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Does anyone have an idea to make me less attractive to biting gnats/noseeums? I spend a lot of free time outdoors gardening and playing with my canine babies. These gnats are brutal. They get you before you know they are around. Living here, mosquitoes have always been a problem, but I believe the gnats might actually be worse. Help!
By Kathy Kesner M.08/15/2013
I can tell you what does not work, that's dryer sheets and off.
What will keep gnats away from my kids and I this baseball season? The gnats seem to be immune to everything I use.
By Taychahan from Port Wentworth, GA
Try vanilla extract. A little elderly man told me this and I was skeptical. Everyone I tell is skeptical but I'm the only one at the outdoor party without gnats. I put some on a cotton ball and rub it on my cheeks and neck. Works for thirty minutes or so. Test a patch of your skin for sensitivity first.
I live in southeastern NC and lately the outdoors has been overrun with small black mosquito-like bugs. They come around in a swarm. Does anyone know what I can do to get rid of them? Even just taking clothes off the clothes line or just walking to the mail box is a battle. I've never seen them this bad and I've lived here all my life.
By Cricket from Parkton, NC
By Neil McMillan 04/08/2010
LOL well sounds like the NH state bird has migrated south. We call them black flies and they bite and draw blood. They usually last about a month up here then the skeeters come out. I prefer the skeeters! LOL
The weather is going to get warmer and we'll be spending time up north which means you can't be outside without gnats and mosquitoes bothering and getting in your face. Any suggestions to keep them away from my face would be appreciated. Bug spray doesn't work.
grammamre from Charlotte, MI
By Louise B. 03/18/2008
Use a repellant with Deet. Home remedies and repellants without it or in small concentration are a waste. Deep Woods Off is a good brand.
I live in northern Saskatchewan, and can testify to it's effectiveness.
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I would just love to sit in my yard and enjoy some cool breezes (they happen occasionally, given the season). But the bugs (fleas) are visiting. It's most unpleasant.
Holly from Richardson, TX
It's not so pleasant now a days, heat rising to over 100 in much of TX., but if I have to go outside, I always spray a little repellent on my clothes and legs. Mosquitoes seem to be worse than anything here. My grandson thought we had fleas until he caught two which turned out to be a fruit fly, and a gnat. We have lots of Junipers, of the cedar family, planted around our home, and much natural mulch, which all seem to repel a lot of insects on our Zeriscaped property, and the insects seem to be in balance with Organic practices. Yet, sometimes we need to bend the rules to subdue the unwelcome pests. I have a large wasp nest I hate to destroy, but they are becoming a hazard to children where they have built their nest, and have to go.
Honestly, eating Garlic daily is the very best deterrent I have ever found outside of repellent. It isn't pleasant to smell if overdone but when you find a balance, you might appreciate it more? I believe that as times continue to get harder, Garlic Water will replace repellent and insecticides when out of control, and the whole world will be using it so much no one will smell better than another. Lol.
Fruit flies and gnats are irritants, but don't bite. Biting flies and house/horse flies DO bite and need control. Have you considered a large enclosed mesh Gazebo-tent for your patio? It would give you the best of both worlds and the Family Dollar, Dollar Generals, and Fiesta have had them recently unless they are sold out, for about $29. I'd get one if I could afford it, and if we had not been attacked by giant pumpkins or watermelons this season! God bless you : ) (07/12/2007)
This honestly works! To rid your outside areas of bees: Fill to 1/2 full a clear plastic sandwich bag. Toss a shiny penny inside the bag then tie the bag tightly shut with a piece of twine.
We were almost driven crazy Thursday at a school baseball game by the gnats or no see 'ems. At one point my husband said he was about to roll around on the ground to fight them off! We used spray more than once and we just passed the cans around, but it was like they just waited for the air to clear and our skin to dry and then they attacked again. What can we do?
By Sissy from Alabama
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