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Any thing any one know of that will keep these little bastards from biting my ankles? They draw blood!
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Cut your legs off at the knees.

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Re: Bitey flies on Lake Michigan

Avon Skin So Soft - the only thing that I know that stops them. We call them marsh flies down in the lower Chesapeake, and they're deadly in Crisfield and the mouth of the Potomac near Point Lookout. I keep a large bottle of Skin So Soft on the boat at all times. They begin biting down here sometime in July and don't stop until mid October on a warmer year.

BTW: I think I've tried every commercial repellent known to man - none of them worked!

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Re: Bitey flies on Lake Michigan

As a veteran of Lake Michigan flies let me say, first you need to avoid the paths they fly. Never sail downwind from a crib. You will be swarmed.

Then you need to outrun them. Do your best to keep the boat moving, even in light winds. If all else fails, turn on the iron genny and get the hell out of there!

Lake Michigan flies once drove me to sadism. Think dropping syrup on their wings while they feasted on the remains of my breakfast. I'll probably go to hell.

Skin So Soft is great for mosquitoes but I never tried them on LM flies. If it works, we need to pour a few thousand gallons on the cribs. They they will fly out over the lake and have no place to rest and end up as fish food.
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Re: Bitey flies on Lake Michigan

Skin so soft works well with the dreaded NJ state bird the greenhead fly. Long cotton clothes help also


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Re: Bitey flies on Lake Michigan

To our horror we "discovered" the biting flies of Lake Superior a few years ago! Yikes! The only solution we could find was to move on faster than they could follow. Sitting on a beautiful beach enjoying that gorgeous lake they found us. I will take black flies any day.

We don't have those devils in Maine. Moose flies are as close as it gets. If you are suddenly beset upon by a cloud of hungry flies while out in the Maine woods, look up! There is a moose nearby.

Mother Nature has to eat, too!

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Re: Bitey flies on Lake Michigan

Screens!!!!

Dave, did you have Avon with you last year?
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Re: Bitey flies on Lake Michigan

I just call these devil's ankle-biters. Look a bit like houseflies, but ain't! Will draw blood, leave a nasty itchy welt, and are fast too boot.

They prefer to attack the lower ankles when you're standing around, igoring even bare legs and biting through your socks (assuming you wear socks). So one trick I've found that works wonders is to roll up your socks quite thickly around your lower ankles. Leave a good size patch of sock where they can go, but make it thick. They will bite, but can't get through.

I know it sounds dubious, but try it. It works.

Why go fast, when you can go slow.
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I use smelly creamy stuff for the bitey flies normally
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Screens!!!!

Dave, did you have Avon with you last year?
Yes. Nothing stopped them last year. The carnivorous green head fly had us in long sleeves and long pants up the Delaware River for 7 hours. The drove us insane, or more insane We broke two fly swatters and no lie had over 200 kills each.

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