I hate horseflies! They are huge, weirdly attracted to me and their bites give me an inch-wide red allergic reaction, which is both painful AND itchy (how is that even possible??). You can even see the little bugger's “teeth” marks!
It's actually a sunny summer's day today so I dutifully marched outside to clean Jools, after several hours of doing anything else I could think of. Within a couple of minutes I had three horseflies zipping around my head, back and legs. A blast from the hosepipe did nothing to deter them, so I stomped back inside to discover that I'd already been bitten.
People suggest wearing long-sleeved tops to protect yourself. The problem with that is that these flies can bite straight through fabric, even jeans! Think about it; they bite horse skin for a living! I had to come up with a better deterrent.
Whilst Googling, I discovered that horseflies hate mint, lemon and ammonia. People suggested spraying yourself with a minty mouthwash solution, but we don't have a mint-flavoured one at the minute so I... improvised.
Turns out toothpaste does not rub into your skin like suncream!
All in the name of science, I strolled back to Jools with stripes of value toothpaste like warpaint all over my exposed skin and clothes (good thing we live in the middle of nowhere)! I was out there for another 20 minutes, during which one horsefly buzzed around me for a couple of minutes but left without chomping me. I consider that a win! :)
Does anyone know of a way to repel these evil little blighters, or am I doomed to be eaten alive for the rest of summer? :(