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    Hints of Balsam and Pine  from our  corner of the Adirondacks. Adirondack Letters
    No.6: A Flying Critter Story
    Hints of Balsam and Pine: Nature Reflections in a minor key from our quiet corner of the Adirondacks. For Fourpeaks Guests and anyone who ever dreamed about a wilderness getaway. CLICK & GO!  (On this page.)   Adirondack Letter No.6: "A Flying Critter Story."   (On the next page.)   Flying Critters on your Adirondack Vacation. Get the facts!   List and Links to all the Adirondack Letters in this series.  

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    "A Flying Critter Story" Adirondack Letter No.6
    Subject: "A Flying Critter Story." Adirondack Letter No.6
    Date: Sun, 01 Apr 2001 06:48:52
    From: < YourAdirondackGuide@4peaks.com >
    To: < youremailname@youremail.address >

    To:    Fourpeaks Visitors
    At:    < youremailname@youremail.address >

    Dear Fourpeaks Visitor,

    The morning Jen and Carl stopped by the back door to say goodbye
    they still had on the snowshoes they used to get them around our
    place on their winter weekend away from the big city. Snow was
    knee-deep. The barn roofs were piled high and pine boughs all
    around were bent with the weight of the thick wet blanket.

    Jen had a question about the flies. I told them they were cluster
    flies, a northcountry adaptation quite different from ordinary
    house flies. In late fall the flies enter exterior walls and
    winter over in a dormant state. When the sun warms the outside of
    the buildings they buzz around the windows. A real nuisance.

    "No," she said, "not inside 'Old Barn.' I mean the flies right
    here on the snow," pointing to several still black bodies on the
    sparkling white stuff just a few feet away from where we stood.

    Flies on the snow was something I'd never seen. "For years," I
    told them, "we sprayed old fashioned insecticides. Now we bomb
    pyrethrins into the wall cavities. Nothing works. Any warm day
    they emerge from the dormant state, buzz the window panes
    sluggishly for a few hours and then expire on the window sill or
    attic floor. We have to sweep and vacuum up continually."

    "Finding they'll fly outdoors in winter is quite a discovery. Next
    warm day," I told them, "I plan to open several windows just a
    crack and let them out. And I think it'll work."

    Carl said they had a great time and were thinking about coming
    back June for fishing. "How are the black flies?"

    "We've been to my cousin's place up in the Laurentians and it's so
    bad you just can't go outside. They'll cover every inch of skin in
    just a few minutes. It's awful!"

    I said we had good news for them. "All the towns around here hire
    an outfit over in Brant Lake that offers a state-of-the-art black
    fly control program. It's really effective. Years ago aerial
    spraying of insecticide was employed. It didn't work and the
    chemicals were banned anyhow for health reasons. Today, in early
    Spring, technicians (who have all this mapped out in advance) find
    each and every small mountain steam in the area and apply a
    biological larvicide called B.t.i which kills the larvae before
    they hatch. And it's safe for humans."

    "I've seen the fellow myself," I told them, "one day last May,
    climbing over the rocks at the edge of the stream by New Camp. He
    was pouring a cup or so of this whitish emulsion from a plastic
    container into the fast-moving waters and then watching to see how
    well it was dispersed. He said he's been doing the same place (at
    Fourpeaks) for years."

    I was glad Jen and Carl shared my interest in flying insects.
    Along with plants and trees and other living creatures, they share
    the open space, the mountains and the rivers, in our Adirondack
    wilderness playground. Like other studies in animal behavior,
    they're fun to learn about. For more flying critter facts read our
    new page at http://4peaks.com/fklycrit.htm If you have concerns
    about getting stung or catching a disease, the information we
    offer on avoidance, protective clothing and personal insecticides
    should be useful.

    Thanks for reading this. If you've ever been a guest with us, go
    to http://4peaks.com/fgift.htm to learn about our midweek specials
    and free upgrades. Come see us again. If you've never been--think
    about it. There's a lovely quiet season coming up. And please
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    Your Adirondack Host,

    Martin Schwalbaum

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