The low temperatures of winter act as a natural deer fly repellent and repels them from successfully biting and laying their eggs. However, they will find outdoor crevices to survive in during the winter. In summer the female deer flies are looking for decaying material on which to lay eggs.
Before deer flies lay their eggs, they need to keep searching and biting for a blood dinner so that they can lay up to eight hundred eggs. These pests are an issue all over the world, but can mostly be found in damp, wooded areas.
House and work flies are generally of the same species, unless the work flies are located outdoors. For people who work near a wooded area, horse pasture, or even a crop field, deer flies will be a pest.
This article will discuss three methods of deer fly repellent that can eliminate deer fly bites. The most common methods of deer fly repellent are
- aerosol repellents,
- deer fly traps,
- and covering all of the skin with clothing.
Deer Fly Repellent: Aerosol Repellents
One common method to repel flies and protect from deer fly bites is to use an aerosol deer fly repellent. Deer fly repellents that contain diethyltoluamide, also known as DEET, are effective at repelling deer flies.
However, some brands of repellent formulas contain a lower concentration of DEET and appear ineffective as a deer fly repellent. If the aerosol deer fly repellents do not seem to repel the deer flies in the infested areas, then they may need to be trapped instead.
Stationary and Movable Traps
Another method is to use traps as deer fly repellents. Deer fly traps can be stationary or movable, which is often referred to as trolling.
The user places multiple traps into an area and waits for the flies to come to the trap. However, other wildlife can be affected by introducing stationary traps into an area.
Depending on the size of the trap, this method can also be deer repelling. Use caution when eliminating deer flies from horse pastures or deer trails. One idea is to lay deer or horse feed near the trap in order to avoid creating a deer repelling region. This will allow the deer or horse to travel along their normal trails and keep the flies off deer.
Another type of trap is the movable or trolling trap. Typically, this type of trap is attached to a motor vehicle and slowly driven through the infestation.
One advantage to this type of trap is that it does not remain in the infested area, does not have the affect of bothering other wildlife, and still repels flies.
The disadvantage is that it does not provide as much wait time for the flies to get trapped. Setting traps will keep the summer deer from biting at their itchy sores.
However, if there are little funds for repelling deer flies, simply taking precaution by wearing appropriate clothing can be an inexpensive solution.
Wear Appropriate Clothing
Recommended clothing includes high socks that span the entire foot, leg and knee. Closed-toed shoes act as fly repellents and should preferably lack mesh or any material that could provide flies with a surface on which to lay eggs.
For example, work boots are close-toed and are made of a solid, fly repellents material. After the feet and legs are covered, the rest of the clothing should completely cover the entirety of the skin. This includes long jeans, a long-sleeve shirt that covers your torso, arms, and upper body.
The top of the head and forehead could be covered using a baseball cap or a sock hat. As for the face, some hats come with an attached net that will cover your face. If this is not available, then face nets can be purchased individually.
The individual face nets should be worn securely over the face. At the very least lotions or sprays that include DEET can be spread on the face to eliminate flies from feeding on your blood. Finally, every article of clothing should be sprayed with a clothes-safe repellent called permethrin aerosol.
This article discussed three strategies to keep deer flies from biting. However, none of the above suggestions are mutually exclusive. That is, the strategy that is likely to keep deer flies from biting is combining all three suggestions.
Using repellent on surroundings, dressing appropriately and using a clothes-safe repellent on each separate piece of clothing, as well as placing stationary and movable traps will most effectively help avoid bites from deer flies.
As well, eliminating these nuisances will help keep the flies off deer and the deer from biting on their sores caused from infestations.