Last season, the Indians made headlines when midges descended upon the park during game two of the American League Division Series, bothering players and fans alike. So what’s a city to do? Sorry, folks, there’s no miracle chemical solution to keep those pesky critters away. But John Gedeon Jr., president and general manager of General Pest Control, has a solution. “I’ve got a four-letter word for that,” he says. “Dome.” He also says giant windmills would do the trick, too. Here are few other things to keep in mind when battling the bugs:
› Midges usually don’t bite.
› Commercial insect repellents have no effect.
› They lay eggs in water, and swarm at night.
› They’re attracted to lights.
“It’s all just about the balance of nature, and our desire to play baseball at night,” he says. “Sometimes, you just can’t fight Mother Nature.”