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Mosquitoes kill this year's fall festival at Belle Isle Marsh

The Revere Journal reports the Friend of Belle Isle Marsh has canceled this year's Belle Isle Fall Festival, scheduled for this weekend, to protect people from mosquitoes - and the diseases they could be carrying.

Our site supervisor at Belle Isle has to wear full gear because the mosquito infestation is so bad. I’m disappointed about the cancellation, but we will be holding a spring festival in May.

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Wow. There's a seawall across from the marsh by Short Beach in Revere. Last night I was walking past and I saw more flying insects than I ever have, just completely covering one big stretch of the sea wall for what seemed like 100 yards. The cloud of bugs got worse toward the entrance to Belle Isle Marsh. Needless to say, I opted not to enter, as Skin So Soft probably isn't the weapon for this battle.

That said, pro tip for anyone into sunsets, when the bugs aren't biting you're hard-pressed to find many places much more beautiful for the fall sunsets.

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There have been tiger mosquitoes found over there. They are very aggressive and they can carry Dengue (and Zika, but less likely) from one human to another.

They have been moving up from the south and now they live here, too.

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I apologize to OCD people for filming with one hand/portrait because I didn't want to drop my new phone, but I took video of the flies yesterday (and the guy on the motorcycle passing a guy on the right of a single lane traffic configuration, but I digress).

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They're sand flies that breed in the rotting seaweed that tends to accumulate there (it's regularly raked off Revere Beach proper). There are more flies than normal this year, although not strikingly so, because there are more than normal amounts of seaweed that have been blown ashore by storms this summer. They're not a threat to people, only rotting seaweed.

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it's best to err on the side of caution and safety, as well as public health, and to postpone the festival until the spring.

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