Bugs buzzing and swarming around can make your time outdoors anything but enjoyable. This is a guide about keeping bugs away when sitting outdoors.
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
March 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.
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!
August 15, 2013
I can tell you what does not work, that's dryer sheets and off.
By taychahan 1
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
June 4, 2012
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
April 8, 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
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
The following are supposed to keep fleas away: tobacco (cigarettes or leaves) or lavender/lavender oil. Put lavender oil on your shoes (some people find it very irritating on the skin). Crumble tobacco or lavender flowers and sprinkle around your chairs. (07/08/2007)
I find I can sit relatively bug free on my back step until one of the cats goes running through the grass and stirs up the bugs. Also, keep perfume and pretty smelling shampoos to a minimum. Mosquitoes don't really like me that much, but some people I know say that drinking home made lemonade from real lemons in the summer keeps bugs away from them. I also heard that rubbing banana skins on mosquito bites helps. (07/08/2007)
We find that running a table fan, and having the breeze from it blow over us where we are sitting outside, does a good job of keeping mosquitoes away. I think an applied bug spray like OFF might help with the fleas. In Florida it helped fight off the No-Seeums. (07/11/2007)
Burning citronella candles or incense can help keep away bugs. I burn incense when camping. (07/11/2007)
Use a Bounce dryer sheet or two, clip it on yourself anywhere you can, preferably high up. I saw this on line one time and thought, oh right...tried it in a moment of desperation (gnats) and it worked. (07/11/2007)
We used to have to deal with fleas in South Carolina when we lived there. Fleas do NOT like marigolds so you might try planting them in the areas you like to sit in. They also do not like oregano which you can also plant (and eat!). This may not be a good solution at this point for this summer, but if it is a yearly thing you might consider it.
People say Skin-So-Soft from Avon works and smells great. (07/11/2007)
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)
I read that lemons boiled and steeped in water will make a good flea repellent. I didn't have any fresh lemons on hand, but put bottled lemon juice in a spray bottle and it seemed to work great! I sprayed it on my feet, ankles and legs (I've read that vinegar will do this, but I don't want to repel everyone - just the fleas). ;) (07/20/2007)
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. Hang this bag anywhere you want bees to stay away from and start smiling, cause it works!
Why it works: bees don't have the same eyes as we humans; so, bees 'see' this as a spider in a web and they don't want to get caught!
Stuff any size of brown paper bag with newspaper, enough to puff it up. Either tie the bag shut with twine or tape it shut with brown tape. Then, either hang the bag OR tape the bag to any place that won't be rained on.
Why it works: bees 'see' a wasps' nest and don't want anything to do with wasps. In fact, when I taped mine up, a yellow jacket came right next to my head, touched the bag two or three times, then flew away. The only bee to come near since I hung the bag, not even a wasp has come around the bag!
NOTE: Since I used both of these hints, I have NOT had a single bee within 15 feet of my back door; thank goodness for small favors. Plus, these are easy, inexpensive hints and neither look awful, maybe only "odd".
Source: Who knows? I stumbled on these hints a long time ago.
By Janie from Ranshaw, PA
What do you fill the bag with besides a shiny penny? (05/12/2009)
Yeah, I was wondering that, too. Inquiring minds want to know! (05/12/2009)
I was wondering what was in the bag with the penny also. (05/12/2009)
I'm wondering, too. Is it air or water? (05/13/2009)
Looks like I'm not the only one wondering just what to fill the bag to 1/2 full of? (05/13/2009)
I'm filling mine with water. One year we had a concession stand in the horse barn area. I filled plastic bags with water and hung them around the windows/doors and that helped with flies. I imagine you fill these bags with water also, only add a penny for the effect of a spider. (05/13/2009)
I've got to get hubby to try this, carpenter bees love our front porch! (05/13/2009)
What am I filling the clear plastic bag 1/2 full with? (05/14/2009)
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
Best thing I have found is Deet, available in just about every place. Big box stores, hardware, Walmart, drug stores, etc. (03/24/2009)
Take dryer sheets with you. Rub them on your clothing then leave them laying near you. They really help. (03/24/2009)
As far as mosquitoes go, if you hang a bottle of beer with just some in the bottom, 1/4 cup, then they will go and drink themselves dizzy and then drown. Put it in a tree that is a little ways away from where you will be. (03/24/2009)
By Robyn Fed
Put cheap antiseptic mouthwash (like Listerine) in a spray bottle and spray around you and on you. It is supposed to kill the bugs, especially mosquitoes. Be sure to use the yellow "nasty tasting" mouthwash and not the minty, sugary kind. (03/27/2009)
Is there any tips for keeping bees and wasps away from you when your outside? I'm a stay at home mom. The kiddies and I do a lot of outdoor things in the summer months. We don't want to be chasing bugs away. Any tips?
To bee honest children have to learn that if they are outside there will bee bugs. You would bee better off teaching them to react sensibly when insects are around, ie not screaming and waving their arms around. Explain how valuable they are to the environment, do a project, do some craft. Insects are the most numerous animal on the planet, you can't get rid of them all, so don't waste time and energy trying to. (04/10/2010)
I sure don't enjoy sitting outside with bees and/or wasps flying around the area I am in. For some reason the apartment building I live in seems to attract them. It isn't a large number but when you have a small patio and there are 3-4 wasps acting like kamakazee pilots the whole time you sit out there it isn't real enjoyable, and in good old SD in the evening there is mosquitos and gnats ot put up with. (04/10/2010)
Yes and remember that bees are the one that pollinate many flowers that we rely on for fruit, vegetables, herbs etc.
Sadly and mysteriously, the honey bee is in great decline worldwide.
Here's a quick guide to bees and wasps. http://www.ebeehoney.com/beeid.html
"Wasps are thinner, can be aggressive, and interested in food and garbage. Bees are generally plumper, mild mannered and interested in flowers, not your lunch or garbage can." - eBeeHoney.com (04/10/2010)
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You can use herbal bug spray (like Burt's bees, safe for kids). I dilute it even, if it is too greasy or thick. I put it in a spray bottle and use on me and my dog whenever we go out in the spring and summertime. (04/10/2010)
Bees and wasps are not particularly interested in people. Bees are attracted to certain flowers, so if you avoid those areas, you should be fine. Wasps and hornets can be aggressive if you invade their territory. There is nothing that will repel them if you are too near their nest. Again, avoidance is the best policy. If they build their nests in your yard, you can have those removed. (04/12/2010)
Well, insects may be the most numerous thing on the planet, but some of us not only do not want them swarming around us and our small children, but some of us are actually very allergic to bee, wasp, and hornet stings, so bee-ing funny does not help.
I am very allergic to stings, and if stung, I could not only stop breathing, but have a seizure, and with two small special needs kids at home, I am interested in how my kids can play outside on a beautiful summer's day and enjoy themselves, and not have to be cooped up inside.
I would like to see if I could buy some netting or screen material in large quantities, and make a wrap around for my porch. We have a large covered, but not screened in deck that provides shade, but no protection from the many bees, wasps and such that love to buzz around. I should also mention, I rent, so anything I do come up with cannot permanently change the look of the place. So, if there is anyplace that sells odd sizes or maybe gives discounts, perhaps we could go that way. (04/12/2010)
I too am highly allergic (could stop breathing) to stings too but I've learned over the decades to simply stay away from the areas they swarm at the times of day they swarm. If there is just an independent cuss or two or three or four simply don't panic, sit/stand calmly and quickly swat them with the back of your hand away from you when they get near enough to you. I actually had one land on my lip once and because I just remained calm, thought it through and swatted the little bugger away (away and not in to you is the keyword) it was gone, gone, gone and didn't return. Our fear is what causes the stinging in 99.99% of the time!
Check out your local Home Depot type store for netting and just nail it to the porch enclosure. That's easily removable when you move.
And Mrs. Christmas gave you excellent advice and was bee-ing clever in the wording and not smart aleck funny. (04/12/2010)