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03-26-2007 10:58 PM
sailingdog In my experience, the green-head flies are nearly bulletproof... you have to destroy them to kill them... otherwise, all you'll do is stun them, and they come back with a vengeance.
03-26-2007 12:17 PM
eherlihy Tossing them into the sea won't do it. They can swim. I suggest stepping on them before tossing. (Yes, I really hate them.)
03-26-2007 12:13 PM
TrueBlue The shooter had such velocity that it knocks them on their little butts, killing them in most cases. But at times they are such tough buggers, they recover in a few seconds. I always pick them up immediately and toss them into the sea before they get another chance to bite.
03-26-2007 12:05 PM
eherlihy I am suprised that the gun works against the dreaded "Green-heads." I have frequently swatted the little buggers (a good hit too!), they fall, wait a minuite, shake it off, fly back and bite me again! I have since learned that when defending against them that the job isn't done unless I see guts, or I pull a wing off.

My wife thought I was sadistic, until she had it happen to her a couple of times. Now, she's a sadist too!
03-26-2007 12:01 PM
In the Quiet Coves......

TB - Come on up the Bay a bit to my marina in Mill Cove in Wickford for some serious no-see-um infestation As soon as the afternoon SWesterly dies down they swarm out to get ya... Good old Avon Skin So Soft is my cologne of choice for the summer months but sometimes I have to use some of the heavy duty chemicals with DEET etc... when leaving windows and doors open if I'm to lazy to screen up to keep them out of the boat.
03-26-2007 11:57 AM
sailortjk1 My daughter and wife found the same shooter. One day I'm in the cockpit and they are down below laughing the butts off killing flys with the Flyshooter. It was a good time for all....... except the horse flies.
03-26-2007 10:45 AM
TrueBlue We don't get many noseeums on our waters, but along some Bay Island shorelines green-head flies are more than a nuisance. They seem more prolific in areas highly populated by deer, during hot weather - mid August being the peak. Since they literally tear the skin's surface open to suck blood, their bites are very painful.

Of course a poor defense against noseeums, but one great weapon I have found to combat these greenheads, is my trusty flyshooter.

It's deadly, fun and accurate. These bloodsucking flies are constantly seeking shade against the sun, so when they find their way into our pilothouse and cabins, the target shooting begins. An attached string makes reloading fast and easy. Mysteriously though, they disappear at night - replaced by mosquitos.
03-26-2007 10:37 AM
eherlihy You may want to check out the NON Camo model.
The lantern looks good to me!

Refills are about $6 or 10 for $50
03-26-2007 10:13 AM
sailortjk1 Its camo because Home Depot is marketing it as a hunting accessory.
The dialog states that it works well on boats also.

I'll pay the expense if in fact it works. Here we don't get a whole lot of no see ems. Occasionaly is all.
We get the giant black flies. Nasty as well and you can definitely see em.
How much are the refills? I did not find that info on the page.
03-26-2007 10:13 AM
sailhog So that if you misplace it, you won't be able to find it again. Camo costs a little more, but it's money well spent.
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