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Black Fly Repellent

Chris21711
May 5th, 2009, 12:33 PM
Ethel's b/f's dog Riley a Dutch Shepherd gets terrible black fly bits in his ears that drive him crazy, poor pooch :sad:

I told Ethel to wipe them with Skin So Soft to deter the little pests from biting. What I am wondering is, could this be toxic if licked by either Iggy or his cat?...Or does anyone have any suggestions on what might work better.

mollywog
May 5th, 2009, 12:37 PM
I bought some bug spray at the pet supply store (Pet Valu) last year, it was citronella based and worked well. I think it was called Muskoka Woods or something like that? Pet friendly and smelled pretty good too!

Chris21711
May 5th, 2009, 12:43 PM
Thanks Mollywog, right now the :censored: things are just rampant around here. This morning I was outside talking to someone and there must have been between 20-30 buzzing around our heads :frustrated:

MommaKat
May 5th, 2009, 01:05 PM
I think another member (frenchy?) said that a cap of apple cider vinegar in the drinking water helps keep buggies away ? :shrug:

Edit: Here is the thread I was talking about but it was for mosqitos , I think it would be ok for Black Flies though http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=54576&highlight=apple+cider+vinegar

rainbow
May 5th, 2009, 02:06 PM
I wouldn't use the Skin-So-Soft as it contains BHT :eek: ....

http://www.cosmeticdatabase.com/product.php?prod_id=60465&nothanks=1

rainbow
May 5th, 2009, 02:09 PM
I think another member (frenchy?) said that a cap of apple cider vinegar in the drinking water helps keep buggies away ? :shrug:



I've even heard that you can dab ACV on their ears as a repellent or also Vaseline is supposed to keep them away as well. :shrug:

Chris21711
May 5th, 2009, 02:19 PM
He's been scratching, so I think that by putting ACV on right now might give him the owies.

The cat doesn't bother with Riley much, and Iggy might give him the passing lick, you think that the SSS could be that bad with the odd lick here and there?

breeze
May 5th, 2009, 02:28 PM
I also have heard that Eucalyptus & Peppermint oil mixed with water in a spray bottle helps with bugs and fleas..

don't know if it works cause I have never tried it.

rainbow
May 5th, 2009, 02:36 PM
He's been scratching, so I think that by putting ACV on right now might give him the owies.

The cat doesn't bother with Riley much, and Iggy might give him the passing lick, you think that the SSS could be that bad with the odd lick here and there?

What about trying the Vaseline then?

Were you able to check out the website I posted on SSS?

hazelrunpack
May 5th, 2009, 02:44 PM
Our dogs get bit up on their bellies and legs the worst. So far, grapefruit oil seems to work the best for repellents, but it's hard to apply (we have to get it right from fresh grapefruit rind...I've never seen the oil bottled :o) and it only lasts for 20 minutes or so until the volatile components evaporate :shrug:

Other than that, the Pack prefers mud as a protection method :rolleyes:

We have three weeks every spring that are just miserable due to black flies...so we're always looking for new solutions.

Chris21711
May 5th, 2009, 02:50 PM
I've never heard of that Breeze, I wrote it down.

Didn't check out the SSS doodah yet, the guys wanted out and I wanted to be downstairs.

OK Hazel, I will get Ethel to slather Riley's ears in mud :rolleyes:

I'm sure they will want something easy peasy, so maybe the vaseline will be the best bet for now..

Melinda
May 5th, 2009, 02:59 PM
I wipe Brina's coat, especially her snout and ears with a new bounce sheet (for the dryer) and then tuck it into her collar (tied in a knot) it works pretty good!

rainbow
May 5th, 2009, 03:03 PM
I wouldn't use the dryer sheets either ....

http://www.sixwise.com/newsletters/05/02/08/the-toxic-danger-of-fabric-softener-and-dryer-sheets.htm

Chris21711
May 5th, 2009, 03:04 PM
Another good tip Melinda, does it have to be Bounce or any fabric softener sheet?....This one sounds real easy and won't leave a gooey mess.

Chris21711
May 5th, 2009, 03:08 PM
I wouldn't use the dryer sheets either ....

http://www.sixwise.com/newsletters/05/02/08/the-toxic-danger-of-fabric-softener-and-dryer-sheets.htm

Aww Man you gotta be the Queen of Google...now I'm on the fence :yell:

hazelrunpack
May 5th, 2009, 03:21 PM
The mud will still work, Chris :thumbs up

:laugh:

Chris21711
May 5th, 2009, 03:25 PM
The mud will still work, Chris :thumbs up

:laugh:

Hazel, Hazel, Hazel, what to do with you :evil:

rainbow
May 5th, 2009, 03:26 PM
And, you should get lots since the rain is coming your way. :laughing:

Chris21711
May 5th, 2009, 03:30 PM
And, you should get lots since the rain is coming your way. :laughing:

Yer' Mean :frustrated:

rainbow
May 5th, 2009, 03:41 PM
Just trying to help with your black flies. :D

And, if it makes you feel any better the weather is on and off again crappy here as well. :frustrated:

Melinda
May 5th, 2009, 04:31 PM
not sure about any other brands, I've always used bounce for her *L* but I use cheapy ones for my drying!!:thumbs up
I keep them by my back door for when its raining also, once I dry her off I run the sheet down her back , no stinky dog odor...well....almost none *L* just don't smell her feet

rainbow
May 6th, 2009, 04:16 AM
I would tie it on the collar as long as I could supervise but wouldn't wipe the fur with them in case of ingestion. I know it would probably take alot but I'm just paranoid that way. :o

Chris21711
May 6th, 2009, 09:54 AM
I would tie it on the collar as long as I could supervise but wouldn't wipe the fur with them in case of ingestion. I know it would probably take alot but I'm just paranoid that way. :o

Do you throw salt over your shoulder if you spill it :rolleyes:

I've passed along all the tips and they can do what they want...I have completed my mission :clown:

hazelrunpack
May 6th, 2009, 10:07 AM
Do you throw salt over your shoulder if you spill it :rolleyes:

I do! I do! It's a very integral part of my anti-jinx regimen! :laughing:

Chris21711
May 6th, 2009, 10:16 AM
I do! I do! It's a very integral part of my anti-jinx regimen! :laughing:

Not for one nanosecond would I ever doubt that you do Hazel...I'm sure you have some kind of ritual that goes with it to boot :laughing:

hazelrunpack
May 6th, 2009, 10:25 AM
You bet! And if you ever come to visit, I'll teach it to you. Just come in summer, though--cuz in summer we can kiss the toads...in winter, cuz the toads are estivating, we replace that part of the ritual with rubbing butter under madame hazel's left...well...lets just say that that part would be a bit embarassing to teach... :o So come in summer! :thumbs up


:laughing:

Chris21711
May 6th, 2009, 10:33 AM
You bet! And if you ever come to visit, I'll teach it to you. Just come in summer, though--cuz in summer we can kiss the toads...in winter, cuz the toads are estivating, we replace that part of the ritual with rubbing butter under madame hazel's left...well...lets just say that that part would be a bit embarassing to teach... :o So come in summer! :thumbs up


:laughing:

OK then summer it is...the butter part could be tricky for me, I would have to undo my belt :laughing: