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Old 06-29-2006, 01:33 PM   #15
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After meeting the bitting black flies for the first time on our trip across the U.S., I really believe that this is the only thing that might work, and that is only if you close off all openings!

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Old 06-30-2006, 12:22 AM   #16
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For yellowjackets -- Put a partial cup or glass of Coke or orange soda or other sweet liquid at the other end of the picnic table and the yellowjackets will head for it and get gummed up in the sticky stuf and not be able to fly or climb out. Surprisingly, one can sit quite close to it and not be pestered by the wasps.

Just be very careful NOT to use a soda can because someone (a child, usually) might pick it up, try to drink from it and get stung...
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Old 06-30-2006, 01:21 AM   #17
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Never would have believed it if I hadn't seen it. We were at a wine tasting barbecue a weekago when the flies attacted the hors deuvers as well as anyong standing still. Someone asked if the host had any rosemary growing in the yard, which she did. They took a handfull' of sprigs and put them in the barbecue, where they "roasted".

Lo and behold, not just the flies, but all the bugs took off, leaving us with a pleasant herbal smell and a no-bite environment.

Try it Its amazing!
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Old 06-30-2006, 08:49 AM   #18
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Interesting use for Rosemary.

Now I'm wondering - - - We have a grove where wild cherry trees grow on our place. Each year I have to take a couple down. The branches I cut into wafers on a band saw and use them to the barbeque coals for seasoning and for the aroma.

Maybe that would be a bug deterrent.
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Old 06-30-2006, 09:05 AM   #19
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Maybe that's why George chopped down the cherry tree?
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Old 06-30-2006, 08:21 PM   #20
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No one else added this so I will have to.

To get the flies out of your face,

drop the back door on your union suite.
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Old 07-05-2006, 08:32 AM   #21
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Never would have believed it if I hadn't seen it. We were at a wine tasting barbecue a weekago when the flies attacted the hors deuvers as well as anyong standing still. Someone asked if the host had any rosemary growing in the yard, which she did. They took a handfull' of sprigs and put them in the barbecue, where they "roasted".

Lo and behold, not just the flies, but all the bugs took off, leaving us with a pleasant herbal smell and a no-bite environment.

Try it Its amazing!
I read your post, Lance, when I was home for a few minutes. When back at the campground I recalled what you said. Unfortunately, I didn't have my Rosemary along and Oregano didn't work. My husband thought I was crazy sprinkling the dried leaves around my legs and easel!

Next time, Rosemary will be in the camper!
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Old 07-05-2006, 08:36 AM   #22
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Thanks for all the ideas, folks! I'll be prepared for next time (except for any exposure! ) .

Anyone else out there with thought about preventing flies?
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Old 07-07-2006, 06:19 AM   #23
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While hikeing the AT in the state of Maine years ago I used Oil of Citranella. You could buy it over the counter at drug stores but also at any craft store because this is the ingredeant they put in the candles. A little dab behind the ears, on the brim of a hat, behind the neck and a dot here and there kept them away (unfurtuanately some of my friends aslo)
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Old 07-07-2006, 10:16 AM   #24
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We've been using "Absorbine Supershield Green All Natural Horse Spray".
A friend has been using it for years on his dogs and we tried it while at his cottage (black fly and deer fly country)
It is made of: Aloe, Lanolin alcohol, Oils of citronella, eucalyptis, lavender, pennyroyal, pine needle and tea tree, water and witch hazel.

It goes on without any stickiness and can also be used to spray the general area. We always spray the umbrella at our patio table with it. I also appreciate that our dog can lick it without getting sick. And it works.



We got it at an equestrian shop in the middle of Toronto. I would expect it to be available at farm supply and/or tack shops.
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Old 08-07-2006, 10:24 AM   #25
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I keep this site handy for when I am "in Mother Nature's" house. I don't like the chemical solutions either and can't stand that Avon stuff.

You can order essential oils on many websites, but, this site has not failed yet to give links to "good" oils and provide great info on natural repellants etc.

I have tried the oil for the black flies. It works for me. Everyone is different with the way the oils mix with natural oils etc on the skin.

The small viles the essential oils come in are compac and easy to transport in the Eggs.......but I usually mix up a bottle ready to use (small spray type) to keep handy as well

It's alot less stress than all the dryer sheets, sprays, and other stuff ya have to wear.....hahahahaha


Hope it works for you!!

http://www.naturalfamilyonline.com/1-nl/55...l-bug-spray.htm

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Don't know if this works for sure or not but I remember my grandpa talking about hanging a piece of raw steak or pork chop in a tree a little ways from camp to keep the flies and bees away. Last year we camped where the yellow jackets were really bad and I told my husband about this. He hung a raw steak in a nearby tree and it worked to keep the yellow jackets away from us. Might be worth a try. Good luck.
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Coke in a cup is cheaper than steak
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