They know where to find you. And you can't escape.
These tiny menaces aren't enemy micro-drones. They're a more old-fashioned assailant.
They're the small biting insects that you see outside all summer, but never knew had a name. They have, in fact, a few: no-see-ems, biting midges or punkies.
According to Penn State Entomologist Greg Hoover, the insects have a few "unspeakable names" as well.
And these bugs are everywhere this summer.
"It could be because of an abundance of moisture this spring," Hoover said.
Northern states from Washington to Maine and down to Mississippi all received more rain than average this spring.
No-see-ems breed in ponds, wetlands and near flowing water like streams. They'll also breed in any stagnant water in your yard.
No-see-ems will bite you when you're digging in the garden or sitting out on your boat. Even at home, a screen door won't give respite from the bugs. At between 1/16th and 1/8th of an inch, biting midges fly right through the holes in the screen.
Like the mosquito, the female biting midge feeds on blood. Though no-see-ems are tiny bugs, their victims say the itch from bites is just as bad as mosquito bites.
"The pain is quite extreme when you look at their size," Hoover said.
The folk remedy cure is painting over the bite with nail polish. A more effective technique is rubbing on some antihistamine cream.
But, like most insects, biting midges have their good points. Their rain forest relatives pollinate the cacao plant. The insects are something that we "equate with causing us pain," Hoover said. "But we don't have chocolate without pollination."
An intense band of heavy rainfall will continue across South Carolina and far southeastern North Carolina into Monday, worsening the already historic flooding that is underway.
Heavy rain continues to fall over parts of the Carolinas, exacerbating the already historic flooding.
According to the BBC, the Brague River overflowed its banks, sending water into nearby towns and cities, including Cannes.
Catastrophic flooding slammed Charleston, South Carolina, and other areas across the state over the weekend.
The 44th Annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta began on Saturday morning, but stormy conditions could cause trouble through Tuesday.
Hurricane Joaquin is barreling down on Bermuda as the weekend comes to an end, posing hazards to residents and vacationers.
Southwest USA (1989)
The remnants of Hurricane Raymond brought these rainfall amounts: Nogales, AZ 3.50 inches Sierra Vista, AZ 2.12 inches Raton, NM 1.76 inches Taos, NM 2.00+ inches
Jacksonville, FL (1991)
A total of 2.38 inches in 6 hours caused severe flooding; over 10 inches of rain fell during the past week.
Hawaiian Islands (1999)
12 foot surf on the south shores of islands; some roads and hotels were flooded.