Before I decided to get rid of the OWB I went downback this spring and knocked down 15-18 maple trees , not big ones, but enough for a good start. Someone mentioned I should sell wood if i like cutting it so much to pay for my coal. Yesterday I figured i'd do just that and get those trees up. Haying is done and safe in the barn, so out I go on the four wheeler Man what a surprise, between the deer flies and horseflies they ran me slap out of the woods at a dead run. Normally they bug me until the saw starts, but didnt work that way this year. I always liked cutting wood when it was cool out and think Im gonna stick to that too.
Deer flies aim for the head and blue is the best color to attract them. I made up a hat with a blue plastic mixing bowl over a baseball cap. The mixing bowl surface is covered with sticky such as used in fly paper or the type used to put a bug barrier on trees. Using this you will clean out the deer flies in short order. I haven't had any now in years, where they used to be a real pest.
deerflies sure do target the head, they whack like kamakazee bombers! i waswearing a red n black cap with fly spray on it, thinkI'llpuss on the bowl, may run moreoil in gas mixture lol, it'll be cooler soon enough. they'll be gone, but sticky paper i just may try
The flies were a nuisance every summer. In 2006 I tried the fly paper on the straw hat over brown paper and the first time I rode around the lawn on the tractor I caught about 20 of them. The pictures are from 2007 and I have not had any since.
Oddly enough (knock on wood) the horseflies haven't been too bad this year, maybe because the neighbor now has about 20 horses at the new barn they are preoccupied. Then maybe having all the wasps, snakes, salamanders & such they take enough out, whatever I've not been missing them.
if you stick a coulple of somethings on that hat that look like big ole ears youll triple your kill. when ever I go through the woods in my truck,windows down, the deerflies follow my mirrors in flocks. No kidding. They dont even bother my arm in the open window. Im betting that if you taped a couple of stickey toilet paper rolls on the side of the helmet and please post a pic of you wearing the darn thing