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Today''s tip of the day (which by the way is a rerun) states that a fabric softener sheet tucked in ones shirt pocket discourages insects. This is not true as I tried it this summer on several occasions. The softener sheets have a somewhat sweet smell. I maintain that it actually attracts the little suckers! The sheets do make the bunk sheets, linens and galley towels smell nice. If anyone has the answer to a fly/bug repellant (other than the obvious chemical sprays) you have just earned yourself two sailboat rides on Lake Michigan, a retail value of $450!
 

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Denr,
I believe only the BOUNCE brand softner sheets work to keep the pesky biters away. I''ve tried it seems to work for us.
 

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Ahoy Denr, I use a shotgun and lots of practice. For years I used the ZEN method of acknowledgement and dismisal of the annoyance but I''ve found more enjoyment in my kill em all method latley. Did I win at least a laugh? Big Red56
 

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Thanks for the smile. I''ve tried your method of fly removal but patching the holes in the boat took too much time away from sailing. Inasmuch as you own a boat, you''ll probably take a pass on the sailboat ride for correctly answering the tip of the day question so I''ll send you the money instead. Next quandary....what is the meaning of life?
 

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...but to answer your original question; Try using cedar. You can purchase red cedar in strips or convienently cut into little balls. Spread them around your locker<s> and the insects stay away and your clothes smell like your Grandma''s.

It works well for me and even keeps the [email protected] middle east cockroaches out of the boat.

-Fred
 

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200 years ago the cowboys thought that if you put a horse hair rope around your bed roll at night the rattle snakes would not venture across it because it tickled there chin,,,,,,a lot of men died thinking this.My point is anchor farther off shore,there is nothing that works all the time but greesy old repelent
 

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Ahoy Denr, The meaning of life is sailing. As far as a real answer the bugs are attracted by body heat and the emission of
CO2 by humans and animals. Most commercial products try to mask this so the little buggers can''t home in on you. Anything that does a similar function will work wether on you or in the air around you. Big Red 56
 

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I did not receive it, maybe the bugs ate it! Try sending it again if you would please.
 

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BigRed56, do you have a patch over one of your eyes, a wooden peg leg, a red bandanna around your head and enjoy raping and pillaging by any chance? Yo Ho!
 

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Ahoy , Denr, never by chance I can assure you. No patches yet but lots of really nasty looking scars (true), I''ve got two good legs as long as this stainless chainplate in my spine stays in place. and as far as my liesure time activities you mentioned you''d have to ask the women or little boys who enjoyed my unsavory advances or my investment banker why he never asks where to money comes from . I''ve got that natural red bandana of hair on my head but I much prefer the red blood of my victims on thier decks as I pick through thier belongings looking for the manual for this stinking GPS!! Better to be RED than DEAD I say so sign articles wit me or I''ll cut you up for bait, matey. arrh.
 

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The problem on Lake Michigan is flies. I do not think there is anything that is 100% effective against them. In my experience DEET has some effect, but it is not great. I have also had some success with Citranella (spelling?)sprays, but again only marginal. Last summer the second week in August while crossing the lake was the worst I have ever encountered, the boat filled with flies during the night. In the morning and through the day in the 90s+ and with zero wind they began biting. They damn near drove myself and crew batty - just part of the experience I guess. Later that week we crossed back at the narrows in a tad under 7.5 hrs, in the sun, and with 20 knots on the beam - the better part of the experience I''m positive.

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