Tuesday, September 26, 2023


Deer flies a problem? Try this easy trick

By Nanci Dixon
Deer flies … an RVer’s enemy! Deer flies can be unbelievably irritating at times. So bad you just really, really want to stay inside your RV and never get out. They bite! Hard! The “Bucket of Death” can help.

Photo by Facebook user Annette Larsen

If these little bloodsucking buggers are a problem where you are, here’s an easy trick to get rid of them.

Horse flies and deer flies are attracted to dark colors, particularly the color blue. Use that fact to your advantage and pick up a cheap blue bucket from the dollar store, cover it with Tree Tanglefoot, a sticky substance that’ll trap flies instantly, then wave the bucket in the air (this is the fun part) and watch the deer flies attach themselves firmly to the bucket and not you! Soon the area should be free of the pesky things and you can go about enjoying the great outdoors again.

You can also cover a blue hat with Tanglefoot and be a walking fly trap. You can try and outrun them, or just walk with someone taller than you. They are attracted to the highest moving object.


Nanci Dixon
Nanci Dixon
Nanci Dixon has been a full-time RVer living “The Dream” for the last six years and an avid RVer for decades more! She works and travels across the country in a 40’ motorhome with her husband. Having been a professional food photographer for many years, she enjoys snapping photos of food, landscapes and an occasional person. They winter in Arizona and love boondocking in the desert. They also enjoy work camping in a regional park. Most of all, she loves to travel.


  1. Here in Maine, at least, one of the most annoying things about horseflies and deerflies is they can see where your face is, and attack you from the rear so you can’t see them and swat them. The Tanglefoot and Deerfly Patches from Amazon will probably work, but in Maine we have a similar way that works better and is cheaper. Get a ball-cap (bill cap) and a roll-package of flypaper. Cut off a strip of flypaper about 8 inches long, and stick the end of it to the end of the cap’s bill, so it is hanging down. Pretend you are 14 years old, and put the bill-cap on backward, with the flypaper hanging behind your neck. After an hour, it is gratifyng to take off the cap and see all those sneaky biters caught in the goo.


  2. I remember when I was a. kid on my paper route riding my bike that those deer flies seemed to like to bite the back of my neck! Not sure if Tanglefoot would have helped, not even sure it was around 60+ years ago!

  3. Tanglefoot is great for keeping the ants off the hummingbird feeders. Been using it for years. Just put a little on the hanger, not the actual feeder. USE rubber gloves.


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