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Who Uses Shoofly Soap & Spray?
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How to Use Shoofly Soap
Frequently Asked Questions
Shoofly Natural Insect Repellent Soap & Spray are unsurpassed for repelling gnats without chemicals like DEET and harsh ingredients like citronella. Shoofly is safe for children and pets and healthy for your skin. Each soap bar contains over 50% pure extra virgin olive oil.
Notice the welts! Picture courtesy of Peter Van den Bossche.
Gnats are miserable! They ruin otherwise perfect days for hiking, gardening, horseback riding, camping, fishing or any outdoor activity. Most of them don't bite but they're just constantly "at you" getting in your hair, your eyes, ears, nose and... oh so specially... in your mouth! Yummy!
So it's off to the drugstore to get a commercial repellent loaded with chemicals that works "so so" for gnats or to the healthful food store for a natural repellent that costs twice as much and works half as good or not at all. Folks, I'm going by feedback I get from my customers on that one. And I can't speak for all the natural insect repellents out there. But I can tell you that Blackberry Creek's Natural Shoofly Soap and Spray are unique because they do work.
They work extremely well at repelling gnats, black flies, deer flies, mosquitoes and almost every other insect on the planet. I even have a 98% or better track record at repelling no-see-ums. (Yes, for those of you unfamiliar, that's the real name for extremely tiny biting midges... so tiny they fit through screens and netting... and whose bite packs more of a wallop than mosquitoes.)
Shoofly Soap and Spray works so well that they may well be the best insect repellents on the market... natural or otherwise. And I have the unsolicited testimonials from very satisfied customers to prove it.
You wet the soap and apply the lather the same as if it were a lotion.
There's absolutely nothing in Shoofly Soap that's harmful. It's not like regular soap. It's over 50% pure olive oil and it's good for even extremely sensitive skin and safe for children. Use the Shoofly Spray on your hair or clothing. Both the soap and the spray smell great.
Shoofly Insect Repellent Soap & Spray works for...
*A special note for horseback riders...
Use the soap on yourself and on the horse! The rider is happier. The horse is happier. And keeping the biting flies off the horse can certainly lead to a less skittish ride. Help me spread the word. Please tell you riding stable or local tack shop about Shoofly Soap. It's a great product for keeping the blasted black flies away and putting a lot more fun back into your horseback riding. Shoofly is also a must have for working around your stable.
Shoofly Soap doesn't contain Citronella oil like most competing natural black fly repellents. That's important because Citronella may irritate sensitive skin... can cause dermatitis... and is not recommended for children under three years old. The concerns about Citronella seem to be a bigger deal in Canada and Europe than in the United States. But why worry about Citronella when there's an all-natural, incredibly effective black fly repellent that doesn't use it and is safe for everyone of all ages with or without sensitive skin?
Watch the YouTube Video above to find out how to apply Shoofly Soap and to see how it's not noticeable, greasy or sticky when it dries. To repel black flies and other insect pests, you simply apply a lather of soap on your skin and don't rinse it off... like a lotion. It dries clear and is invisible. And you'll smell great instead of smelling like insect repellent.
Use Shoofly Spray on your hat and socks together with the soap for the best protection.
You can safely use the spray directly on your skin as well. Using the spray only is more convenient because the soap requires that you have a source of water to wet it. But the soap is more effective than the spray because the lather has a higher concentration of ingredients.
How much do I need?
One bar of Shoofly Soap is enough for one person to use and repel black flies for the entire season. The amount of spray you need totally depends on how you're using it and I can't predict how much you'll need.
Can Shoofly products be used with sun screen?
No. The fragrance of the sun screen can render it ineffective.
Must Shoofly Soap or Spray be reapplied after you've been in the water?
Yes. Shoofly products are not waterproof.
How long does it last before you have to reapply it?
It depends upon several factors. How much do you sweat? Your personal body chemistry can affect how long it lasts. Were you in the water? If the black flies start to bother you just reapply it.
Do I need to use both the soap and the spray?
No. But it's best if you do. Shoofly Soap puts a higher concentration of ingredients on your skin than the spray. Use the spray on your hat, the ends of your sleeves, and around your socks. Having said that, a lot of people use the spray only and are completely happy. But from my own experience, if I had to have one or the other, I would want the soap.
Are some people bothered by black flies more than others?
Absolutely. You can have four people standing on a golf course and have one constantly being bitten by black flies while the others are not. It's a matter of body chemistry. Fortunately Shoofly Soap and Spray work extremely well for the vast majority of people with that "oh so special" body chemistry.
What else can I do to help keep black flies from bothering me?
Avoid dark colored clothing like dark blue or black.
Does Shoofly Soap and Spray smell bad?
No. I've only had two or three complaints about the fragrance. Most people actually like it. But no... you're not going to smell like insecticide. All the ingredients in Shoofly Soap and Spray can be found in most kitchens.
Can Shoofly be used on dogs?
Yes! It works great for dogs... and horses too!
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Reported Overall Effectiveness for All Insects
Aggregate Rating: 4.6 / 5
Based On 53
No. of Surveys
55 / 5 Stars Shoofly Soap and Spray both work...
"The shoofly soap and spray both work and they smell good" Bill S., Milan, IL
44 / 5 Stars
"Using Shoofly Soap & Spray for Gnats, Mosquitoes and Yellow Flies" Dottie P., Homerville, GA 07/10/13
44 / 5 Stars
"This is a great product. I am a bug magnet and with this soap I have experienced about 90% less bites, which for me is wonderful. I will purchase this product again and i will also get the spray. Thanks." Angie S., Fredericton, NB Canada 06/18/13
55 / 5 Stars
"My son and I went on a fishing trip to New Hampshire - where the black flies are awful. We didn't have any problems, due to the excellent product - Shoofly Spray. Black flies, mosquitoes and gnats came by but did not stay! Thank you for an awesome product that truly works !!" (Uses Shoofly Spray to repel Black Flies, Mosquitoes and Gnats) John F., Warwick, RI 6/13/13
55 / 5 Stars
"Gardening in Southern California can be aggravating. As it gets hotter and drier, the gnats come out looking for blood. They hate the spray. I've watched them hovering around my ankles looking for a chance to bite, but they never even land if I've got the spray. It doesn't take much and it really works." (Uses Shoofly Soap and Spray to repel Gnats) Erick G., San Diego, CA 06/12/13
55 / 5 Stars
"This stuff is great! We get biting gnats in the summer and they can drive you crazy. They hate the spray." Erick G., San Diego, CA 5/9/13
55 / 5 Stars
"Just want to let you know that the Shoofly Soap used according to your directions (lather and leave) works better on repelling gnats than any spray (including Deet) that I have ever used! I even shampooed my hair with it and left it in. Our gnats are that bad. Anyway, it works great and I'm passing it around to our other ranching/gardening friends. Thank you." Jane S., Blanco, NM 6/30/11