I agreed to travel to the Upper Peninsula February – May and again late July – October for strategic purposes. Insects. I hate bugs.
Bug season in the U.P. extends from May to September and features several relentless insects, in overlapping hordes. I left in May just in time to miss their pesky blackflies. But they found me in Maine. Undeterred by repellents, they like wet areas with creeks and rivers. Michigan and Maine are geographically similar in that way. A neighbor once told me blackflies work better then Botox for eliminating wrinkles. Cheaper too.
The most evil critter that both states share is the wood tick. I hate them and nearly ceased all forest hiking in Maine due to the stealthy tick. They jump right on you, and then bury themselves under your skin and suck your blood. You don’t even realize it! Best to stay away from the U.P. May, June and most of July rather than risk an encounter with a wood tick.
However, they don’t have a single mosquito up here. No siree. They’ve all married and had thousands of children! I repeat, best to stay away from the U.P. May, June and most of July until the wood ticks go dormant and the mosquitos have waned to nearly tolerable levels. Yes, there are some very strong bug dopes to use, however if I put something on my skin that can be measured in my liver within the hour, I tend to stay away from it. That might explain why some of the local population is somewhat unstable. LOL
Be sure to visit during September – May when life in the Upper Peninsula is absolutely spectacular!