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09-20-2012 12:32 AM
travlineasy
Re: Damn FLIES!

Gotta' agree with the fly swatters - I have two of them on the boat, one in the cockpit and one in the cabin.

Gary
09-19-2012 10:34 PM
chef2sail
Re: Damn FLIES!

Gary...good call.

Avon Skin So Soft works well. It is what most of the people in Jersey keep in the cupboards and cabinets and is a stable in your backback when you go to the beach before 11 AM or when their is a westerly breeze off of the marshes.

We spray our screens with it and it works somewhat. Flies like the lack of a breeze. They hide their. Our transom was covered ( 100s) with greenheads when we came up the Delaware. They were like reenforcements. The more we killed,,,their replacement popped up.

Good screens, citronella, skin so soft are somewhat hwlpful, but what a flyswatter does is kill them dead.

Dave
09-19-2012 09:13 PM
travlineasy
Re: Damn FLIES!

I solved the screen problem on the boat several years ago when I discovered that a mix of 50/50 water and Skin So Soft sprayed on the screen kept all insects out. Spiders, no-see-ums, tiny flies, etc..., will NOT cross a line of Skin-So-Soft. The reason being is that nearly all insects breath through their thorax. Skin-So-Soft vapors are extremely dense and prevents them from breathing, so they avoid it like the plague.

I use the same mix of Skin-So-Soft at home in front of the patio sliding glass doors, and it keeps carpenter ants, ear wigs, centipedes and sweet ants from entering the basement through the door tracks. When I tried it on the boat screens I was amazed to see those tiny spiders walk up to the screen and stop dead in their tracks. Many walked in circles around the ports looking for another way to enter and finally just gave up.

Works for me,

Gary
09-19-2012 08:54 PM
hellosailor
Re: Damn FLIES!

There's different qualities of screens, no-see-um-proof and otherwise. Good point about the breeze reduction. I wonder, if you towed a dink 100 yards down with fifty pounds of fresh manure and fifty more pounds of rotting meat...would the flies go there instead of bugging you?

I figure, if a fly could figure out how to kill me and eat me, it would. So fair's fair, if I kill the fly first. One could say, "Flit® happens!". (G)
09-19-2012 05:52 PM
eherlihy
Re: Damn FLIES!

I have had good luck with this;


Works for both mosquitoes & black flies...

Not as entertaining as a bulldog though....
09-19-2012 05:18 PM
Cruisingdad
Re: Damn FLIES!

Quote:
Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
Brian, try the pyrethrin. A conventional screen won't absorb any, but a "no-see'um-proof" screen might. Or, a bolt of treated cheesecloth would absorb it, and could be taken out and laid over the regular screen or hatchway when you wanted to kill the critters.
I dont want to kill them. I want them to not like the smell and go away (thus, the favorable Sea Ray).

BTW, that no see-um screen is so tight that, while it works, the bloody boat gets hotter than the devil. No wind gets through either. My experience!!

On a more humorus note, we find it quite entertaining watching Fatty (our bulldog) snapping at flies and chasing them around. Its one of the few things that will wake her up!!

Brian
09-19-2012 04:57 PM
hellosailor
Re: Damn FLIES!

Brian, try the pyrethrin. A conventional screen won't absorb any, but a "no-see'um-proof" screen might. Or, a bolt of treated cheesecloth would absorb it, and could be taken out and laid over the regular screen or hatchway when you wanted to kill the critters.
09-19-2012 04:31 PM
Cruisingdad
Re: Damn FLIES!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Harborless View Post
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.
09-19-2012 04:22 PM
Matelot
Re: Damn FLIES!

You could try nailing a cows arshole to the mast ....... Sorry
09-19-2012 02:31 PM
Harborless
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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