A friend of mine used to say that there were two certainties on any May two-four weekend in Canada; bugs and beer. One is a welcomed inclusion. The other, not so much. But with these simple tips, you can help reduce the nuisance in an eco-friendly way - without killing the very environment you are enjoying;
- Many people claim a simple plastic bag filled with water will ward off flies. Hang it over patio areas or bbq's – preferably in the sunlight. Apparently the way light refracts through the bag causes rays that disturb a fly's complex eyes.
- Deer flies and horse flies can leave a nasty bite. Scare them off by placing one of their most feared enemies – the dragon fly – on your hat or shoulders. You can buy pins that look just like the real thing. Or print off a page of them, cut them out, and safety pin them on. Flies aren't that smart.
- Make a fly trap out of a plastic bottle. Click here for details.
- Wear white. What could be simpler? It's proven to dissuade mosquitoes and other bugs.
- Just about all bugs are attracted to standing water. Remove any rainwater collection sites like planters, kids play centers, etc. and drill holes where possible to avoid the problem altogether.
- Eat bug repellents! There are many foods that deter various little biters, including garlic, bananas, grapefruit, chili peppers, onions, tomatoes, beans and lentils.
- Hang paper bags filled with crumpled newspaper near ‘people areas' to discourage bees and wasps from building a hive where it might be a problem.