They're back and they're gross.
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The pesky insects stick to your clothes and land in your hair.
NewsChannel5 reports that millions of mayflies are swarming the coast of Lake Erie.
People have to use snow shovels and leaf blowers to get rid of the pests and clear walkways. They cling to windows and cars. They also crunch when people
walk and drive over their bodies.
The mayflies only live a few days, but they manage to lay thousands of eggs during that time. A
female mayfly can lay up to 8,000 eggs.
They should be gone by the end of July.
The mayflies hadn't been as bad in the past because of pollution in the lake. Their return is a sign of a healthier Lake Erie.
According to The Associated Press, Mayflies are about an inch or two long with paper-thin wings and
big, beady eyes.
The mayflies are generally found in the shallow areas of western
Lake Erie and its shores. Winds on the lake usually push them
toward Ohio's shoreline, but this year the winds have been blowing
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