“Never underestimate the bugs”

Bayshore culture has been dominated by annoying bugs. A local gas station owner who offers bits of local wisdom to visitors says that if not for the bugs, our beaches would be lined with high rise condominiums. We have at least five classes of biting insects.

I generally do not notice the bugs. This is primarily because I wear thick long clothing year round. It’s just a habit. The bugs won’t bite through jeans or canvas work shirts. There are other measures to take to make the bugs almost unnoticeable. I usually follow all of these routines.

But this weekend I went outside a few times without covering up. It was probably because I took wet clothes off to dry. It is easier to cool off and dry my body if I don’t get dressed right away, This security camera shot caught me taking out the compost. After two days, my body is covered in bites. I know from past experience that it takes more than a month for the skin to heal.

In about a week the dragon flies will arrive to kill most of the biting flies. It gets better from there.