Waterfront residents dealing with annual mayfly mess

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT)-- Mayflies are everywhere lately, residents who live near the water around the Tennessee Valley tell WHNT News 19.

WHNT News 19 Meteorologist Jason Simpson talked about this on air and on valleywx.com earlier this week. There are enough mayflies for ARMOR radar to pick them up.

"They fly by the thousands," said Kenneth Creel, a Regional Extension Agent. "And it's really amazing."

Now, those left behind may just be decorating your property.

"They are really bad," commented Jeanine Gernert, who lives on the water.

"Whenever there's a hatch, they cover up the house, they cover up all the boats, the docks, anything near the water. They're everywhere," echoed Jeff Sanders.

Many of you have sent WHNT News 19 photos of your own cars, covered in mayflies from driving through the swarm.

But if you're into fishing, chances are you're excited by the recent mayfly hatch.

"They're flying around the water and the fish are trying to catch them," commented Creel. But he added, adult mayflies don't live long. Once they emerge as adults, they are only alive for little more than a day.

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