Posted on July 12, 2017 by Neil Ungerleider

Deer Fly

They are among the least-pleasant summer visitors:  deer flies, those dive-bombing, biting pests that thrive near wooded areas and wetlands, and torment many in Essex County each year.

They are persistent devils that attack over and over and over again as females (males don’t bite) must consume a blood meal to lay fertile eggs.

Unlike other biting pests, deer flies target the head and neck. 

While the males are dining on nectar and pollen, the females will return and attack the same person until they succeed.  Shooing them away only increases their fervor.

The female deer fly, about one-quarter inch long, has “blades” in her mouth that she uses to cut the skin.  Once successful, she will then lap up the blood.

Click for a homemade deer fly protection remedy

Wearing a hat does offer some protection, but the deer fly is then likely to attack your neck.

If you think you are more susceptible to attack while walking, you are.  Deer flies prefer to attack a moving target.

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