CLEVELAND — Everybody's favorite midges invaded the News 5 live trucks Friday morning, and we're not happy about it.
The midge invasion has hit the @wews live trucks. I bet most #AmNewsers don't come in at 3am and sweep up bugs the night shift let into their live truck. Just one of the services @DaveKraska provides for his morning reporter friends @MegDShaw and @Jessi_Dianne. pic.twitter.com/bXrS1kVpFi— Mike Vielhaber (@MVielhaber) May 24, 2019
At 3 a.m., one of our photographers became an exterminator after he was seen vacuuming the midges.
On Tuesday, The National Weather Service reported seeing midges on the radar along the lake.
We are currently watching everyone's favorite insect battling the wind here along the lake. We see higher values of differential reflectivity (right image), meaning the targets are larger horizontally than vertically. #OHwx #CLEwx #midges pic.twitter.com/C81yEyy0mY— NWS Cleveland (@NWSCLE) May 22, 2019
While gross, midges do have a purpose. They are a sign of good health for Lake Erie. Midges are hatched from the lake when the water warms up in the spring. They provide food for fish and other aquatic life, according to the Lake County General Health District.