So tiny, but they pack a big bite. Blackflies are attracted to darker colours, so wear light coloured clothing whenever possible. They can't usually bite through clothing, but will get up your sleeves and pants, so try tucking your pants into your socks or boots and rubber bands around your wrists on your long sleeves. Insect repellant containing Deet can provide some temporary relief - but always read the label and use caution with kids...you can try putting it on their clothing and hats instead. If you're doing some yard work, try wearing a bug head net, it will keep them out of your face.
For your dogs, some people swear putting Vicks vapo rub or vaseline on their ears and bellies helps to keep them from being bitten. There are also bug repellants available at your vet's or pet store.
These nasty pests can carry disease (especially West Nile virus) and can bite through clothing, as we all know. Products containing Deet will deter them, but again use caution and read the label for safety instructions.
Want a fun, "take-that" tool to use against mosquitoes? Buy a bug zapper racquet, it looks like a small badminton racquet, costs about $5 or $6 and is available at local hardware stores (Minden Home Hardware sells them). As you're sitting on your porch, you can swat these pests and they are zapped with a little electrical current and killed. Obviously you won't eliminate the problem, but I find itvery satisfying swatting them one by one and saying "Gotcha!".
We also swear spraying regular scent Listerine around the outside of our windows & doors and on the deck boards, helps to keep them at bay.
Check out this link to Health Canada about mosquito control. Also, this link to Health Canada West Nile Virus for information on this disease and more info on safe insect repellant use.
Let's hope for a quick, hot 2 week blast this spring to help get rid of those blackflies!
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