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DEER FLY

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Deer Fly Biology and Identification

Deer flies are usually pests of domestic and wild animals, but will annoy and bite humans as well.  The Deer Fly feeds by sucking blood from its host and causes a painful bite.  These pests are closely related to horse flies and are often confused with Horse flies; Deer flies are a little smaller in size than the horse fly.   The wings of deer fly have dark markings and their body is tan or dark in color.

The female Deer Fly feeds on animal blood; male Deer Flies collect pollen.  Deer flies deposit their eggs in damp areas around bays, lakes, ponds or swamps.  The larvae of this fly feeds on insects and can be found developing in wet areas.
Since the best fly extermination program (for most fly species) involves ridding the area of the fly's breeding and feeding source, biting flies are most difficult to exterminate.

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Eliminating Deer Flies
  • The nature of this fly makes it impossible to eliminate through spraying programs.  If Deer Flies are found inside a structure, make sure that all possible entry points have been eliminated.  If necessary, a pyrethrin aerosol can be used in these rare instances.
  • Horses, cattle and dogs can be sprayed or washed with an approved Permethrin solution.  Use only Permethrin products that are labeled for animals.
  • For extra protection from biting flies (as well as chiggers, punkies, no-see-ums, etc.) there are products made for applying to your skin and others for applying to your clothing.  DEET is used extensively for repelling or killing various insects on people but is not always as effective on biting flies as it is on mosquitoes, ticks and a few flies.  The best biting fly repellent (for human use) is Sawyer's Broad Spectrum Composite Spray.  Broad Spectrum contains the perfect combination of DEET and R-326 which is effective against biting flies.

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