It may just be the first of the biblical ten plagues or a sheer consequence of Canadian wildfires, but New York City is literally overrun with tiny bugs.
As first reported by Gothamist, Big Apple residents have complained that it has become virtually impossible to go walking, riding, running, or even using the train without bumping into swarms of tiny bugs over the past two days.
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Although scientists haven’t determined the specific origin of the bugs, it’s likely that they could be Pyrophilous insects, which are drawn to smokey, post-fire environments for supplies and mating.
The theory makes sense when one considers that New York City is grappling with the aftermath of catastrophic Canadian wildfires, which have greatly damaged air quality all across the five boroughs – seemingly materializing the “three days of darkness” portrayed in the Bible
The obnoxious little gnats are seen buzzing throughout portions of Manhattan and Brooklyn and making it difficult to breathe. Even the platforms of the subway have been invaded, while experts argue that the situation could worsen in the coming days.