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Old 08-09-2011, 01:59 PM
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Lately on the really hot, low wind days we've really been bugged by all the black flies that get on the boat here on Lake Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay. This usually happens the further from shore we get. Deet products are just so-so in keeping them from biting but does nothing to keep them off the boat. How are you guys keeping the flies off and out of your boats? Anybody try those little electric things about the size of a cell phone? So far, fly swatters and fans help a little but there's got to be a better system...
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Old 08-09-2011, 04:53 PM
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I try not to get any fish slime on the boat, it greatly reduces their ranks. Also coined the phrase don't kill one or 500 will show up for the funeral
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I keep a can of "Yard Guard" bug spray on my boat at all times. Just spray it around your ankles and knees also spray any areas of your boat below your waist. It seems those damn biting flies seem to linger down low where it is harder to swat them. It kills them dead and keeps the rest away all day long.
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Learned to deal with them, ahaha.
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Avon makes a bug spray that works great and I use it all the time. One spray normally lasts all day It's called Avon skin so soft Bug Guard Plus also has spf 30 sunscreen as part of the formula as well as vitamen E--you guessed it, my wife is a part time rep! anyway, you can go to www.youravon.com and locate a local rep and you can order it online and have it delivered to your door.
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I saw a post on another sit about some herbal based sprays that some of the horse people use. I mixed vodka and a combination of eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass and tea tree oils and a little dish soap.

I spray a light mist on my legs. It works for more than an hour befor they come back. I also spray it on my dogs who are often bothered as well. It also smells refreshing.

My spray was adapted from the following site
http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forum...d.php?t=157038
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Originally Posted by blackh2odog View Post
I saw a post on another sit about some herbal based sprays that some of the horse people use. I mixed vodka and a combination of eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass and tea tree oils and a little dish soap.

I spray a light mist on my legs. It works for more than an hour befor they come back. I also spray it on my dogs who are often bothered as well. It also smells refreshing.

My spray was adapted from the following site
http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forum...d.php?t=157038
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Old 08-10-2011, 10:44 AM
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Anybody try those little electric devices about the size of a small cell phone yet?
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Anybody the "Thermacell"?
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Old 08-10-2011, 11:31 AM
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Yes the Therma cell will work!!
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:13 PM
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I take a couple of charter trips a year on Lake Michigan and the flies are the worst. I've heard that putting dryer sheets in your socks will keep the flies away but have never tried it. I just sweat in my long pants and long sleeve shirts. The charter captain keeps a fan running on the dash but also wears long pants and long sleeve shirts.

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Old 08-18-2011, 11:44 AM
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Buggspray biting fly formula is effective for the ankle biters.
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Old 08-22-2011, 07:01 PM
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They hate white vinegar. We keep a couple of plant spray bottles loaded up with white vinegar on the boat for the crew and they work well. You sweat it off and just re-squirt when needed.
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Learned about skin so soft and oringinal listerine mouth wash mixed 50/50 works great on green head flies at the jersey shore,
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Old 09-04-2011, 05:26 PM
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http://deerflypatches.com

they work.
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Old 09-05-2011, 02:21 AM
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Bert's Bees repellant for biting fly's, smells good too.
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Old 09-13-2011, 09:51 AM
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Use thermacell! I have worked in the bush for 30 years, been a poor fisherman for - well ever. This thing is the best ever.

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Old 08-02-2015, 03:37 PM
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Thermacell doesn't work on black flies. Its amazing against mosquitos but not the flies. Ive only found that fogging works best or keep applying bug spray. Also if you're out in the middle of the lake and start to get covered in little flies that look like mosquitos that arent biting - those are about to be black flies. Spray them before they grow up which happens within hours.
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Old 08-07-2015, 06:33 AM
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It sounds crazy. But suntan OIL works against those mean biting black flies.Otherwise I think those flies drink DEET like people drink beer.
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