Smells We Like, They Don’t
Look for other ingredients in sprays — or make your own with natural oils — that are believed to be offensive to horse flies. These include peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender, clove, rosemary, basil, tea tree, lemongrass, catnip and cedar.
Both deer flies and horse flies will actually burrow into your hair to bite your scalp. Wearing a hat will block them from biting the top of your head. And if your hat has a brim, it may keep flies off your face, ears and neck, as well.
Horse flies are attracted towards dark moving objects and carbon di-oxide, and this is how they locate a prey.
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Horseflies are most active in hot weather, mostly in summer and autumn during the daylight hours. Most species also prefer a wet environment, which makes it easier for them to breed. Eggs are generally laid on stones close to water or on plant stems or leaves.
How Long do Different types of Flies live?Fly NameLifespan as an Adult FlyTotal Lifespan of a Fly (Larva + Pupa + Adult)Face Fly7 – 14 days21 – 35 daysHorse Fly30 – 60 days1 – 3 yearsFlesh Fly10 – 14 days15 – 21 daysDeer Fly30 – 60 days1 – 3 years
‘Horsefly females have such strong, powerful mouthparts that they can sometimes bite you through your clothes,’ he says. ‘But obviously they are more likely to go for bare skin. ‘ It’s probably best to opt for loose-fitting clothing.
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In both species, only the females bite to feed on blood; the males feed on plant products. The insects leave saliva under the skin as they feed. The saliva briefly thins the blood and prevents it from clotting so that it is easier to feed on.
Horse flies attack large mammals, such as humans, dogs, and, of course, horses. They’re most attracted to moving objects and dark objects. They’re also attracted to carbon dioxide. This may explain why all of those outdoor summer activities that get you breathing heavy and sweating seem to bring out the horse flies.
Flies mostly sleep during night time however sometimes they also take short naps during day time. Generally, flies do not search for sleeping areas that are predator free, but instead they just sleep anywhere. Flies can be found sleeping on floor, walls, curtains, plant leaves etc.
Horse fly development sites are freshwater and saltwater marshes and streams, moist forest soils and even moist decomposing wood. Females usually deposit egg masses on wet soil or vegetation that overhangs water. Larvae are active in moist or wet organic matter and look similar to house fly maggots.
Vinegar. Vinegar can either be used as a fly spray or fed to your horse to keep flies away. … If using as a fly spray, mix one part distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar with one part water.
Maintain Your Yard
Horse flies love damp areas and hot weather, and it’s common to find them in pasturelands near creeks during the summer. Around homes, they enjoy weedy areas and long grass that can trap moisture and recreate the humid pasture habitat they love so much.