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Re: Damn FLIES!

Na! not the greasy kid's stuff.
This is what works.

The ORIGINAL Bug Shirt - protection from biting insects without repellents since 1991

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i use dagger(is mexican, awesome stuff) and my green tennis racket looking zapper and for skeeters, i use autan, is also mexican, and only thing i have ever found that works for me...skin so soft does nothing for skeeters or flies for me. they seem to love it.
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water bag.

snopes.com: Water-Filled Baggies Repel Flies
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aaahh, but the snopes folks said UNDETERMINED...so it isnt something that always works--i had that inm y boat, as i learned it at lulus on icw in alabama---seemed to work there, but it didnt in my boat in kali or mexico--mebbe is the locale.....
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Not a repellent, but the electric zappers shaped like tennis rackets are a blast to use. I got one for each of my 3 sons. They serve two purposes, keep the boys busy, and reduce the local fly population.
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Cigars, cigarettes, citronella candles placed at floor level.
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Re: Damn FLIES!

I think I will have to get one of those tennis racket looking bug-zappers for sure. Chris would be absolutely thrilled and entertained. For someone who loves and respects nature so much, he sure does love killing the flies!

I saw the thread about the greenheads, but those mostly offered suggestions like bug sprays and such. I don't like to lather myself up in smelly sprays/lotions, and DEET is toxic to dogs.

Mostly looking for a way to keep the flies from coming into and around the boat in such plentiful numbers, as I know it's probably impossible to keep them away entirely. I did find one suggestion online that I want to try: get an apple scented dish soap and a mason jar. Fill an inch of soap, then an inch of water. Set outside in the cockpit, and the flies will go down into the jar and drown. There's a variation where you put sugar and water, but apparently the dish soap works and sugar doesn't. Don't ask me why.
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Re: Damn FLIES!

The tried and true method for keeping out the biting insects in the bahamas is a mix of diesel fuel and turpentine applied to any screens or around any openings/hatches.
The biting flies in the bahamas are small enough to go through the mesh screens so the diesl turpentine mix keeps them out.
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You could try nailing a cows arshole to the mast ....... Sorry
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The tried and true method for keeping out the biting insects in the bahamas is a mix of diesel fuel and turpentine applied to any screens or around any openings/hatches.
The biting flies in the bahamas are small enough to go through the mesh screens so the diesl turpentine mix keeps them out.
I heard someone else talking about that. I have never done it. We keep a screen mesh to lay over the hatch when open.

I think Melody was on the right track with the attractant. Only thing I would change is putting it into a large sprayer and coating the closest Sea Ray. The enemy of my enemy, etc...

Brian

PS In all seriousness, fans work, Melody. We have also sprayed the screen with bug spray. I have always wondered if a stong water mixture of basil water would work too??? Don't know, but most other bugs dont like it.
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