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Yuck. We fortunately haven't found ourselves in that situation, but I had a newfound appreciation for those who have when we were in Chocomount Cove on Fishers Island last month. All of a sudden there were tons of biting flies that seemed to come out of nowhere. We were killing them for a half hour after we had raised the anchor and run away. Hopefully they'll die off for you soon, Gary.
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.....The only drop dead insect killer I know of is wasp spray, which is made of capsaicin.....
Chili pepper extract? Seemed odd, so I had a look at the can under my kitchen sink. Has a bunch of 20 letter words, but not capsaicin. Derivatives?


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Stable flies this year are incredibly bad on the upper Chesapeake.
Stable flies look like house flies; but, have a large rasp shaped proboscis that they JAM into you to get the blood. They hurt like hell, worse than green-heads (same type of raspy proboscis).

Two repellents that work:
1. A product called "NO NATZ" (NONATZ, POB1044, Dublin Ga -www.nonatz.com), composed of Rosemary Oil, Lemongrass oil as active ingredients. A favorite of mine spring and summer vs. no-seeums, gnats and stable flies.
2. Noxema Skin Cream (Blue Jar) ... just wipe it on thick so there is a visible whitish paste. Such is good for the massive plagues of gnats & black flies of the far north.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stable_fly
http://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/stable-fly.htm
Those are the buggers that accosted me at Fischers Island!


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Ok, you all are making me want to just stay in my nice, air-conditioned, bug-free house LOL!

Meanwhile, I bought noseeum fabric to make hatch covers, and found the POs flyswatter. Think I'll get a new one or 10.

My youngest will have a heart attack right on the boat if we ever encounter swarms of flies. One mud-dauber wasp had him in hysterics and a total meltdown. Sigh.

At least the wasp trap we tied to our piling is helping, though one wasp has managed to avoid it. I have to spray something in the area where the mast runs up through the deck - that is a spot where the mud-dauber keeps going. Just one. Oh, and I found new mud on the mainsail at one point. Grrr.


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Re: Flies, flies and more flies...

I have found this stuff works to deter the greenheads on the Delaware Bay;

Bug Repellent Sunscreen SPF 34 Badger - Safe, All Natural Protection for the Whole Family

Some may land but leave before slashing exposed skin.

It also deers mosquitos, no-sums, midges and other biting insects.
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Minewaska, take a look at Wasp Spray for Self-Defense? : snopes.com

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I had a short delivery yesterday from Annapolis to Patapsco. Moving a broken boat for repair is enough of an issue without the "slap the fly" dance. It was grim.

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Sounds like a nasty delivery, Dave. Glad I was at home - too hot for this old codger.

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Windy Mitman Clarke article...

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Sounds like a nasty delivery, Dave. Glad I was at home - too hot for this old codger.
It wasn't that bad. I was off the dock at 7a and in the slings at 9a. Twin engine express cruiser running on one engine - no rudders, just out drives. Had to be on my toes getting out of the marina and then backing into the slings. The flies were nasty. The two rain showers seemed to help but around those the flies were everywhere.

8 kts on an express cruiser gave lots of time to catch up on podcasts.

sail fast and eat well, dave S/V Auspicious

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