I can’t tell you how many times I have been working on a project outside in the summer months, focused and sweaty when all of a sudden I feel that jabbing, stinging pain that only a deer fly can produce. Immediately, the site swells up and unless I happened to be quick enough to swat it mid bite, it will be back …again and again!
But you don’t have to take my personal experience as the only evidence of how miserable these biting flies can be . . .
“The bites of female . . . deer flies are painful and, if numerous enough, can disrupt recreational activities and even the harvesting of some agricultural crops. Their mouthparts include two pairs of cutting “blades” that lacerate skin and cause flow of blood out of the wound, which females lap up with a sponge-like mouthpart. Males have similar, but much weaker mouthparts. They are not capable of biting and do not feed on blood.” https://extension.entm.purdue.edu/publichealth/insects/tabanid.html
Don’t just take my word for it . . . the proof is in the pudding(or the video)as they say.
So, what to do about this problem? Traditional repellents like those containing DEET just don’t do the job. Deer flies, unlike mosquitoes, are not just attracted by CO2 but they are also enticed by movement, size, shape and dark color. This pretty much means that a moving human outside is a perfect target. Thankfully, The PeeMan has an answer! NEW DeerFly Stoppers make it possible for hikers, runners, boaters, bikers, those who work outdoors to beat the biting nuisances at their own game. Simply apply one of the adhesive strips to the back of a hat and you’re good to go. The flies can’t resist the flesh-colored deer fly trap – they land, they’re stuck, they’re done.
Don’t let deer flies ruin your summer outdoor recreation and work. Get some DeerFly Stoppers now. I know I will be using them this summer and my wife will be sure to use them on her vacation running in the woods of Maine.