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Visitors Remind About Biting Flies on the Shores of Michigan National Lakes

Visitors Remind About Biting Flies on the Shores of Michigan National Lakes

Visitors Remind About Biting Flies on the Shores of Michigan National Lakes

(CBS DETROIT) – The summer season is right around the corner, which means several people are likely heading north to camp and enjoy all that Northern Michigan has to offer.

A ranger smiles at the camera while his pants are covered in flies.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore


As guests plan their trips, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore officials remind visitors about the biting flies that call the national lakeshore home during the summer.

Stable flies, which cause painful bites, are common at Pictured Rocks in the summer. Officials say they are abundant on warmer days and southerly winds push them from the forests to the lake shores.

In response to Pictured Rocks’ post about stable flies, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore posted a photo of a ranger’s pants covered in stable flies and said, “Our fly-covered ranger pants are much more elegant than yours! (It’s not that it’s a competition or something.)

A park ranger’s pants covered in stable flies on the shore of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

On the shores of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore


Pictured Rocks officials reposted the photo and said, “You feel our pain, maybe even worse!”

Regardless of which park has made the stable fly situation worse, people are advised to wear long pants when visiting the lake shores, because they tend to bite people below the knees.

They also recommend bug nets placed over your head when walking and say not to rely on bug spray. Stable flies are not deterred by insect repellent the same way mosquitoes are.