What are those lake flies? What is their story?

Real Estate Agent with Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH 2006004434



Mayflies are also called shadflies and lake flies. They are aquatic insects. They are attracted to light. They become a nuisance to people when they gather at night near doorways of homes and businesses. They sometimes gather in large numbers.Mayflies are members of the insect orderEphemeroptera. They have two pair of wings, so they are not related to houseflies or other true flies. Flies have only one pair of wings.There are many species of mayflies. They are very slender insects. Some mayflies are very small – 1/32” long. Others are longer – up to 1¼” long. The color varies, but many have dark bodies. The wings are pale. The wings may be yellow, gray, or even clear. Mayflies hold the wings together above their body when they are resting.Mayflies are aquatic insects. The females lay eggs in water. They prefer clean, fresh water. When the eggs hatch, the immature insects (nymphs) live near the bottom.  They feed on organic material. Fish and other insects eat these nymphs. When the nymphs are mature, they leave the water. They spend a day or two drying off and shedding their skin. Then they fly away to mate and lay eggs.

Adult mayflies live a very short time. The males die after mating. Females die after laying their eggs.  Shed skins and dried mayfly bodies dry out and crumble easily. The insect body fragments can become airborne and cause respiratory problems for some people.

Mayflies are attracted to light. They gather in large numbers around homes and commercial buildings. Making the building less attractive is the first step in controlling a mayfly problem. Porch lights can be changed from white bulbs to yellow “bug light” bulbs. Porch lights and lights attached to buildings may need to be moved away from the building. Consider reducing the light that shines from windows to avoid attracting mayflies to them at night. Insect light traps that use UV light may be helpful in attracting mayflies away from the building.

Posted by

See my current community info video:


Struggling to search for Avon Lake, Avon, North Ridgeville, Sheffield Lake and Sheffield Village Homes?  Need some easier way to do it on the go?  Trulia 
and Zillow are great programs however they are not local.  They are not current to activity at the minute and projections on values of homes are questionable based on global measures and not having local information as a local Realtor would.  So what to do? Add my search engine to your mobile devise or  computer and get direct and current home sales, open houses, know when a home is off the market and sold right away and find similar homes in the area.  The search engine has GPS function that you can activate on your phone  and with that it will give you comparables while you are in the driveway of that dream home.  Now how cool is that?  

Try it.   http://stanleystepak.hanna2go.com

Stanley Stepak Jr. M.A.


Howard Hanna - Gold, Avon Lake, Ohio


Check out my profile at:stanleystepak.howardhanna.com              

Email me at stanleystepak@howardhanna.com  

Homes for sale in Avon Lake area are most sought after because of the superior schools, community activity and recreation, and park like setting this community offers. .If you are planning on buying, selling or relocating in the Avon Lake area, please give me a call as your Avon Lake Realtor.  I would be more than willing to help you with all your Real Estate related needs.


If you are looking for a great real estate agent in the Avon lake area,

  Let me GOOGLE one for you!

QR Code 200


This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
ActiveRain Community
Ohio Lorain County
Almost Anything Goes
Lessons Learned
moving to the cleveland area
relocate to avon lake ohio
avon lake area homes for sale

Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Spam prevention
Post a Comment
Spam prevention

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?


Stanley Stepak

Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,
Looking to sell or buy a home in the Avon Lake area
Spam prevention

Additional Information