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Old 05-10-2016, 06:53 AM
 
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Is it me or are the gnat and flies worse this spring? Just sitting on my deck can result in itchy bites but I made the mistake of sitting on the shore of a local lake where it was much worse.

How do you deal with these pesky bugs?

How do you prevent getting bit?

How do you stop the itching?
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Old 05-11-2016, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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I haven noticed them being worse this year, yet.
At home, guineas, bats, purple martins.
Citronella candles, bug spray, itchy scratchy medicine.
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Old 05-11-2016, 07:52 PM
 
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I did have a bat box but it went with the old deck. I need another.

There are different types of gnats, the ones biting me look more like small flies. But you might not notice them until they are sucking your blood and by then it's too late. That bite, or siphon hole, will react with a itchy spot for days and the more you scratch the worse it gets.

I do use the otc stuff and it helps somewhat but I was thinking there might be a better treatment ... a local home remedy might yield better results.
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Old 05-11-2016, 08:20 PM
 
Location: On the plateau, TN
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I did have a bat box but it went with the old deck. I need another.

There are different types of gnats, the ones biting me look more like small flies. But you might not notice them until they are sucking your blood and by then it's too late. That bite, or siphon hole, will react with a itchy spot for days and the more you scratch the worse it gets.

I do use the otc stuff and it helps somewhat but I was thinking there might be a better treatment ... a local home remedy might yield better results.
I got bats in the barn...want some...


Hope they aren't chiggers ....
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Old 05-12-2016, 05:45 AM
 
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I got bats in the barn...want some...


Hope they aren't chiggers ....
If you get a bat box ... how do you get a bat to move in?



I don't have chigger bites don't ask how I know

I have been told some home remedies for chiggers bites ... including using diesel fuel

I think what I have now is the black fly gnat. When we got our first spring like warm days I could see tons of these little suckers sunbathing on my deck rail and propane tank ... or any surface that they could get warm. I don't see them sunbathing anymore but there are enough still flying around to bug you while outside. They will be gone soon when it starts turning typical hot and humid summer weather.
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Old 05-12-2016, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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My main tormentors are no see-ums.
The only thing other than encouraging natural predators and sprays that you can really do is watch your wet areas. Most egg/larval stages develop in water or mud.

The old timers used diesel fuel or coal oil for preventing chiggers and bug bites but that was before bug spray. I prefer bug spray. Thinking back its a wonder my granny didn't kill me with some of her remedy's.
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Old 05-12-2016, 08:01 AM
 
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My main tormentors are no see-ums.
The only thing other than encouraging natural predators and sprays that you can really do is watch your wet areas. Most egg/larval stages develop in water or mud.

The old timers used diesel fuel or coal oil for preventing chiggers and bug bites but that was before bug spray. I prefer bug spray. Thinking back its a wonder my granny didn't kill me with some of her remedy's.
Yep ... I think I get those also. Some I can see and swat and some seem to be stealth. I do have lots of water around me with ponds, private lakes, seasonal streams and a river very close.
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Old 05-12-2016, 08:01 AM
 
Location: On the plateau, TN
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If you get a bat box ... how do you get a bat to move in?



I don't have chigger bites don't ask how I know

I have been told some home remedies for chiggers bites ... including using diesel fuel

I think what I have now is the black fly gnat. When we got our first spring like warm days I could see tons of these little suckers sunbathing on my deck rail and propane tank ... or any surface that they could get warm. I don't see them sunbathing anymore but there are enough still flying around to bug you while outside. They will be gone soon when it starts turning typical hot and humid summer weather.

I would love to see them relocated....I guess you catch them like a rabbit...


"How do you catch a unique rabbit ....You neek up on him"


Don't know about diesel fuel, but have heard about kerosene......


Have not been bothered by gnats or mosquitoes over here....plenty of chiggers and ticks...
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Old 05-12-2016, 08:06 AM
 
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I would love to see them relocated....I guess you catch them like a rabbit...


"How do you catch a unique rabbit ....You neek up on him"


Don't know about diesel fuel, but have heard about kerosene......


Have not been bothered by gnats or mosquitoes over here....plenty of chiggers and ticks...
Sometime home remedies or home brews work. I recently had someone tell me he used engine oil (used) to stain his new deck. I thought this was strange but I researched it and sure enough it's not all that uncommon.

We seem to get everything here ... including freaky scary looking bugs and snakes!

Here are a few pics I took.
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Spring Gnats-freak2.jpg   Spring Gnats-black-rat-snake.jpg  

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