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Insidious flower bug - the size of the fight

November 3, 2020
Orius on arm

Insidious flower bug piercing human skin

Not many insects bite people just for fun, but there are a few that seem to. It is not that they are biting to feed on humans; nor does it seem that they are biting out of self-defense. The fact is we don’t know for certain why they bite – but we sure feel it when they do.

The ones I am talking about are fall-time biters. They are out in full force right now, as days are still warm but nighttime temperatures are decreasing. They swarm us when we are innocently working out in the yard, jogging, bicycling or when we are just out for an afternoon walk. They attack us at outdoor gatherings, picnics, or barbecues, or even when we are relaxing in our favorite lawn chair trying to enjoy what is left of the year’s pleasantly warm autumn days.

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