Actually, the spray should be called No Natz or Ankle Flies. I’m not sure of the proper name for those biting flies that show up each summer, usually when I’m far offshore and usually on a nearly windless day. It could be they thrive on the warmest days when shorts and sandals are more appropriate than long pants and heavy socks.

It seems that way, to me. I’m sure others have other names for them, often with an unprintable swear word associated with the name. I just call them ankle flies because for every bite I get even halfway from my foot to my knee, I’ll get a hundred on my ankles.

At times it seems the only thing they like better than my ankle meat and blood is DEET or the ingredients contained in other, so called “natural” insect repellants. The only way Deep Woods Off works for me is to spray on enough the toothy monsters slide off when they land on my ankle to take a bite.

If you know of a product which works perfectly and all the time, let me know. Otherwise, pick up a bottle of No Natz. The product repels Great Lakes Ankle Flies better than any I’ve ever used. It’s not perfect, but I’d say it works 98 percent of the time. Would you rather get bit 100 times or just two?

The makers list the ingredients as “botanical oils,” including rosemary, lemongrass, geranium, olive and coconut oils. Available from two ounce containers to quarts at or


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