Mayflies are now swarming all over Gastonia, and especially along South Fork River.
A local resident commented that it is like a scene from a horror movie or a biblical plague.
“Wow, it’s like a locust invasion,” Nicole Antunes said of the water-borne insects, which emerge every May.
Town workers are even using leaf blowers to blow away the bug remains that sometimes stack up 3 inches high on the Goat Island Bridge.
A few days ago they packed 20 trash bags full of dead mayflies and needed a front-end loader to scoop them off of the ground.
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