A hiker talks into his phone camera while a mosquito accosts the screen.

Photo Credit: Dean Beaulac | Facebook

Strathcona Bug Update? They’re Terrible

This avid hiker made a few new "friends" along the way

Dean Beaulac offers a sneak peek into the bug situation

It seems the bugs have taken over. Hikers all over VanIsle are swatting and struggling and itching their way up the trail.

Why? It could be the cool, wet spring. There were lots of puddles for the bugs to breed in. Then the hot weather gave them a chance to really explode.

Dean Beaulac jumped on Facebook’s Hiking Enthusiasts Vancouver Island group to offer a sneak peek for folks considering hiking Paradise Meadows.

The one takeaway? Bring your bug spray.