Why is it Important to Use a Natural Black Fly Repellent?


Who wants to have their summer invaded by pesky black flies? How do we avoid their painful bites? And is there a natural black fly repellent that can be used instead of covering our bodies and our animals with toxic pesticides? It is important to handle repelling these insects in a safe manner.

While we want to protect ourselves from getting bit by black flies, we don’t want to sacrifice our health and that of the wildlife that surrounds us either. Many pesticides, pet shampoos, and even lice shampoos contain Pyrethrins, which are found naturally in certain species of the chrysanthemum plant. This chemical is used to excite the nervous system of insects and leads to their paralysis and eventual death.

Pyrethrins do not usually cause issues for humans; however, at times, they can cause skin irritation and numbness at site of contact along with respiratory issues. On the other hand, these chemicals are extremely toxic to honey bees, fish, lobster, shrimp, and oysters. While these chemicals are not typically applied directly into water, they can enter the rivers, lakes, ponds, and oceans via rainfall or runoff from agricultural fields. Long term exposure to Pyrethrins can also cause harmful reproductive effects to fish and other aquatic wildlife.

This chemical is not only toxic to these creatures, but it also has a chain effect on the rest of our world as well. Honey bees pollinate our plants, which in turn helps our crops to grow. If we continue to use this toxic chemical and eliminate the honey bee population, our produce in the United States will suffer without our natural pollinators to complete the cycle of nature.

Pyrethrins and Pyrethroids are often used in products used to control black flies on pets or livestock. Do we really want to expose our animals to these toxic chemicals?  Instead of applying a product with a known toxic chemical in it, why not use a natural black fly repellent proven to be safe not only for your livestock and pets but also safe to be used around humans, fish, and honeybees. Our 4 Rings Still Tails Mosquito Repellent will keep your animals safe from both mosquitoes and black flies without toxic side effects to you or them. All of our products at 4 Rings Protection are free from Pyrethrins or Pyrethroids, and we only use natural ingredients, proven to be safe for you, your family, and your animals.