You want a deer fly repellent to keep deer flies from dive bombing you while hiking, camping, working the the yard. This repellent works by catching the deer flies on a piece of sticky tape. I know it sounds weird, but it works.
These 19 deer flies are from one 45 minute walk in the woods with the Labradors. I check my hat a few times during the walk and thwack the flies with my finger to make sure they aren't going to fly off and bother someone else.
I wrote about this in a earlier post, How I Get Rid Of Deer Flies, but I wanted to show you just how well this tape works.
Like me, you are thinking, “Oh, I can just go buy some double stick tape.” No, it doesn't work. I tried that.
Besides, if you buy these Deer Fly Patches in bulk, its about the same as the cost of a roll of tape, and easier to carry with you. I don't know of any other deer fly repellent that works as well.
Its peace of mind to work in the yard or go on a walk and not worry about getting a deer fly bite, which aren't fun. Yes, the flies still fly around you, but they end up landing on the patch, not your neck or arms.
Deer flies tend to stay along the tree line, and park themselves on plants waiting for someone or an animal to walk by. Our yard is surrounded by woods, so its a perfect habitat for them. I've found they flies are more active on hotter days. If its cool out, they flies are not out.
I'll have to research it more, but its very interesting how the deer flies know to land right between the eyes of my Labradors, and bite them. And the Labs usually don't know what's going on. If I approach one of the dogs from behind I can sometimes nail the fly.