I was riding my mountain bike in the woods last week WAY TOO FAST trying to escape the posse of deer flies that was circling my head. Temperatures were in the high 80's, humidity was thick, and I was thinking "bring on the Fall!" And it was barely the beginning of July....
Has Summer lost it's allure? Why can't I just enjoy the Great Outdoors?
Blame it on the Deer Fly and his even more vicious cousin the Green-Headed fly.
Then my brother-in-law sent me the picture that (I'm hoping) will change my life. Put a big patch of sticky fly-tape on the back of your hat. Better yet, build a couple antennae out of clothes hangers, stick them through the air-holes on your hat, and run a strip of fly tape between them 6" ABOVE your head. Flies go to the highest point on your body, so go tall. A stove-pipe hat might do the trick.
The internet says flies are attracted to the color blue, and I can attest to this FACT from having spent over a month above the Arctic Circle with a blue and white striped shirt... so ditch the blue.
Regular bug spray doesn't work so well on these guys, though citronella seems to be marginally effective.
Another proven winner is to take my wife along on hikes. Bugs like her far better than me. She's available for daily hiking rentals, but the price is quite high and her cursing may not be suitable for young children.
Let me know what remedies others have found effective; if my new antennae rig doesn't work, I'll be hanging up the mountain bike and leading the life of an "Avid Indoorsman" until September rolls around!