How to get rid of deer flies? - Knowledgebase Question

Clarkston, Mi
Question by karen158
June 5, 2009
I can't find anything on how to get rid of or discourage deer flies. They make it impossible to enjoy the outdoors from late June to September. Any ideas?


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Answer from NGA
June 5, 2009

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Unfortunately, there are no satisfactory methods for control of horse flies and deer flies. It is impractical in most regions to eliminate their breeding areas. Repellants containing DEET (N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) do not prevent flies from landing, although they may inhibit the flies from biting. Wish I had more to share. You might contact your local cooperative extension office for additional ideas. There may be an abatement programe in your county. Contact MSU cooperative extension, 820 E Grand River Ave, Howell, MI - (517) 546-3950. Best wishes with your garden!


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