In addition to it being watermelon season it's Deer Fly season. That season runs from Mother's Day to Father's Day and it's a real bummer.
Deer Fly are a member of the Horse Fly family and they're vicious. Here's what Wikipedia says about them: They are smaller than wasps, and have coloured eyes and dark bands across their wings. While female deer flies feed on blood, males instead collect pollen. When feeding, females use knife-like mandibles and maxillae to make a cross-shaped incision and then lap up the blood. Their bite can be painful.
What an understatement! Their bite is beyond painful, you feel like something has taken a hacksaw to you. Mac says that if they were classified as a weapon the Geneva Convention would outlaw them because of their ferocity.
There is nothing you can spray on, wipe on or wear that will detract them. They'll bite right through you clothing.
A neighbor showed us how to get rid of them. It seems that they are attracted to the color blue----the flies, not the neighbor---and you can trap them. You paint a bottle blue, we use bleach and soap bottle, and then coat the bottles in a product called Tanglefoot. It's very sticky and will trap the flies.
You might think that sounds cruel, but obviously you've never been bitten by a deer fly. We have blue bottles all over our yard, so it's not too bad out there. But our morning walk has become an obstacle course as we try to avoid the flies. I've been bitten a number of times this week and it's no fun.
Can't wait for Father's Day.