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Mayflies swarm Point Place

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They are back! The annual swarm of Mayflies have made it into Point Place which is typically a hot spot for the bug. The first big swirling clouds of Mayflies were spotted Sunday night and ever since they have been easy to spot. They spend most of their life under the water burrowed in the mud. That process takes about 1 to 2 years. After that they emerge for 2 to 3 days to mate, lay eggs and die. The dead bugs can give off a bad smell and create a mess to clean up. Otherwise the Mayflies are not harmful. They don't have a mouth, teeth or a stinger. Christine Mayer with the University of Toledo says the bug population is going up over the past 10 to 12 years after a few decades of low population. The higher populations is considered a good thing because it represents the health of Lake Erie and that is also improving.

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