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Cape Breton Island

Little Black Flies That Bite!


We recently purchased a home on Cape Breton Island and will be moving there next year. We are spending the summer this year and my husband is already there. He is working on the acreage and has experienced those little black flies that bite! Does anyone know if there is a way to #1 reduce the numbers on a property and #2 Is there a bug spray or other kind of repellent that actually works against these little buggers?? ouch! Any help you could give would be really great! Thanks!

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answered by
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I grew up using vinegar as a bug repellent - wipe it on your arms, legs, neck and you should be repelling the "no-see'ems" in no time!

Hope this helps!

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Yarmouth

Bats! Believe it or not, bats eat about a pound of these guys a day. You can go on the internet and find out how to make a bat barn. You hang it high in a tree, not too near your house, and let them do their job. Apparently a couple bats can keep quite a large area clear of biting bugs. Also there is a thing called a "Mosquito Magnet". Be careful. Only the ones that use propane gas work. There are some that claim to work, but they use electricity. The genuine "mosquito magnet" brand is quite effective on the various flying chewing bugs of summer.

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