Beat the Bugs with these Maine-Made products


No Fly Zone vest. Photo courtesy of Dog Not Gone. Beat the bugs with Dog Not Gone‘s Maine-made No Fly Zone accessories and clothing for people, dogs, and horses. Designer Julie Swain uses permethin-treated fabrics that repel ticks and biting insects including mosquitoes, chiggers, ants, flies, and midges. I’ve tested the vest, and can highly recommend it as a gift for yourself or others (with or without fur) on your list.

Not only are biting insects annoying (itching, scratching!), but often they also carry diseases such as Lyme and Zika. Better safe than sorry—even preventive treatment for tick bites can exceed $200. I’d all but sworn off walking in the woods, until Julie introduced me to her product line.

My hunter-orange vest not only repelled the nasties, it also kept me highly visible both in the woods and when walking along roadways.

The No Fly Zone human line includes:


• reversible headband (blaze orange/olive green or hot pink/olive green),

• 100% merino wool hiking socks (want!),

• gaiters (olive green), garden apron (olive green),

• baseball cap (blaze orange, lime green, hot pink),

• vest (blaze orange, olive green, hot pink),  and

• reversible hat and reversible vest (both blaze orange/olive green).

Dog Be Gone No Fly Zone canine safety vest. Photo courtesy Dog Be GoneAfter you outfit yourself, think about your dog and/or horse. Check out the No Fly Zone safety vests and kerchiefs for dogs; No Fly Zone safety  horse vests; untreated safety vests and pack vests for dogs; and a safety leash, reflective safety collar, and high-visibility reflective collar kerchief.

Swain, and her husband, Bill, founded Dog Not Gone in 2005. Her first product was a vest for a hunting dog, which she made at home. A buyer from L.L. Bean saw it, and the company took off. Now, their visibility and insect-repelling lines are made by Maine Stitching Specialties, their Skowhegan, Maine, manufacturing facility.

NOTE: I’m recommending this product because I tested it. I have not received any monetary or sponsorship compensation.

(All images courtesy Dog Be Gone).