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OMG... Black Flies? Do this.

Black flies. No see-ums. Black gnats.
Black biters.

Black Fly at Lunch

No matter what you call them...

they are nasty black flies and you want to get rid of the black flies.

How to get rid of black flies fast? How to kill black flies?
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Duct Tape Stops Carpenter Bees

First, the Carpenter Bee facts: The Carpenter Bees are also known as wood bees or drilling bees.

  • Male Carpenter Bees do not sting but female bees do if agitated
  • Perfectly round bored holes usuall on the underside of the wood lead to nests for Carpenter Bee eggs IMG_0737
  • Up to 20 Carpenter Bees return to the hole and its nest each night
  • Bee stomachs are a shiny black (unlike bumblebees with yellow hairs)
  • Specs of sawdust blowing in your eyes or small piles on your deck are the first evidence that Carpenter Bees are chewing on your wood IMG_0738
  • Yellowish excrement nearby on a wall is also a indicator of Carpenter Bees
  • Carpenter Bees are most active in the spring as they look for a mate and drill a hole to make their nest Carpenter Bee Drilling Hole

Organic ways to stop Carpenter Bee boring and drilling essentially mean block the hole with something, or you can bat them down with a spiderman bat as she does in the picture...just stand far away when you bat the bees.


  • Block the hole with duct tape...roll it and shove it in the hole
  • Shove a stick or plug in the hole
  • Fill the hole with caulk or wood putty or duck tape

Pesticides that you can purchase locally also are effective but often are messy because the hole is usually on the underside of the wood area and so some of the residue easily drips out and onto the surface below...what a mess most time.

You can sometimes stop Carpenter Bee hole boring by using treated and/or harder lumber or painting the wood or (of course) use brick or stone to redo the outside of your house(duh).



Big Foot: New Discovery near Frog Mountain Alabama?

Is Big Foot a male pest or is Big Foot a female pest. Have you noticed like we have, that all the pictures of Big Foot found never reveal the sex of the Big Foot. So, is Big Foot found a man or woman? Pictures of Big Foot found often show tracks in the sand, or creek bed, or show a hazy shadowy thing that is devoid of those personal attributes that tell us the sex or gender of who is trampling in our garden and stealing our vegetables or spooking the dog in the dark when you were trying to get that badly needed good night sleep.

Enough of the small talk that keeps us wondering.

So where was Big Foot seen and when was Big Foot found. 

We learned of Big Foot in Alabama by accident when visiting a small History Museum in Northeastern Alabama in Centre where we saw plaster casts of alledged Big Foot tracks in their collection right near the front door. And are they big Big Foot tracks? You bet they are big feet, the type that Big Foot would have. They are bigger than in this picture.Visit the Museum and check them out.

Big foot

When we asked where the Big Foot castings came from we were given the very vague answer that they came from the Frog Mountain area of Cherokee County in the 1980's. Apparently Frog Mountain is a small mountain rich in old trails leading to and from old 1880's iron ore mines and nearby long dormant furnaces where strange encounters of many kinds were often reported such as lighted orb balls darting to and fro somewhat kin to UFO's that one hears about.

We were told by the Museum staff that if we wanted more specific location information for our research of Big Foot sightings, we were advised to visit this website www.froggmountain.com to follow the trail and information that only the local residents would know.

That may help you in your quest, but we still wonder if Big Foot is a boy or a girl! 




OMG Black Flies: Is it impossible to get rid of them? Nope. Here is how.

Blackflyonhumandoe Black fly on human.
  Photo credit: U of M Dept of Entomology


Black flies. A pesky nuisance for a few months. Head nets. Moving water. Bites that really hurt. Also known as Buffalo Gnats.

All these things happening means its black fly season and you will know it if they breed in your area. Daylight and low wind are when they swarm you the worst. They home in on the carbon dioxide you breathe out and zero in if you are wearing black, blue, or green.

There are a few lucky people that black flies reject as candidates and they do not bite them.

Black flies are a small pest that drive many folk inside, just like it was 20 below zero or 120 of heat. You just have to get away from their constant buzzing and blood sucking biting.
They breed in moving water unlike mosquitoes that need stagnant water.

So how do you get rid of them?

Sorry but this is a tough problem.



Prevention of their breeding: This cannot be done by the homeowner. There are chemicals (Bt formulations) that can be sprayed into moving water that are effective but a professional must do it. In most cases a large scale community or governmental program is necessary to reduce the numbers of black flies. So you need to talk to your local leaders about instituting a control program.

Prevention of their biting: DEET compounds, netting over your head or full body, or stay inside. Do your work at night or buy a giant fan to create a strong breeze as they adore no wind conditions. Buy any repellents that claim to work for black flies and hope for the best.