). No mosquitos.

Tick Magnet 08-25-2021 08:53 PM

Southern Hamilton County, Wilcox Lake Wild Forest, 24-25 Aug, 2021

Mosquitos were frequent, but manageable

Stable flies were numerous and intolerable

Black flies were still hanging around in spots

Deer flies were not an issue

Dave Bourque 09-02-2021 08:57 AM

North Elba (Van Hoevenberg) and Keene (the Crows) were bug free yesterday.

saabrian 09-02-2021 01:34 PM

In the southeastern Adirondacks, black flies have been more noticeable lately.

BobF 09-08-2021 10:52 AM

A couple of day hikes the last two days: Blue Ledges and Hour Pond Trail Head from Old Farms Rd. No black flies, no deer flies and very few mosquitos - lots of mud though.

Billy9565 09-13-2021 05:23 PM

I just spent a week in Long lake. Bug free

DSettahr 09-13-2021 09:02 PM

The mosquitoes were absolutely horrendous last week at the confluence of the Cold and Raquette Rivers. There were also a few spots on the Raquette below Raquette Falls were they were pretty bad.

Also mosquitoes still out in force in Schroon Lake today.

And I killed a black fly in Newcomb last week (hopefully, maybe the final one of the season?).

Dave Bourque 09-14-2021 09:33 PM

Yesterday, at the Mill Brook trailhead for Pharaoh Lake, the mosquitoes were enough to annoy. It is a late season.

rbi99 09-18-2021 09:25 AM

Hiked into Colden from the Upper Works earlier this week and the only bugs were in the parking lot. No issues at all while on the trail to and from Colden, and I mean no mosquitoes, black flies, deer flies, etc.

Huezee 09-20-2021 11:08 AM

Fished the South Branch of the Moose River in the Plains on Saturday. Mosquitos were pretty bad.

Bob K 09-22-2021 02:40 PM

N of Pharaoh mtn
Sun thru Tues no biting or nuisance bugs, not even when hiking in the woods.

rbi99 09-24-2021 10:19 AM

Backpacked into Colden last week and saw/felt nary a flying bug. Got back to Upper Works and while putting my stuff back in the car a single black fly got into the car. Little bastard bit me three times while I was driving. At one point I swatted him and missed, and my car swerved off the road. Not sure what happened to him, but I think he was sending me a message!!!

Tick Magnet 09-27-2021 06:54 PM

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Sitting out at the cabin this afternoon and they were aggressively biting us. Strangest year I've seen in a long time. Usually, by late August, the mosquitos are gone. I've never seen them this thick in late September. Very odd.

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montcalm 09-27-2021 07:50 PM

They are always hungry right before they die...

Looks like a thermacell right between those two chairs would solve the problem.

Tick Magnet 09-27-2021 08:32 PM


Originally Posted by montcalm (Post 287266)
Looks like a thermacell right between those two chairs would solve the problem.

That's exactly what we did! :)

montcalm 09-27-2021 09:48 PM


Originally Posted by Tick Magnet (Post 287269)
That's exactly what we did! :)

If I had that spot I wouldn't let some damn mosquitoes ruin it for me :gripe:

chief900 09-28-2021 01:03 PM

Since I posted other comments about our Little Tupper Lake experience I'll add that these buggers were still out and biting in both the Old Forge area and LTL. Fortunately we had a breeze most of the time but when it was calm they were quick to attack. Certainly nothing I've experienced before on a late September trip

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