What's the deal with Coast Range bugs?
I live in Whistler and some of the bugs are starting to get annoying. I've been stung by a wasp in the last week.
Some friends came back a day early from Birkenhead lake because the bugs were so bad.
Reports from Anderson Lake is that they are swarming.
Now I'm out and about in the wilderness most of the year and was wondering if there are any rules of thumb to predict bugs. Weather, location, time of year, etc.
I hear stories in Pemberton where people don't even make it past the 3rd hole on the golf course before running from the mosquitoes.
I'm originally from Ontario and Algonquin park is known that you just don't go there in June cause it's so harsh. Worst I've seen here was up on Metal Dome a few years ago, bad enough to make you go psycho. I've never seen that since and would avoid planning a camping trip if I know the bugs are bad enough.
So, in general, what are some of the rules regarding bugs on the west coast?
Location: is it worse as you go further north i.e. North of Pemby? Is it because snow pack melts earlier?
Temperatures/weather/elevation: do they die down after a cold snap? Dry spells versus rainy spells? Valley versus sub-alpine, alpine. Year to year variations?
time of year: seems August is when things start getting bad. I haven't noticed any bugs really so far this year.
Bug types: black flies, horse flies, deer flies, mosquitoes, etc.
I've noticed in Vancouver the other day this small house fly looking insect but with a stinger probe thingy and when it starts drilling, ouch! Some kind of west coast deer fly?
It's too fast to swat.
Any words of wisdom would be appreciated.
I try to practice good bug etiquette, light colors, 30% deet, long sleeves (when it's not too hot), unscented soaps, etc. I have a bug net but never really needed it.