Gross! Mayflies take over Illinois roadway, cause traffic hazard

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Mayflies on a patrol car (Image: Havana, Ill. Police Department)

HAVANA, Ill. – A bridge in the town of Havana, Illinois has been taken over, by mayflies. That’s according to the town’s police department Facebook page.

An invasion of the bugs, has caused a bridge to be very dangerous. The department says the bugs had piled as high as six inches.

When cars run over those bugs, it makes the roadway very slick. There were multiple wrecks as a result.

Just take a look at the patrol car that drove through the area!

Mayflies on a patrol car (Image: Havana, Ill. Police Department)

Mayflies on a patrol car (Image: Havana, Ill. Police Department)

The City of Havana Street Department and the Illinois Department of Transportation are

Mayflies causing a traffic hazard (Image: Havana, Ill. Police Department)

Mayflies causing a traffic hazard (Image: Havana, Ill. Police Department)

working together to get the problem cleared.

Resident fisherman Jerry Hayes says he believes those bugs causing all this problem should be taken to a nearby lake or river, as they make some of the best bait.

In fact, an article on bassmaster.com calls them all the different species of mayflies “like candy to every species of fish.” The article goes on to say “When the mayflies land in water, it triggers a feeding frenzy.”

 

Some video posted to mayfly.org shows just how the swarming effect looks: