Biting flies are strong and fast fliers. They seek a blood meal from animals and humans alike. Dealing with bites is an issue for livestock as well as homeowners and those enjoying the outdoors. Because they are larger than most species, keeping them outside is achieved with the use of screens and proper window maintenance. Fly paper, traps, repellents and a variety of preventive methods are all ways to address biting flies. Avoiding areas where there is a lot of them is also important. Biting flies can be found often around marshes, bays, ponds and lakes. For example, deer fly larvae are aquatic so deer fly adults will be near water.
When in these areas, treating biting flies like mosquitoes or ticks is equally effective. Covering exposed skin with heavy-duty, light-colored clothing that includes long-sleeve shirts and pants is a preventive measure for biting flies as much as it is for mosquitoes.v