If you don’t like bugs, you should probably stay the heck away from Gimli, Manitoba right now.
Every year around July, the town gets completely taken over by insects that locals refer to as “fish flies.” They hatch by the millions, all at once, anytime between spring and autumn, and you can find them buzzing around in giant swarms, or resting on roads, storefronts, signs and just about every available surface. We’re not exaggerating when we say they completely take over:
Since the lifespan of an adult fish fly is shockingly short (they live most of their lives underwater before taking to the skies), they practically all die in unison a short time after emerging. The result is that the streets end up absolutely covered in dead bugs. To the point where residents are forced to use actual shovels to scoop them up into massive piles.
Ankle deep in Fishflies at Gimli pic.twitter.com/uhA6HxNAR6
— Sherry (@womapodolchuk) July 12, 2016
The reason residents call these guys fish flies (they’re actually burrowing mayflies) is because they literally smell like fish. So not only are people walking around in fields of bug corpses, they also have to cope with the stench.
— D. M. Morrissette (@DMMorrissette) July 12, 2016
Call us when it’s all over, Gimli.