Wilderness Safety and the TRUTH about Wilderness Survival: Treating "wild water."
My opinion on this topic is in accord with the C.D.C. and the E.P.A., so to keep the recor...Read more
Does anyone have any suggestions for a biting fly repellent? I work on a ranch in Montana and we have a serious problem with horse flies and deer flies. The bites turn into welts when I get bit. I have tried the plant based insect repellents, but they do anything to deter the flies.
Great question @kenziek13!
Anything with Picaridin in it is rated to repel all types of flies, biting and otherwise so I would start there. Deet based products are most effective with mosquitoes but can be hit or miss with flies depending on the kind of fly. 20% Picaridin is full-strength, anything higher than that will only extend the protection over time, not increase the protection. Hope this helps!
When Summer hiking in NY State Parks I have found Ultrathon to be effective. It is a lotion and somewhat greasy, but it works and is long lasting.