Being the person I am, I immediately hit the internet to find some solutions. I am here to report that eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil and hanging bags filled with water (with and without pennies) do not work. At all. None of these "deterrents" put even the tiniest dent in our growing fly colony. What I did discover was that they seem to hate bleach and as such, our boat has never been so clean. Keeping the screens up, food stuff covered, and a mosquito net over our companionway also seemed to keep them at bay. In addition, Scott miraculously found a single roll of fly tape (with sticky stuff that must have been developed by NASA) tucked deep within a drawer and, after three full days, it has now accumulated over sixty flies. It's like Christmas every morning when we do the daily fly count and discover we've captured more than the day before. I know, we're sick.
So yeah. It's been a little Lord of the Flies around here lately...moving on to Rodney Bay shortly then...Martinique!