Swarms of midges have invaded Toronto (again)

May 4 2018, 7:55 pm

Just when you though spring would be all sunshine and rainbows… the month of May in Toronto doesn’t just mark the return of warmer temperatures, longer days, and patio openings, but also the swarms of tiny flying bugs.

Midges, described as “small, delicate flies,” that “resemble mosquitoes but do not bite,” are part of the Chironomidae family of insects.

And while they’re harmless, these tiny pests “often dance in the air in large swarms over water or lawns,” and plague summer-loving Torontonians who are eager to open their windows and get back to nature after long harsh winters.

While residents should be used to the annual influx of tiny pests by now (not to mention the predatory aphids that are sure to follow), some on Twitter are already venting their frustration with the swarms of inescapable bugs that stick to sweaty skin or are inadvertently inhaled and eaten.

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