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Midges return to plague Northeast Ohioans

They may be annoying, but they actually serve an important purpose.

CLEVELAND — They're back!

If you've ventured outside recently, it's likely you've run into a midge or two , or three. The pesky creatures are now sticking to anything and everything: warm building sides, cars and probably your food--yuck.

But, as annoying and pointless as midges seem, they have an important job. They provide food for many types of freshwater fish and for other aquatic creatures.

They're also nicknamed "Canadian Soldiers." The flying bugs are up to a half-inch long and arrive every spring and fall, but luck for us, the tend to only stick around for five to ten days.

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