Deer flies are water breeders and can travel long distances, making them impossible to control in their larval stages. However, there are a few ways to help keep them away from you. BugPellent Gel is a good repellent if they are bothering you while out riding. If they bother you more in a specific spot, such as near a pool or in a back yard, etc., then a trap may be another way to go. There are traps that you can build yourself. You can search online for plans to build the home made version by searching for Manitoba Trap. For deer flies, another trap that works pretty well is to get something like a kickball and paint it blue (deer flies are particularly attracted to blue), then cover the ball in a product called Tanglefoot (you can usually find this at places like HomeDepot), then hang the sticky blue ball in a tree near where you spend time.
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Horse Girl, What about my favorite StarBar Bite Free Stable Fly Trap, sold by Spaulding??? Forget about do it yourself 'traps'. This trap works amazing!!! Walt
Thanks a great point Walter! Thanks!! ;-)
The StarBar Bite Free Stable Fly Trap (www.spalding-labs.com/.../biting_stable_fly_trap.aspx) do work great. These make at home traps work with Deer Flies too.
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