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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-02-2016, 12:56 PM
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I live in South Florida and we have tons of gnats down here. I started using the REAL vanilla extract 2 years ago. It works to keep gnats from biting but they still buzz within inches which I find so annoying. Sweating in 90° weather requires I spritz myself down about every 2 hours if I'm lucky. Poor Traveler has them dive bombing his eyes and hasn't had much luck with the vanilla either.

In my opinion, vanilla is ok but it sure isn't all it's cracked up to be-at least down here in the 'Glades where bugs are in abundance and a whole lot bigger.

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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-02-2016, 01:25 PM
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Lemon and lavender essential oils are supposed to ward gnats away.. The actual plants as well, if planted around house can greatly minimize the little buggers
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Absorbine JR (the bottle with green cap) is the best deep woods gnat repellent I've ever found. We keep a bottle in the tackle box when we go fishing, an old trick from my Grandpa. You can dab it on the back of your hand and smear across your face, it really helps.

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Goodbye Sandfly is a super product, essential oil based, but it's expensive and you have to order it from NZ. It also repels chiggers/sand flies/sand fleas, but for gnats, nothing beats Absorbine IMO.
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