The summer is almost here! Get the sunscreen ready and the break out the shades! But along with the worries about the dangers of the sun comes the worry and itch of black flies!

The mosquito season could be brutal this year after the wet April that we had, it seems that this mosquito season could be more intense than ever! We all have some sort of go-to for repelling mosquitoes. Whether you are outback or camping, there can be nothing more annoying than pesky bugs!!

So what is the answer to black flies? They seem to attack and be gone before you have a chance to even slap back. There are some things to keep on hand or keep in mind.

Black Fly Season In New York State

What about those black flies that are all up in your face lately? They seem to bite and be gone quickly and leave you itchy and red for days!

According to, we are in the peak season for them.

Black flies typically mate in the late spring or early summer, depending on the latitude. Like mosquitoes, only female black flies bite as they require blood to fertilize their eggs and will suck blood from virtually any warm-blooded creature they can find.

How To Repel Black Flies

For the most part, the black fly season is short. But this year more and more people are complaining about multiple bites and red, itchy skin. The Farmer's Almanac says that there are some natural ways to keep the bugs off. For example:

Some recommended natural repellants include vanilla extract, lavender, and the extract from pine branches — just break open a young branch and rub the moisture from inside on your skin.

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