I was going to post about this yesterday but never got around to doing so. But now the SJ-R has beat me to it and they have some actual information: The gnats are back. Actually, they’re buffalo gnats.
Last year the infestation was horrible. It was impossible to stay outside in the early evening-to-dusk time period. My old posts are here and here and here.
Which brings up something else. I just started noticing these things late last week. My old posts linked to above were dated 4/30, 5/2 and 5/11 of last year. The last post, in part, lamenting how long the infestation had been going on. This year, the weather has been way behind schedule. Right now we’re having a very cool May with temps more reminiscent of the end of April. I think the gnats are feeling it too and are out later this time.
This year, so far –and maybe given the weather, the gnat factor doesn’t seem to be as bad. Although, I was amused yesterday at my cat stubbornly refusing to get away from them and trying to swat them and bite them out of the air. She eventually ran under my truck for cover.