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Swarms of Mayflies in Shreveport create big cleanup job for crews

Workers shovel mounds of dead Mayflies along the shoulder of the Shreveport Barksdale bridge. Workers shovel mounds of dead Mayflies along the shoulder of the Shreveport Barksdale bridge.

By Katrina Webber - email | bio

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A certain type of insect seems to be even more of a bug for people in the ArkLaTex this year.

 Mayflies are known to swarm the area every year at this time.  But to those who've been cleaning up the carcasses of the short-lived winged creatures, it appears they've really been dropping in droves.

"I've never seen a mess this much in my life," said Lindy C., a worker with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development , as he used a shovel to scoop up thousands of the bug bodies from the Shreveport-Barksdale Bridge Monday morning.

The DOTD had to shut down lanes of the span in order to conduct the cleanup operation.  Piles of the dead bugs-some two feet high-- littered the shoulder of the road in both directions.

"All we can do is clean it up and hope it won't happen again," said Leo Windham, Lindy's co-worker.

Chances are it won't happen again-at least not in the same spot.  According to published information on Mayflies, the insects live only about a day at the most.  The bugs mature, mate and then die all within hours.  Their descendants won't emerge for another year.

Even that's too soon, as far as people like Nick Cosby are concerned.  He used a leaf blower Tuesday morning to clear flies from a shopping center parking lot on E. Kings Highway and E. 70th Street.

"It was, like, anywhere you walked, ‘Crack!,'" he said.  "Nasty!  And this is always the worst parking lot."
 
While most people may not have any use for the swarming insects, fish and birds apparently do.  They feed on  Mayflies.


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