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#1 User is offline   JohnX 

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Posted 04 August 2007 - 06:47 PM

There was a log posted to one of my caches that mentioned horseflies are out. A good way to keep them away from you is to carry an umbrella. (Open over your head, that is.) It looks strange in nice weather but works.

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Posted 04 August 2007 - 07:08 PM

I'm afraid to use Deet so I use Avon Bug Guard plus IR3535 insect repellent. It's a new Skin-so-soft product that came out last year. Today I had a few horse flies and sprayed that on me and after that I didn't see any more. Works wonders. Better for the environment than deet (my opinion) and it works for mosquitoes, deer ticks and black flies as well. SPF 15 too! ..I use it at the beach alot...Cranes beach where the bugs chase you down and eat you alive. I just watch and laugh lol

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Posted 05 August 2007 - 12:23 AM

I am terribly allergic to their bites. Not epi-pen allergic, but HUGE welt that itches like the dickens and then hurts if I scratch or touch it, so it drives me TOTALLY nuts!

I had never encountered them until I moved to Sweden, they are called "broms" here and I've never seen a fly that actually takes a chunk outta ya!

Evil creatures, I tell ya!

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Posted 05 August 2007 - 03:20 AM

View PostJohnX, on Aug 4 2007, 10:47 PM, said:

There was a log posted to one of my caches that mentioned horseflies are out. A good way to keep them away from you is to carry an umbrella. (Open over your head, that is.) It looks strange in nice weather but works.

Someone (I think it was a fellow cacher?) taught me a variation of that years ago. Put your hat on your hiking stick and hold that over your head. Looks just as silly as the umbrella, but easier to improvise out on the trail.

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Posted 06 August 2007 - 08:15 AM

View PostJohnX, on Aug 4 2007, 10:47 PM, said:

There was a log posted to one of my caches that mentioned horseflies are out. A good way to keep them away from you is to carry an umbrella. (Open over your head, that is.) It looks strange in nice weather but works.


Here are a couple of other things I've learned, some from experience and some from a recent article I read in the Bangor Daily News this week. They are nasty up north this year as well.

- Wear light colors, they are attracted to dark colors
- Stop moving, they are attracted to movement. I've actually noticed this myself. When I stop at a cache to sign the log they seem to disappear, only to reappear as I start walking out. I guess if they are really bad you could stop to at least get a break from their relentless attack.
- DEET doesn't work
- Wear a hat with a brim. And here's an idea I haven't tried: put a strip of double sided tape on the back of your hat because they almost always attack the back side of your head.
- But what I find works best is a baseball cap with a $5 head net. I used one all last week in downeast ME and never once got bit or bothered on the rest of my body.

GO$Rs

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 05:55 AM

So what's the logic with the umbrellas or hats? Just curious.

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 10:11 AM

View Postwandering4cache, on Aug 7 2007, 09:55 AM, said:

So what's the logic with the umbrellas or hats? Just curious.



x2.

I've never known them to only attack from above.

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 10:16 AM

View Postwandererrob, on Aug 7 2007, 02:11 PM, said:

View Postwandering4cache, on Aug 7 2007, 09:55 AM, said:

So what's the logic with the umbrellas or hats? Just curious.



x2.

I've never known them to only attack from above.



Maybe it's akin to the "mountain lion sticks" seen in the movie "The Parent Trap"?

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 06:00 AM

View PostCacheNCarryMA, on Aug 7 2007, 02:16 PM, said:

View Postwandererrob, on Aug 7 2007, 02:11 PM, said:

View Postwandering4cache, on Aug 7 2007, 09:55 AM, said:

So what's the logic with the umbrellas or hats? Just curious.



x2.

I've never known them to only attack from above.



Maybe it's akin to the "mountain lion sticks" seen in the movie "The Parent Trap"?


lol
Did you watch that too last weekend?

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 07:14 AM

Oh, Mr. X, you're a never ending source of amusing information. I dare you to go out hiking with an umbrella.


P.S. Welcome back from Fargo, ND. It was a long 1 1/2 years without you. Now go hide some local caches (please)! Does this mean I'm relieved of cache maintenance duty?

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 01:25 PM

The only time I ever seem to encounter horseflies is when I'm in a pool. Deerflies, on the other hand, are constantly pestering me when I'm out in the woods -- they orbit relentlessly around my head until I think I'm going to go insane. I agree with GO$R's solution: the baseball cap with the mesh head-net is the only thing I've found that will keep them at bay.

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 04:38 PM

I came across this product on the web. I haven't tried it, so I don't make any claims. I agree with Hermit Crabs, these are Deer flies you're talking about, not Horse flies.

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 05:00 PM

This Trolling Deer Fly Trap web page has some interesting information about how to capture those pesky deer flies. It also includes a suggestion for a stylish head-mounted version of the trap:

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"However, if you want to reduce the number of deer flies landing on your body, a smaller trap on your head is more practical (if you don't mind the embarrassment). Except when they are on people, traps only work well if they are in motion."

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 08:31 PM

View Postcache_test_dummies, on Aug 9 2007, 09:00 PM, said:

This Trolling Deer Fly Trap web page has some interesting information about how to capture those pesky deer flies. It also includes a suggestion for a stylish head-mounted version of the trap:

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"However, if you want to reduce the number of deer flies landing on your body, a smaller trap on your head is more practical (if you don't mind the embarrassment). Except when they are on people, traps only work well if they are in motion."


Let us know how that works for ya, ok? :laughing:

Should we call ya Conehead? :o

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Posted 10 August 2007 - 02:14 AM

View Postcache_test_dummies, on Aug 9 2007, 09:00 PM, said:

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Add a beanie propeller to the top, and I'll use it! Without a propeller, it just looks silly. :o

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Posted 10 August 2007 - 06:35 AM

View Postthe hermit crabs, on Aug 10 2007, 06:14 AM, said:

Add a beanie propeller to the top, and I'll use it! Without a propeller, it just looks silly. :wub:


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Good call - that does look much better! :laughing:

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Posted 11 August 2007 - 04:32 PM

When I go horseback riding I will usually carry a sheet of fabric softener. The dollar store brand even seems to work the best. So its cheaper than an umbrella and you smell mountain fresh. :P

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 07:33 AM

With the umbrella and hat on a stick -- someone suggested that for gnats -- the logic was that they are attracted to the highest thing.

Haven't had an opportunity to try it out yet.

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 07:36 AM

View PostJegMag, on Aug 12 2007, 07:33 AM, said:

With the umbrella and hat on a stick -- someone suggested that for gnats -- the logic was that they are attracted to the highest thing.

Haven't had an opportunity to try it out yet.

Well, that's something we should keep in mind too. Perhaps I should always cache with people taller than myself, and then I'll be all set! :unsure: :unsure: :unsure:

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 08:21 AM

Yup, that was suggested also!

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