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Attracting Tabanids
Susan R Walter
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Posted on 16-09-2009 08:53
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I have taken the advice of Tony T and others and bought a black car. Obviously the primary consideration was the number of Tabanids I could attract just by parking up and leaving the windows open.
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Smile great car, outstanding Grin
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Hope it comes with a starting handle...bugger of a thing to jump start on the flat.
 
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Actually my antique Vauxhall (Opal) Kadett is bluey-green and it attracts Tabanids very well, as does the white Lada Niva I sometimes have use of, are you sure colour is significant, I thought they just loved machinery.Smile
 
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Gordon: I believe someone has done a study and worked out the most attractive colours. Stubbs talks about it in British Soldierflies. I would assume dark cars are generally better, as they are warmer.

Roger: There's a plate over the hole for inserting the starting handle as using it is a great way to break your wrist. You can't push start them either - ruins the gearbox. The dynamo died soon after we bought it and it now has a 6V alternator. In the cold we use a battery booster and a bit of fuel spray stuff, but it is remarkably reliable. Started better than our 12 year old Renault after we'd been away at Christmas time.
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