Keeping Bugs Away When Sitting Outdoors?

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


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April 13, 20100 found this helpful

My grandfather used to say his pipe smoke kept them away so wondering if lighting a punk stick would do the trick. I would also try bug spray and see if that keeps them from swarming around you. They are the worst!

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April 14, 20100 found this helpful

What I use at home is table salt pour a thin line outside each doorway; they will not cross into house. If your outside you can but 7dust 5% and rub on your skin or the child's it's harmless been having it used on me all my life & I'm 56 I still use it when I go outside in the evenings to keep away mosquitoes.


It also works on pets for fleas.

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April 14, 20102 found this helpful

If a gnat is a mosquito, I use Skin So Soft. A product of Avon. This smooths the skin and for some reason, the bugs don't like it. I am not sure if Avon is in the states it is in Canada.

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May 22, 20180 found this helpful

A while back while living in Bibee, Arizona, I initially did not know gnats or as they are frequently known as noseeums here. One day out, I kept noticing these tiny critters just flying all over my face, neck, ears and nose. As I got home, I itched almost as much as we itch from poison ivy, scratched and scratched until I was sore. Later on, all these little bites turned into fluid-filled craters, continued itching and my scratching opened up all these bumps. I felt and looked horrible and have been vigilant ever since.


Skin so soft really repels them and mosquitoes. It is a pleasant, mild oil which smoothes your skin and really helps with the tiniest of all pests.

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April 16, 20100 found this helpful

Gnats can be impervious to most remedies. But you can try bathing and shampooing your hair with peppermint castile soap and chewing peppermint gum. That's what I do when I go camping and the bugs leave me alone.

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June 4, 20120 found this helpful

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.

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June 13, 20160 found this helpful

Does help somewhat but not entirely. When the gnats are really bad, I'm afraid they are the winners at the ballgame one is trying to sit thru.

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