What Will Repel Deer Flies?
Here is a simple guide to help you determine what the most effective deer fly repellent that is being offered on the market today. Read the instructions. If the repellent requires that you anoint your entire body with some chemical or solution, then I guarantee it is NOT the most effective deer fly repellent!
Here is why: Today, science has proven that mosquitoes, black flies, no see um, chiggers, minges, deer flies, yellow flies,and ticks are all attracted to one thing......the carbon dioxide flume that all humans and animals exhale when they breathe! (Research the Research) And, science has also proven that certain fragrances will interfere with an insect's ability to detect carbon dioxide. Go figure!
Back in 1910, when fly fisherman Obie Sherer was being chased from his favorite fishing hole in Maine by a hungry horde of black flies that he noticed a local Native American sitting peaceably by the stream without a biting insect in sight! Now this was way before chemical bug repellents became in vogue. Deet was not patented until 1946.
Somewhere in his mind, either by chance or his love of fly fishing, Obie reckoned that a particular blend of natural fragrances from living in the woods could protect a person from biting insects! Using a base formula that hunters in the day applied to themselves to camouflage their human scent, Obie developed a product that he called Ole Time Woodsman Fly Dope. Soon thereafter a logging foreman saw Obie peaceably fishing in his favorite spot. A handshake contract was made and the first commercial batch of Fly Dope was sold.
Just took this camping this weekend, put some on a bandana just like when I was a kid. Not a bite! Thank you!