If you are anything like me and I suspect you are or you wouldn’t be reading The Cottage Chronicles, you are more than a little aware that with the end of winter comes the next season, and we con’t call it “Spring” around here…we call it “Black Fly Season”.
Now I know that it’s kind of hard to remember the flies while you are shovelling snow off your driveway but trust me, they are just around the corner, waiting for the swamp to thaw so they can take to the air and find you….yes…you…they won’t be bothering me because I am ordering three bottles of Deep Woods Off Insect Repellent V Spray, Unscented – 23.8% DEET 6 Oz, 3 Pack and I’m not sharing them either….
When it comes to fly and insect repellents in my opinion after years of fishing and outdoor life at the cottage you cannot beat Deep Woods Off. In fact, from May until September I wear it as after shave lotion. These spray cans have no CFC’s or other ozone depleting substances and it really does provide long lasting protection from mosquitoes, ticks, (including ticks that cause Lyme disease) and biting flies: stable flies, black flies, sand flies and deer flies. Also repels chiggers, fleas, gnats and no-see-ums (they’re the worst)from treated skin and clothing. Off! Deep Woods Insect Repellent V gives effective protection and is not greasy, won’t stain and resists perspiration, and I think the girl I go with likes the scent….
Of course I will also be wearing this stylish Camp Inn Bug Jacket which is a nice addition to the Deep Woods repellent and makes me a virtual fortress against all manner of things buggy.
So when the rest of the cottagers are inside lamenting the hordes of flies and looking out the window they will see me, peacefully fishing or gardening without being bugged….
These days with lyme disease and bird flu and who knows what other desperate illness insects are trying to pass along to us, being protected is more and more important…think of the fly repellent spray and bug suit as a condom and spermicide combination….ok…maybe not…but you get the picture…
You can do some things to improve the fly and bug situation around your cottage and it doesn’t involve paving the whole place either, although I have threatened to do that in past years.
The first thing to do is get rid of standing water, water left in barrels and wheel barrows, cut brush and bushes back away from your cottage or living area, keep your grass cut fairly short, especially in the height of fly season. As much as we all love trees, and I am a tree hugger, (that’s another story) cut low branches off and thin out dense areas of trees to encourage a little bit of breeze to blow through.
Try to schedule your wood cutting or grass cutting for the middle of the day when a good wind is blowing and fly activity is at it’s lowest point in the day. Encouraging some bats and small birds around your property will also help keep the flies in check. If none of that works, dowse yourself in Insect Repellent slip on your bug suit and enjoy life at the cottage!!
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