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deer flies - keds

Re: deer flies - keds

Postby rockhopper » Fri Aug 27, 2021 7:32 am

Gill - that does sound very unpleasant ! Thinking back, I've had various times when I've been annoyed by keds but I've never known them to bite me. Had a look on Google which suggests it's unusual but they may bite humans on rare occasions.
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Re: deer flies - keds

Postby GillC » Fri Aug 27, 2021 7:48 am

Need to get some anti histamines I think..I read it takes a day or two for the bites/lumps to appear...they are still appearing lol I must have been smelling like a big old red deer lol .. I don't react to other bites so this is very unusual for me and the keds were the only bug of any volume. Even the campsite midgies weren't this bad lol
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Re: deer flies - keds

Postby Paul Webster » Sun Aug 29, 2021 9:42 am

On Arkle the other day....

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Re: deer flies - keds

Postby GillC » Sun Aug 29, 2021 9:53 am

:shock: :shock: :shock:
Paul Webster wrote:On Arkle the other day....

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Re: deer flies - keds

Postby Paul Webster » Sun Aug 29, 2021 10:13 am

Though annoying as they are so hard to flick off, they've never bitten me as far as I know. Hope yours get better soon.
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Re: deer flies - keds

Postby Allanj » Sun Aug 29, 2021 11:17 pm

27/08/21
Yes was pestered by them in glen Sheil , and yes I was still pulling them out my hair and off my ears in the car 30mins down the road ?!
And they don't die easily too, I was squeezing one really hard and it was still alive ?
I've seen them before but not in these numbers , you couldn't stop them landing on you , and when they did they looked like wee spiders crawling on you 😳
They are also called Louse Flies , and they will bite but humans aren't their usually target ..
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Re: deer flies - keds

Postby GillC » Mon Aug 30, 2021 9:06 am

Still covered in wee red lumps and itching now :shock:
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Re: deer flies - keds

Postby auldal » Mon Aug 30, 2021 3:26 pm

Paul Webster wrote:On Arkle the other day....

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O.M.G. glad they haven't reached Northern Ireland yet!
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Re: deer flies - keds

Postby jupe1407 » Mon Aug 30, 2021 5:01 pm

They were ridiculous on the Glenfinnan munros over the weekend, though weirdly only from about 400m to summit level. I'd got back to the campsite, had a shower and was still finding them on me hours later, having shed their wings :lol:
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Re: deer flies - keds

Postby GillC » Mon Aug 30, 2021 5:27 pm

Bleurgh lol I was squashing them in a napkin as they crawled out my hair.....think it was my blood I was seeing :shock: :shock: :?
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Re: deer flies - keds

Postby JoClark » Thu Sep 02, 2021 9:59 pm

We hiked Gulvain yesterday and the keds were relentless. This is the first time we’ve come across them. We thankfully didn’t get bitten but hundreds landed on us!
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Re: deer flies - keds

Postby Pastychomper » Fri Sep 03, 2021 12:54 pm

I've seen a few keds in the last couple of years, didn't know what they were at first. They never seemed to bite despite being good at hanging on, until this week when I found an itchy bite mark after getting rid of several of the wee biters. I can't be sure it was them, but the timing fits. These ones were hanging around in the woods near sea level.
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Re: deer flies - keds

Postby iain_atkinson_1986 » Fri Sep 03, 2021 8:45 pm

Did Rois-bheinn yesterday (in clag, thanks MWIS :roll:) and the keds were constant. Is it normal for them to go for the neck or did I get some kind of vampire ked?
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Re: deer flies - keds

Postby AyrshireAlps » Sat Sep 04, 2021 8:58 am

I think they go for the hairline or top of your clothing, t shirt etc. They were the same on Arran on Wednesday, they're persistent buggers, not the easiest to swat away.
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Re: deer flies - keds

Postby Iain R » Sun Sep 05, 2021 1:50 pm

Plagued with them up the Bidean and Stob Coire Sgreamhach last week. Never seen anything like it. No bites, but as others have said, absolute pests of hell to avoid/ remove.
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