What Essential Oils Repel Black Flies?

What Essential Oils Repel Black Flies?

Great question!  There are many essential oils when applied to your skin that Black Flies do not like.  These are just some of them: 
  • Eucalyptus,Tea Tree, Lemon, Lemongrass/Citronella, Lavender, Rosemary, and
  • Clove.
  • However, any essential oil will not prevent black flies from finding you and swarming unmercifully trying to find a place that you missed on their lunch or dinner buffet!
  • Today, science has proven that mosquitoes, black flies, no see um, chiggers, minges, deer 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. 

    That is why Ole Time Woodsman Fly Dope says, "If they cannot find you, they cannot bite you!"

    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.

  • Date:

    Sun, Jul 28, 2019 4:45 pm



    Just took this camping this weekend, put some on a bandana just like when I was a kid. Not a bite! Thank you!

    David C.

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    The ingredients are: Pine Tar, Paraffin, Oil of Bay, Citronella, Camphor, Pennyroyal, and liquid smoke.


    What are the ingredients? I want to make sure my family will not be allergic to anything in it

    Jessica L Cozza

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