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  • Need help with deer flies

    Created by DelKentCO on

    I think they are deer flies. They hang out by my front porch and attack on my way to the car. You can only swat them when they bite. It stings a bit. Any good way to get rid of them and make them live some place else. Thanks!

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    Anonymous

    I wish there was a way to make them go somewhere else but I haven't figured that one out yet! My family is tortured daily with the attack of deer flies. I've been experimenting with deer fly traps. Since they are "attack" predators, they wait for you to move then go after you. It takes a 6" blue plastic pot/pail and Tanglefoot adhesive spray. Mount the pot on a long ord so that it will move (like your head) and then spray with Tanglefoot -I found this product here at Planet Natural. You can walk around with this contraption or mount it to a lawn mower or similar vehicle and "troll" for the pests. You should trap a bunch of deer flies in no time. Good luck!

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    E. Vinje
    Keymaster

    Hello –

    Getting rid of deer flies is tough. You can try traps, but we have noticed limited success using them. Repellents work well, but who wants to slather them on every time you walk out the door. Your best bet may be to dress appropriately and cover exposed parts to reduce bites. We’ve found that Deerfly Patches work great when attached to the back of your hat. Attacking flies become trapped on the sticky surface. Just chuck them out when full.

    Deerfly Patches

    Hope this helps!

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