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04-26-2010, 11:03 PM
went fishing today , and was attacked by knats despite being very windy. tried bug spray, no help at all. any suggestions ? did manage to catch a few.

04-27-2010, 04:20 AM
The best way to keep the gnats out of your face is to tear a hole in the seat of your britches!:eek:

04-27-2010, 04:37 AM
ss, you are right. off or insect repellant will not keep the gnats aka dog pecxer gnats away, but vanilla flavoring will. i keep a bottle in my truck, boats and turkey vest in the spring when they are out. and they are out big time now. the immatation flavoring will do. it does not have to be the high priced pure extract. an old river rat told me about it a long time ago. someone said skin-so-soft will keep them away too. never tried that. just rub it on your face and ears and any exposed skin around your face and neck. and if you are like me your bald head too.

it will make you smell better too.


04-27-2010, 04:56 AM
This is going to sound crazy but it works, at least for a few people I know, including myself. If none of the bug sprays are working for you, try Absorbine Jr - the pain reliever. This past week I was out of town and was fishing in a river area that had a massive buffalo gnat infestation. Tried a lot of different bug sprays, a water and vanilla mixture and while those worked for a while, the bugs would swarm again after a few minutes. I saw another fella fishing down the way from me and he didn't seem to have a problem with the bugs at all, so I wondered down and asked him what he was using to keep the bugs at bay. He told me it was Absorbine Jr. and gave me some to try. I put a couple dabs behind each ear, on my neck and all other exposed skin areas and it worked great.

I know it sounds off the wall but it did work for this guy and myself. May be worth a try if you've tried some other sprays and they aren't working as well as you'd like.

Just my .02

Hope it works for you.


04-27-2010, 05:05 AM
sounds like you got a lot of dogs up there in ill.


04-27-2010, 05:32 AM
Absorbine jr is the best I have found. For me it will last a couple hours at least. All the others, including vanilla will only last less than an hour. Ab. jr. got so popular up this way last year that it was hard to find in the stores. I spend a lot of my work days outside so now I buy a couple bottles at a time.

04-27-2010, 05:52 AM
Litsterine "type" mouthwash, mix 1/2 with H2O, put it in a spray bottle. Spray on face, arms, legs, works for me. If you buy the store brand, it's not at all expensive.

04-27-2010, 06:32 AM
Light up a cigarette.

04-27-2010, 09:34 AM
Carmex seems to work pretty well too. About the same in duration as vanilla. Gonna have to try the absorbine jr.

04-27-2010, 10:04 AM
i have not tried this to see if it indeed works
but i have heard several times that bounce dryer sheets
will work tuck a few in your shirt collar
i think the absorbene jr sounds better though

04-27-2010, 03:20 PM
I did pretty good with the Bens bug dope last year, i fish trout up in a lot of beaver dams and lots of nats and it seems to work pretty good.


04-27-2010, 05:02 PM
Anyone ever use one of these?

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I have one for when I go fishing in Canada and they work real well.

04-27-2010, 05:38 PM
I have heard the bounce sheets work as well but I have not tried them. I know the nats will sure feast on you over on Guntersville. GCD that was funny about the hole in the seat of your britches. I almost laughed a hole in mine.

04-27-2010, 05:52 PM
Take a oderless garlic pill every day and it will keep all kind of bugs away. They are also good for your heart.

04-27-2010, 06:16 PM
We use cheap mesh headnets and even gloves if the Knats are real bad. Repellants seem like they are not real effective.

04-27-2010, 06:49 PM
After getting bit in the corner of the eye, my eye swelled shut for about 2 days. We were using vanilla, (which didn't last but a couple of minutes), 2 different bug sprays had no effect, Icy Hot had no effect. Cigarettes did help some. Searched internet and found this product :

Buffalo Gnat Repellent (http://www.buggspray.com/buffalo-gnat-repellent.html) .

Three Walgreen's drugstores I tried were out of it, finally found one that still had some bottles and bought a couple. I haven't been able to try it yet. Above website has a video of a guy covered in gnats and 5 pumps of spray to his head and the gnats disappear.

Squall Line
04-27-2010, 08:08 PM
Take a oderless garlic pill every day and it will keep all kind of bugs away. They are also good for your heart.
I STRONGLY DISAGREE! Why take garlic that you can't have a contest with ? The odor by its self may keep the bugs away!
Ha Ha Ha :D

04-28-2010, 02:43 PM
Tried the Buggins spray today and it worked like a charm!

04-28-2010, 03:21 PM
i've never had any problem with vanilla flavoring keeping them off for hours. it's cheap and works for me.


04-28-2010, 03:27 PM
Thermo-cells. Get it a WallyWorld. Bear huntin in Canada with skeeters big enough to stand flat footed and breed chickens, and black bitin flies. Thermocell keeps 'em away. Good for sittin around the deck at night. Don't know if it'll work for dog pecker nats or not, but it keeps everything that flys off of me. Well, everything, except Wannabe's poo slingin that flys around ALOT.