midges toronto

The midge breeding frenzy is back in Toronto

If you're noticing an influx of pesky little insects, you're not alone. But don't worry. While annoying, these bugs, known as chironomids (or more colloquially as midges), won't hurt you. Although, you may want to mind your drinks or take caution while cycling and running over the next few days.

That's because it's mating season for the midges. Each spring and fall, and up to four times per year, female midges fly about in swarms trying to find apt male partners. You can usually see lots of them by the lake, but the wind can carry them northbound. And, since hatching midges like to hang out by light sources, the CBC notes that they're often attracted to the condos by Lake Shore.

The attack of the midges won't last long and we'll hopefully see less of these non-biting bugs over the next few days. Until then, keep your mouth shut and your doors closed. Sorry.

Photo by Andy Carroll in the blogTO Flickr pool.


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