October 28, 2019 / By admin
No, we have not derived this name from any Dracula movie, or horror. The blackfly or “blood-sucking” pest is giving a talk this summer, according to the National Association of Pest Control Companies (Anecpla). The municipalities of the Ebro riverbank and the Manzaneras are the ones that are suffering the most. Therefore, we want to talk about the plague of summer that is spared.
The winter so mild we have had and the lack of rainfall have made the plague of this insect, has increased significantly.
From Anecpla, they assure that “the problem of the black fly is that it does not bite, but that it bites in the form of a saw, generating an important wound and being able to give rise to infections and allergic reactions.” This type of insect reproduces in riverbeds, specifically in floating vegetation. If we add to this the low flow of them due to the lack of rain, it has made this summer the plague has grown exponentially.
Specifically, the black fly is not an invasive species, it is native, but for a few years, Anecpla has detected a pest growth. Therefore, it alerts institutions to take action on the matter, so that pest control companies can fumigate to eradicate it. Also, it urges preventive treatments during January and February to avoid its peak in the summer months.
The black fly differs little from the fly we all know, but its “bite” is much more painful and annoying than that of other insects. It is not a weevil. It is a bite or tear. This insect removes some skin, and thanks to an anesthetic, you can be sucking blood, without us noticing. According to Anecpla, what bothers the individual most is the saliva, “which usually causes strong allergy symptoms and severe pain in the area.”
If you have suffered a taste of the black fly, the effects are a rash of several centimeters that usually bleeds and a swelling that can last up to a month.
From Anecpla, they advise that once the bite is suffered, it is important not to scratch. It is recommended to clean and disinfect the area and apply ice to reduce inflammation and an ointment with a mild corticosteroid.
Categories: Pest Control