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Jul 15, 2018 4:49 AM CST
East-Central Mississippi (Zone 8a)
Any silver lining could have clouds
Cactus and Succulents Region: Mississippi Native Plants and Wildflowers Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
greene said:

I was actually working on an article for biting flies when NGA decided they no longer wanted our articles. No worries. We now have a forum for our articles. My article about biting flies is not yet complete as I need the flies to show up so I can add photos to make the article complete.

Here is the basic information. The biting flies, for the most part, deposit their eggs on vegetation that is situated so the newly hatched larva will fall into the water, like a pond. Several critters feed on the larvae and whatever doesn't get eaten becomes an adult fly. It is the females that need a blood meal so they bite. Ouch. Yep, don't like it.

Buy some TangleFoot/TangleTrap. It comes in either a liquid with a built-in applicator attached to the lid, or a spray which costs a bit more but some folks find it more convenient.

The biting flies in my area are attracted to the color blue (think Lowe's blue). Get that color, attach a wire or string so you can hang it, preferably in the shade, paint or spray the TangleFoot onto the blue item, hang it up and wait. The biting flies are most active when the sun comes up and again when the sun is retiring for the night. If you hang the item so it will sway in the breeze, like hanging from a tree branch, the movement will more likely attract the attention of the biting fly.

Here is the product. (Available at hardware stores or online).
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Here is the color blue that works for the local biting flies. There are plastic drink cups in the correct color.
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Or you can buy some fun size Mounds candy and repurpose the outer wrapper.
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And if you are a bit crazy like my plant friend who did the can attach a blue cup to your hat, smear the cup with TangleFoot and go for a walk at the appropriate times of day to reduce the population of biting flies. I don't have a photo of my friend wearing her fly-catching hat so my Teddy bear was kind enough to stand in so you could see the method.
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Hope this helps!! Thumbs up

I was researching this product and the hat idea, and it seems that it is a very old solution. I came across an old photo showing how they were testing the strength of the adhesive by applying it to a football helmet. Judging by the football helmet, this was probably in the 50's or earlier, and I'd say they were quite advanced with the adhesive formula; this guy looks like he's stuck pretty good. Blinking

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Radly Sticking tongue out
"He who says his plants are always bigger & better than anyone else's and his grass, greener, is likely feeding them manure, like he's feeding you." ~Radly
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