Oh deer. Flies.

Hey blogaroos! Squirmy here. So here’s a riddle? What comes out in hot weather? Has wings? Likes dark colors? And likes to bite? Nope- not a vampires. Deer flies. And they are are HERE.

Now the little flying blood suckers aren’t EVERYWHERE- and thankfully there are actually few around our house. BUT, when we go for a walk up the road, and onto the public trail- well they dive bomb from out of nowhere. They like my head and body because my coat is dark grey in color. They like dark colors. They don’t like the Boss or Coyote as much. They also like the Warden’s head. So when we hit certain spots on the trail, her arms are a-flailin’ trying to keep them out of her hair and off the back of my head and my body.

If you don’t know anything about the flying piranhas – here’s an article with photos:

https://commonsensehome.com/keep-biting-flies-away/

Now if your dog is bothered by flies, here is an article for Fido:

https://outwardhound.com/furtropolis/dogs/how-to-keep-flies-off-dogs

Frankly, I wasn’t thrilled with that article. I’m a clean guy – and the mini buzzards still chase me.

Most the articles we found talk about methods to keep flies away at home. But not many give suggestions for dogs out walking. Sure – humans can wear a cap – and some even wear caps with sticky strips to catch the flies. The Warden isn’t into picking flies off sticky strips. Ewwwwww.

It’s not so bad when it’s windy – and if you get up before the sun comes up, you’re probably safe. Then you’ll just run into bears and porcupines.

And speaking of the moving pin cushions, our neighbors have had numerous fruit trees destroyed by the prickly pigs. They can rip branches and chew bark better than a dog. They are on the look out for a live trap. I want to see what happens when they catch one. I’ll be on pins and needles to see what happens.

It’s hot here- so have to get walking early. Before the flies wake up.

Have a good one. Peace and paws up. Stay safe.

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