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Garlic Vs. Black Fly

Mosquitoes, Black flies, flying insects can not tolerate garlic.

There are no black flies, mosquitoes in a garlic field.

Garlic contains a natural sulfur compound which repels insects, including mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, black flies and most flying critters.

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 has many of the health benefits of garlic but it is also an allergen taken in high concentrations causing allergic reactions.
Highly diluted, it is used as a flavoring in food.

Wikipedia.org; Black Fly
Diallyl disulfide and trisulfide are produced by decomposition of allicin, which is released upon breaking the cells of the Alliaceae plants, especially garlic.

Attractants

Sweets, meats, body heat and blood attract black flies and most flying critters.
A cut onion also has high sulfur compounds.
Garlic - Adult dosage
Each clove of garlic = approximately 1 gram = 1000 mg.
Take the equivalent of 1200mg of fresh garlic clove ( A 12mg capsule of garlic powder orally every day).
Whole garlic clove (as a food supplement): 2 - 4 grams per day of fresh, minced garlic clove (each clove is approximately 1 gram)
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.

Bug repellents
"Deep woods off" with DEET - http://off.com/
"Muskol" with DEET - http://www.muskol.com/

DEET spray - overspray effects on materials;
DEET is an effective solvent, and may dissolve some plastics, rayon, spandex, other synthetic fabrics, leather, and painted or varnished surfaces including nailpolish, overspray of DEET includes damaging the paint on your car.

Citronella essential oil
Citronella oil can be applied directly to skin in diluted form or
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

Attractants

Perfumes or scents
Many perfumes or scented deodorants attract black flies.

Dark colors attract bugs
Wear light-coloured clothing, 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.


Garlic Health Benefits and Uses
Garlic's health benefits and medicinal properties have long been known. 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! It 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.
It is effective as a natural mosquito repellent

Some people prefer to take garlic supplements.

Garlic information
Biological Name: Allium sativum, Liliaceae
Other Names: Garlic, Lashan, Rasonam, LashunaVeluthulli, Ugragandha, Mlecchagandha, Lesan
Description: Garlic is closely related to onion and chives. The largest commercial garlic production is in central California.
Parts Used: The bulb and oil
Active Compounds: The sulfur compound allicin, produced by crushing or chewing fresh garlic, in turn produces other sulfur compounds: ajoene, allyl sulfides, and vinyldithiins.
History: Garlic is mentioned in the Bible and the Talmud. Hippocrates, Galen, Pliny the Elder, and Dioscorides all mention the use of garlic for a large number of conditions, including parasites, respiratory problems, poor digestion, and low energy. Its use in China was first mentioned in A.D. 510. Louis Pasteur confirmed the antibacterial action of garlic in 1858.
Medicinal Applications: Actionalterative, anthelmintic, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, carminative, detoxifier, disinfectant, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, rubefacient, rejuvenative, stimulant, vesicantUsesGarlic is beneficial in: Asthma, Atherosclerosis, Blood and lymph cleanser, Colds and flu, Colic, Congestive heart failure, Convulsions, Cough, Edema, Heart disease, Hemorrhoids, High cholesterol, Hypertension (high blood pressure), Hypertriglyceridemia (high triglycerides), Hysteria, Immune function, Impotence, Indigestion, Intermittent claudication, Nerve and bone tissue rejuvenative, Paralysis, Recurrent ear infection, Rheumatism, Skin diseases, T. B., Tremor, Tumors, Round worms, Yeast infection.
Circulatory Effects: More than 250 publications have shown that garlic supports the cardiovascular system. It may lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood, inhibit platelet stickiness (aggregation), and increase fibrinolysis-which results in a slowing of blood coagulation. It is mildly antihypertensive and has antioxidant activity.
Note: Garlic only keeps clotting in check, a benefit for persons at risk for cardiovascular disease. It cannot effectively replace stronger anticlotting drugs; its primary value is as a preventive.
Antimicrobial Actions:
Garlic has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal activity' It may work against some intestinal parasites. Garlic appears to have roughly 1 % the strength of penicillin against certain types of bacteria. This means it is not a substitute for antibiotics, but it can be considered as a support against some bacterial infections. Candida albicans growth is inhibited by garlic, and garlic has shown long-term benefit for recurrent yeast infections.Anticancer
Actions: Human population studies show that eating garlic regularly reduces the risk of esophageal, stomach, and colon cancer. This is partly due to garlic's ability to reduce the formation of carcinogenic compounds. Animal and test tube studies also show that garlic, and its sulfur compounds, inhibit the growth of different types of cancer-especially breast and skin tumors. Miscellaneous Garlic is often applied to indolent tumors, ulcerated surfaces and wounds. A poultice of the bulb is used for scrofulous sores and ring worm. A clove of Garlic when introduced into the ear passage give relief of ear-ache. It is locally used in sciatica, paralysis and neuralgic pains. Raw Garlic juice is inhaled in whooping cough and pulmonary tuberculosis. The oil in which Garlic has been fried is believed to be a useful liniment for rheumatic pains, nervous diseases like infantile convulsions, scabies and maggot infested wounds.
Garlic is useful for fevers, coughs, flatulence, disorders of the nervous system, agues, dropsical affections, pulmonary phthisis, whooping cough, gangrene of the lung and dilated bronchi. A decoction of garlic made with milk and water is given in hysteria, flatulence and sciatica. A syrup of garlic is a valuable remedy for asthma, hoarseness, disorders of the chest and lungs. The garlic oil is useful for paralytic and rheumatic affections.
Dosage: Some people chew one whole clove of raw garlic per day. For those who prefer it, odor-controlled, enteric-coated tablets or capsules with standardized allicin potential can be taken at 400-500 mg once or twice per day (providing up to 5,000 mcg of allicin). Alternatively, a tincture of 2-4 ml can be taken three times daily.
Safety: Most people enjoy garlic however some individuals who are sensitive to it may experience heartburn and flatulence because of garlic's anti-clotting properties, persons taking anticoagulant drugs should check with their nutritionally oriented doctor before taking garlic. Those scheduled for surgery should inform their surgeon if they are taking garlic supplements. There are no known contra-indications to the use of garlic during pregnancy and lactation.

MORE GARLIC ;-)

Benefits of Garlic - "Stop and smell the Garlic"

benefits-of-garlic.com

Garlic Health Benefits - "Garlic Central"
http://www.garlic-central.com/garlic-health.htm

Medicinal ingredients of garlic
There are two main medical ingredients which produce the garlic health benefits: allicin and diallyl disulfide.

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.
Home remedies
A home remedy for black fly bites is onion. Onion can be cut and applied to the stung area. 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.

The Black Fly
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.

The Simuliidae is a biting black fly. It is also commonly called a "buffalo gnat".
It's size is generally less than 1/8th of an inch long.

Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes have extremely sensitive odor sensing antennae - as high as 10,000 times better than humans.
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.

Rittenhouse since 1914 - mosquito, fly, garlic.
http://www.rittenhouse.ca/asp/search.asp?Search_Mode=[-Search_Mode-]&CPG=0&PGSIZE=25&key1=mosquito%2C+fly%2C+garlic

Mosquito, tick, black fly season VS. garlic
turns out that 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, pets, and it does not destroy plants,
it seems like 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.
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DragonFly
Good thing, there are the friendly beneficial flying insects like The DragonFly
DragonFly
Dragonflies are important predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, wasps, and very 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 ) @ Wikipedia.org
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