Not sure how common a problem this is for people... Lately I've been recording in 'buggy' places to capture ambient nature sounds. I recently upgraded to some decent cardioid mics which always need wind protection because of their high sensitivity. Problem is, mosquitoes, flies and other insects seem to love the fur covering the ball gags, I guess mistaking it for an animal of some sort. While I don't mind an insect buzzing by every now and again, it can get annoying and unfruitful when attempting to record sounds other than these flying misfits.
I've tried keeping a good distance from the mics which sometimes detracts insects, but not always. I'm reluctant to spray the fur with insect repellant for fear the chemical fumes may possibly harm the (overpriced) plastic ball gags and (pricey) microphone capsules. Does anyone know any tricks or techniques to solve the issue?
Any advice is welcome.