Dear Lifehacker, I know summer is nearly over, but I'm still being annoyed by flies. How can I stop them from lingering all over me when I'm walking or at the beach and enjoying the sun? I downloaded an app to repel insects but it didn't seem to work. Any suggestions? Thanks, Louie's A Loser
During a recent holiday trip, I pulled over at a rest stop on a secluded country road to get some fresh air and stretch my legs. As soon as I left the car, I was immersed in a fly swarm of truly biblical proportions. There were so many of the buggers that they practically blotted out the sun.
Within seconds, they were all over my body including my mouth, nose and the corners of my eyes. To make matters worse, the area was littered with horribly moist cow pats which I'm sure they'd all been feasting on before I gate-crashed their party.
I happened to have a can of Mortein in the car, so I grabbed it and starting spraying like crazy. I must have looked quite the sight to passing cars; I was basically lurching around in endless circles trying to fight the environment. While their casualties were many, the flies ended up winning the battle, mainly because I accidentally sprayed myself in the face. Needless to say, my wife found the entire incident vastly amusing. The moral of this story is that it pays to be protected from head to toe.
Mobile apps sound great on paper, but the high-frequency tones they emit tend to be ineffective due to the small size of the average phone speaker. There's a reason why most of these apps have predominantly negative user reviews -- the majority of them are just gimmicks. In addition, they're also a good way to waste your battery faster.
So what's the answer then? While I could bombard you with various DIY fly repellents and bug sprays, you're best bet is probably a trusty ol' can of Aerogard. Aerogard's easy to procure, relatively inexpensive and proven to be highly effective. You can now get roll-on variants and ordourless sprays for people who can't stand the chemical-like smell.
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