Mayflies swarm Slidell gas station

Mayflies swarm Slidell gas station
Updated: May. 29, 2018 at 11:29 AM CDT
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SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - It's like a scene out of a horror movie.

Monday night a convenience store in Slidell was overcome with bugs. Specifically, mayflies.

Mayflies live roughly 12 to 24 hours. They are very attracted to light, which may be the reason the bugs flocked to the gas station on Military Road.

Despite their name, mayflies are not actually flies. They are aquatic insects and are an important food source for fish and reptiles.

Their most distinguishing features are their two or three tails that are often longer than their bodies, according to

The flies do not bite or sting, but they are considered nuisances.

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