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."
Another round of strong winds will howl across northern Europe on Tuesday.
Another storm system will bring more heavy rain and flooding to northern Pakistan and India this week.
While portions of the mid-Atlantic have enjoyed a day or two of spring warmth in March, most of New York and New England will finally break out of the persistent winter chill.
A pattern change during the middle of April could bring rain and cooler conditions to California, while erasing persistent chill in the Northeast.
It was a very active day Monday along the "Ring of Fire," the zone of seismic activity in the Pacific Basin.
As Monday morning ushered in dark skies near the Columbia, South Carolina, area, onlookers were treated to a unique cloud formation known as asperatus clouds.
Miami, FL (2003)
The warmest March on record in South Florida concluded with the coldest weather of the month. The high of 65 degrees set a record low maximum for the date and was the only day of the month the high temperature failed to reach at least 80 degrees. The average temperature in Miami was 78.8 for the month of March.
Gardiner, ME (1843)
End of snowiest March in history. According to the Portland Daily Advisor - 4 feet of snow on ground.
Extreme cold in Central states for March. St. Louis, MO: 17 degrees below normal; Minneapolis, MN: 25 degrees below normal. One of the coldest months ever.