Garlic Versus Black Fly
insects like black flies and mosquitoes can not tolerate garlic.
There are no black flies or mosquitoes in a garlic field.
Garlic contains a natural sulfur compound which repels mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, black flies and most small flying insects.
Taking garlic ( diallyl disulfide ) will cause your skin to secrete a natural insect repellent.
Getting your daily dose of garlic or onion then sweating, your body is secreting a high concentration of diallyl disulfide, the flies tend not to land or even if they land and take a taste of sulphur, they will fly away, it is very toxic to flies.
Sulphur based compounds and products are commonly used to spray our vegetables and produce at farms.
Diallyl disulfide and Diallyl trisulfide has many of the health benefits of garlic but it is also an allergen taken in high concentrations causing allergic reactions.
The Chemical Weapons of Onions and Garlic
The chemicals are highly irritating, and discourage most creatures from coming back for seconds.
They kill microbes and repel insects, and they damage the red blood cells of dogs and cats.
Never feed a pet onions or garlic in any form.
Aged garlic extract: 600 - 1,200 mg, daily in divided doses.
Tablets of freeze-dried garlic: 200 mg, 2 tablets 3 times daily, standardized to 1.3% alliin or 0.6% allicin, products may also be found standardized to contain 10 - 12 mg/Gm alliin and 4,000 mcg of total allicin potential (TAP).
Fluid extract (1:1 w/v): 4 mL. daily.
Tincture (1:5 w/v): 20 mL. daily.
Oil: 0.03 - 0.12 mL, 3 times daily.
Do not take more than 1500 mg of garlic per day unless directed to do so by your doctor.
it can be burnt in candles and lamps to repel insects over a greater area.
Note; your skin may have a negative reaction to citronella essential oil as an insect repellent
Sweets, meats, body heat and blood attract black flies and most flying insects.
Darker colours attract bugs, this is particularly true of blue denim jeans, Avoid blue clothing,
It's the black fly equivalent of waving a red flag at a bull ; Wear light-coloured clothing.
Black flies are attracted to mammals and humans by the carbon dioxide and moisture in exhaled breath, dark colors, convection currents, temperature, perspiration, perfumes, toiletries, etc.
Garlic has long been considered a herbal "wonder drug" with
a reputation in folklore for preventing everything from the common cold and flu to the Plague.
Garlic has been used extensively in herbal medicine (phytotherapy, sometimes spelt phitotherapy).
Raw garlic is used by some to treat the symptoms of acne and there is some evidence that it can assist in managing high cholesterol levels.
Garlic is effective as a natural mosquito and black fly repellent.
Some people prefer to take garlic supplements.
Allicin is the most powerful medicinal compound derived from garlic and provides the greatest reputed health benefits.
Allicin does not occur in "ordinary" garlic, it is produced when garlic is finely chopped or crushed. The finer the chopping and the more intensive the crushing, the more allicin is generated and the stronger the medicinal effect.
Diallyl disulfide are less volatile than allicin. They do not degrade as quickly and, importantly, the health benefits survive cooking.
Note that garlic still needs to be chopped or crushed to produce the sulphides,
If garlic is cooked whole then it has almost no medicinal value or health benefits.
This will bring down inflammation and swelling, and even relieve some of the burning itching sensation.
Aloe Vera ( fresh ) is a home remedy for black fly bites.
Aloe Vera is a healing agent and it can cool and reduce the swelling after the bite has taken place.
It is also commonly called a "buffalo gnat".
It's size is generally less than 1/8 of an inch long.
The black fly on wikipedia
They can detect the garlic extract for much longer periods of time and will stay away since mosquitoes are soft-bodied insects,
garlic can be very toxic to them.
Mosquito, tick, black fly season VS. garlic
Using garlic as an insect repellent is not new, It has been used for years to repel mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and even black flies.
The magic ingredient in garlic that makes it so effective is sulfur.
Garlic is not toxic to humans and it does not destroy plants, it's a perfect product for families to use in their backyards.
Garlic-coated plants keep mosquitoes and flies out of the area.
...Garlic Vs. Black Fly.
Good thing, there are beneficial flying insects like The DragonFly
are important predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like
flies, bees, ants, wasps but rarely butterflies.
They are usually found around marshes, lakes, ponds, streams, and wetlands because their larvae, known as "nymphs", are aquatic.
Some 5680 different species of dragonflies (Odonata) are known in the world today.
Though dragonflies are predators, they themselves are subject to predation by birds, lizards, frogs, spiders, fish, water bugs and
even other large dragonflies.
More about DragonFlies - Featuring the Yellow-winged Darter ( Sympetrum flaveolum ) The Dragonfly on Wikipedia.
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