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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

They darken the sky

I'm thinking about running outside and fetching my wheelbarrow and a few other tools. They were abandoned in haste. I don't think it's safe to go outside again. Yes, it's black fly season here in the North Country. They drove me away from outside project.

Those little bloodsuckers are everywhere. The last couple of years we didn't really have a black fly season. It was weird, but nice. It's like a really warm day in the middle of the winter. You know it's not natural, but you can't help but enjoy it. This year they are back in force.

It's nice for the critters who eat bugs. I shooed a toad as big as my fist off my porch the other day. He was eating well. Unintentionally, I've eaten a few myself. When the air is too thick with bugs to breath, accidents happen.

If they follow the normal pattern, in a few weeks they should taper down to a more bearable level. By then, the mosquitoes, and horse flies will pick up the slack.

-Sixbears

10 comments:

  1. I wonder if a Thermacell repellent would help with the black fly? (sold on Amazon) I know they work well on mosquitos. Just thought I'd throw it out there.

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  2. I get reactions to many different bug repellents. Most of the ones with "natural" ingredients send me into horrible racking coughing fits. I can handle DEET, but use it sparingly, as it's nasty stuff. Takes the varnish right off my canoe paddles.

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  3. Sounds like you are really being bugged. And I don't mean by big brother.

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  4. If you try that electronic device out that the Orange Jeep Dad told you about, let us know how it works on black flies.

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  5. It looks like a fan system for dispersing insecticide in the air. I'd still have to breath it in. I did once try electronic devices that were supposed to repel mosquitoes with special sounds. I believe one sound was that of dragon fly wings. They worked, mostly, on mosquitoes. Black flies and horse flies were not impressed in the least.

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  6. develop a recipie for them along with a rumor that they are better than vigrae..

    that will eliminate them

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  7. The one benefit of our drought: no 'skeeters. Deer flies and house flies however... And now the June bugs are here. Cant sit outside anywhere near a light after dark. June bugs must be nature's DUMBEST insect!

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  8. We get June bugs. Yep, dumb, and with velcro legs that stick to everything. Good for smacking into while on a motorcycle.

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  9. We get the wee pesties here in Western Maine as well. I have a funny screened hat that I wear when I am in the garden. My other survival technique is to try to plant as many of my cold weather crops before the critters hatch out.

    I recently heard that pachouli oil is a bug deterrent as well. But I am trying to find local sources. Geranium, lemon balm and peppermint all grown in the garden. It is not that hard to extract the essential oils from these plants.

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  10. We call pachouli the smell of hippies. I'm cool with it. Only problem is that it pretty much has to be applied every 15 minutes.

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