Rainy runoff creates black fly population boom
Mississippi is virtually tied with Louisiana for the wettest state in North America. Add heat to this and you get bugs. Lots of them.
Most recently the Jackson area has been plagued by black flies, also known as buffalo gnats. The closer you live to the swamp in the middle of our metro area, the more your outdoor activities have been disrupted by these obnoxious creatures.
Here’s the good news: The male buffalo gnat does not bite. Now the bad news: The female does. She needs blood to lay her eggs.