Insecticide foggers will knock down adult buffalo gnats, but they will return because they have a very short breeding period. The foggers will provide tempory relief, but if that's what you seek you can find the foggers by clicking
The buffalo gnat, also known as the black fly or turkey gnat, is a tiny creature that measures no more than 5 mm. Even though it is called the black fly, it may also be gray, brown, or even some shades of orange. It has a humpback, which is how its name originated. The buffalo gnat has clear wings, big eyes, and antennae with eleven segments.
Areas with streams or rivers provide an excellent atmosphere for the buffalo gnat. Because its eggs live in water, the reproduction rate in moist areas is high, including climates with heavy precipitation. The buffalo gnat is commonly found in wooded areas, as well as arctic areas. Canada is a popular buffalo
The life cycle of the buffalo gnat is unique. Eggs are laid hundreds at a time and they develop in flowing water. Females often drop their eggs into the water from the air or lay the eggs directly onto aquatic plants. Fortunately, buffalo gnats cannot survive in still water like ponds. When they develop into larvae they find a stable surface on stones or vegetation. They have a small structure similar to a suction cup, attached to their abdomen that allows them to stick to surfaces. For up to two weeks they grow and eat to gain energy. Once strong enough, they fly. The adult buffalo gnat emerge from the water, sometimes through a bubble of air, and are immediately ready to fly. They typically live for another three weeks.
Instances of human and animal suffering from buffalo gnats has been recorded throughout history. Female buffalo gnats have teeth that can cut human skin. They need nectar and blood to survive, so they will bite at humans any chance they can get. (Males only need nectar to survive and cannot bite.) In tropical areas and places with warm, moist climates, buffalo gnats can cause diseases in humans, such as river blindness. They are also known to attack cattle. Consequences of buffalo gnat bites for animals include extreme weight loss, anaphylactic shock, and death. Turkeys and other types of poultry may have parasites or diseases after being bitten by buffalo gnats. Like mosquitoes, buffalo gnats can be carriers of encephalitis. Oddly, the cleaner the water in rivers and streams is, the higher the population of buffalo gnats tends to be.
Some states will spray insecticide over the ground to decrease the number of buffalo gnats. This treatment has proven to help eliminate the pests. If you experience a buffalo gnat infestation, do not try to treat with insecticide. Report the infestation to state health officials who are trained in eliminated
Buffalo gnats are daytime bitters. Once the sun comes up, look out. Typically, they won't go indoors because of the lack of sunshine. So, either stay inside or consider the following tips to avoid buffalo gnats.
26 Mar 2010, 11:05
I live in Oklahoma and May is the worst month for buffalo gnats. The past
few years they have not been a problem because it has been so dry. But this
year will be different, with all the moisture. We use Avon- Skin so soft,
and or Absorbin Jr. Both work well to repel the pesky little critters.
21 Apr 2010, 11:35
I have used vanilla scents and pure vanilla, and I have to say that pure
vanilla works best. Dilute it in water and spritz from a water bottle and
they will leave you alone. The only problem I have is I HATE the smell of
vanilla, but I will take it over those little pesky buggers.
21 Apr 2010, 17:34
I live in Illinois and vanilla does not work for me. Does anyone know of
something I can put on my dogs too? We can't go outside without being
swarmed in less than a minute. Has anyone used Buggins spray?
22 Apr 2010, 12:30
What are the portions of vanilla & water to make the spray to keep these
22 Apr 2010, 21:40
Buffalo gnats have been awful here near St. Louis for the past few days. I
put a couple of fabric softener sheets in my pockets and under my hat to
keep the varmits off me when I golf. I also have rubbed my dog with a sheet
before we go for walks, too. Seems to work for us!
24 Apr 2010, 12:35
we live in illinois what has worked for us is bath and body works "warm
vanilla sugar" body spray , call first they have a hard time keepin it in
stock this time of year,my husband even uses it he works out doors they
drive him crazy if he does'nt use it.Also type in bath and body coupon
10.00 off 30.00 print it out and you can save some money.
27 Apr 2010, 19:07
I live in North Florida the bug capitol of the world. Have not heard of any
real serious problems with the Buffalo knats here in Fl. Sounds like they
are more a midwestern and northern problem.
28 Apr 2010, 22:41
I have a pregnant dog is there something I can use on her to keep her from
being bothered by the knats when she is outside? I'm afraid to use so many
things due to her being pregnant. She is due in 12 days.
Ask the Exterminator
29 Apr 2010, 10:06
There is a new product called BugBand and contains the natural essence of
geraniums. It's for humans, but might work on your dog.
01 May 2010, 12:45
We live in west-central Illinois and have a bad infestation of Buffalo
Knats every year. I have learned that the vanilla only lasts for about 5
minutes. If you apply a 50% mixture of vanilla and 50% alcohol on your
skin, it will last for about 2 to 3 hrs.
You can also purchase a mosquito net that fits over your head at Walmart in
the sporting goods dept. They are inexpensive... only cost about $4.00 or
you can order them online at www.sportsmansguide.com for $4.95. You can
reuse them every year.
02 May 2010, 23:47
Are these the gnats that get inside your home via bird seed, pellets, fresh
fruit and plants? We get them inside the house about this time every year.
I just wonder if these could be the Buffalo Gnats, and will they hurt my
dogs, cats and parrots?
Ask the Exterminator
03 May 2010, 07:27
No. Buffalo gnats breed along bodies of water, not inside your home.
03 May 2010, 09:21
Buffalo knats look like minature honey bees or big flies. The Exterminator
is right. Buffalo Knats do not live in your home. They prefer the outside
and cool very moist conditions meaning the springtime of the year with
temperatures between 55 and 75 degrees. They like cool water. The female
is the only one that bites and they can flog you (hundreds at a time...
getting in your face,ears,nose and hair. They leave big welts and can bite
numerous times. The bites itch intensely. The females actually suck your
blood when they bite. Without fresh blood, they cannot reproduce in the
cool running bodies of water where they lay hundreds of eggs per knat. They
have been known to kill 1000's of chickens by getting into their windpipe
and cutting oxygen off. They have also been known to kill cows, horses,
dogs and other animals too. They are naturally drawn to humans and animals
through their ability to sense warm bloodied species and can find you
within one second of the time you go outside. They are prominent in the
midwestern U.S. such as Illinois but can travel 80 to 150 miles on a strong
wind and start reproducing there. The only good news is that when the
weather warms above 78 and the water temperatures rise, the Buffalo Knats
completely disappear until the following spring when they come back to make
our lives miserable again. They have been in our area for the past 4
springs now (approximately 6 to 8 weeks)each year. Hope this information
has proved helpful.
04 May 2010, 14:47
i hate the buffolo gnats. i live in central illinois and they are bad. i
have gotten bit every year on my eye lid. my eye swells shut for about 2
days. i have to go to the doctor for a shot everytime. nothing seems to
work for me.
04 May 2010, 21:20
diana: there has been a lot of cases of parrots being killed because of the
buffalo gnat. please be careful
24 May 2010, 01:23
I work in Osceola, Ar. and just found out about the dam things and they are
leaving huge knots on me, I hope I don't go blind or get some disease from
29 May 2010, 18:49
The gnats are BAD here in West Michigan this Spring - at least where I
live. Go outside and within seconds, you will be bombarded by the little
bast*rds. Deet doesn't work very well and the vanilla trick is useless. I
sprayed with Cutter pest control with ZERO results. My only relief has come
from staying inside. There is a small creek about 200 yards from my house
and I think that is where there are coming from. There are literally
thousands of them in my backyard. If there is a God, then WHY did he create
these worthless and miserable creatures.
29 May 2010, 18:55
I have been hearing that the "gnat season" around here will be over in
about three weeks. Well, I've lived in this area for my entire life and
I've never seen the gnats this bad.
As much as I HATE these insects, I have to hand it to them... they are
relentless... stopping at nothing to suck my blood.
06 Jun 2010, 20:21
Re: I have used vanilla scents and pure vanilla, and I have to say that
pure vanilla works best. Dilute it in water and spritz from a water bottle
and they will leave you alone. The only problem I have is I HATE the smell
of vanilla, but I will take it over those little pesky buggers.
Is this safe to use on birds that are indoors? Can you put it in their bath
water? Drinking water? Spray on them?
I have been bombarded with gnats and I am not sure if they are buffalo
gnats but I want to protect my birds. I have been killing at least 1 a
day...today I killed 3. I have been using a spray it it only knocks them
down for a few minutes. If I dont find them and kill them they recover and
06 Jun 2010, 21:58
I bought Buggins yesterday at Ace hardware and used it last night. It kept
the gnats away. I mowed the grass today without it and now I have a big
swollen ear!!! I don't ever remember these gnats being this bad. I live in
Ask the Exterminator
07 Jun 2010, 11:22
Speak to a vet about what is safe to use on and around your birds.
10 Jun 2010, 11:00
Since moving to Oklahoma I've had to deal with the annual resurgence of
buffalo gnats. I'm highly allergic and mainly stay inside as much as
possible. I do plan to try the vanilla remedy because I don't like using
DEET and the Skin-So-Soft is too greasy. Good luck to all you anti-buffalo
gnatters out there.
28 Jun 2010, 11:17
Here in southeast Iowa, the gnats are horrible right now as we have had so
much rain! We have lost chickens from the buffalo gnats for the last two
years. Around here, we use Absorbine Jr. to keep the gnats away from us.
06 Jul 2010, 20:29
DAVE WROTE:"If there is a God, then WHY did he create these worthless and
I'm not to sure about God, but these creatures are proof of the devil.
22 Oct 2010, 15:35
I have heard that fabric softener sheets have held the gnats at bay. This
will work wiping your head and shoulders down. I have a gas backpack
sprayer that I use for mosquito control. Taking this to the next step, I
have purchaced liquid fabric softener. I have mixed 1 cup to 3 gallons of
water and sprayed my yard. This works great for about a week or so. You
could also use a garden hose sprayer attactchment and just spray you lawn.
11 May 2011, 16:37
these gnats are awefull in central Il this year. the best thing i have
found is pure vanilla in a spray bottle of water.
12 May 2011, 10:41
Banana Boat Sport sunscreen is 100% effective at repelling the gnats. This
is not anecdotal as is Skinsosoft and vanilla extract. The Banana Boat
will absolutely keep the gnats from biting you. You might be skeptical,
but please try this. The sunscrren has worked for every person in
Natchez,Ms. that has tried it. Get the word out.
12 May 2011, 10:52
Does it matter what spf banana boat you use? I have banana boat sport spf
30. Please help there driving me crazy!
12 May 2011, 22:41
How can I kill the larvae in our 1.5 acre pond? It has been so wet and
windy this spring and the buffalo gnats have whelped up my face, beside my
eye and around my neck!!! I have NEVER experienced ANYthing like this in
my life! HELP PLEASE!! We are concerned about contacting an illness from
them. How likely is this?
13 May 2011, 00:21
I live in IL like several of the other commenters. Repellant with DEET is
useless. The vanilla (pure REAl vanilla not imitation) does seem to help
some, it won't eliminate them but seems to prevent them from biting as
much. I find the best solution of all is covering as much of your exposed
skin as possible especially your head and ears (I wear a bandanna or a
BUFF). I am going to try some of the other suggested repellents, I
appreciate all this information.
13 May 2011, 07:04
The gnats have taken over again. I've resorted to covering my head and neck
with netting as other options have failed. No matter how warm it is, I wear
gloves and long sleeved shirts. Just waiting them out now.... should be
about two-three more weeks of the little sh*ts.
13 May 2011, 07:05
The only real relief we have found from these gnats here in southern
Illinois is a lit cigarette. Just holding a lit one will keep them away but
as soon as it's out they come right back.
13 May 2011, 12:38
I use spf 50 Banana Boat Sport in the orange container. Some folks say the
spray also works. Please let me know if this doesn't work for you and your
13 May 2011, 20:51
Pure vanilla extract with peppermint and lavender oil. I bought some pure
vanilla from ebay a few years ago and didn't like the taste, but it works
well for bug repellent. If you use vanilla it has to be the real stuff, not
imitation. We mixed the vanilla, peppermint oil, and lavender oil with
water in a spray bottle. I have to really dowse myself with it to work and
reapply about every 1 1/2 to 2 hours. They leave big welts, so the spray is
much easier to deal with. The mixture seems to work for most all critters,
but need much heavier dose for the buffalo gnats in Southern Il.
16 May 2011, 21:14
Thank you all for your comments. My wife is in the ER right now from
swelling up like crazy all over her head and face. All I can figure is
they are from these nasty critters that have swarmed suddenly. We're in
Wisconsin and have never seen them before. But it sounds like it's just
the right temp, and it's been very wet, and they fit the descriptions. I
sprayed the yard with Spectracide today, and it seems like it's cut them
down somewhat. I'm glad to hear they'll go away when it gets warm...just
in time for the killer mosquitoes!
19 May 2011, 17:26
How long will they stick around? they are attacking South east Indiana like
19 May 2011, 22:25
They are crazy in Souther Indiana! Its awful I have tried the pure vanilla
and that seemed to backfire cause they were swarming me :( we also have an
outside dog any suggestions on how to keep them away or ease them up in the
yard would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
19 May 2011, 23:41
We mix one part Absorbine Jr to two parts citrus Listorine. Spray your hat
and rub some of the mixture on your ears and nose but do not let sweat run
fm your forhead into the eyes; as the absorbine jr will sting some. Also
around the neck and hands They may buzz but dont bite/sting w other
products as much
20 May 2011, 02:40
Bronco Fly Spray for horses works great on dogs. It not only repels flies,
fleas and ticks, but also those pesky buffalo gnats. I've used it for
years on my dogs with no side effects. In fact, they can't wait to get
misted! It is approved for horses and dogs only though. You can buy it at
your local farm stores and through the internet.
20 May 2011, 14:09
I have tried all sorts of "remedies",
But what I have found to work is Banana Boat Sport sunscreen w/upf of at
least 50. Works for about 2 hours. Have You heard this?
P. S. Klein
20 May 2011, 17:58
I have been using "Repel" sportsman max formula repellent with good
results. It containa 40% DEET. Generally, the higher the DEET content, the
better the results. Spray in hand and spread on exposed skin. Avoid area
close to eyes. Works for 3 to 4 hours. I also spray it on my hat for extra
The flies will bounce around on you, but won't bite the treated areas.
21 May 2011, 23:30
I live about 13 miles from cairo in southern illinois, none of the bug
repellants even Repel sportsman with the 40% deet doesnt do a thing slows
them down only for a few minutes but never stops them and only works a few
24 May 2011, 21:24
Don't be shy about using enough to thoroughly wet the areas with DEET
repellent that you want to protect. If you are worried about using too much
repellent you had better stay indoors and forget about going outdoors. I
live 300 feet from the Wabash River so we have plenty of the little biters
too. I worked outside today and one application at 8AM and another at 1PM
worked fine with no bites. I heard some good reports about the Absorbine
Jr. but have not had to try it.
25 May 2011, 08:04
I have found that UltraShield GREEN, made by Absorbine, is incredibly
effective. I found it at my local Farm supply store, and it's marketed for
horses, cattle, and dogs. It has no harmful chemicals, no DEET, but does
have about 8 different natural oils that act as repellants. Smells OK
too...mostly like citronella. I loved this so much that I wrote the
company CEO yesterday, as it literally is saving our skin. No more welts
after going to work in my yard! Try it! There's even a discount coupon on
25 May 2011, 22:20
Like Ken above, I too am in Natchez, MS. I have tried DEET and it seems to
call them like a dinner bell.
I was making my own Buffalo Gnat (Black Fly) repellent from McCormick Pure
Vanilla Extract and some water in a spray bottle. It works, but you have to
keep re-applying it about once an hour. Hungry people chase you down the
street, but the gnats will leave you alone.
A friend and I decided to test the Banana Boat Sunscreen mentioned by Ken
above. These products do not claim to be bug repellents and contain no
DEET, but I can say that they work much better than DEET or the vanilla.
With the flooding this year, the black fly is hitting us in swarms.
I put on the Banana Boat and my buddy had nothing. I was expecting to be
smelling like coconut or something, but this stuff has almost no odor at
all. Anyway, I stood there watching the bugs swarming all around him and
none were bothering me. He put it on and immediately, they left him alone
as well. We let everyone at work know and have had nothing but positive
remarks about it.
It doesn't seem to matter what SPF. I used the Ultra Defense and others
used different products, but we all agreed that it worked. This is not a
mineral oil base, but a lotion or spray. It doesn't seem greasy. I even run
my hands over my hair with it and it keeps them out of my hair.
It seems to work pretty well for about 3 to 4 hours and a light
re-application will take care of you for the rest of the work day. Besides,
we need the sunscreen anyway.
I have also been told by my pharmacist this afternoon that she heard the
Bullfrog products work just as well as Banana Boat. I cannot verify that,
but will pass it along. She was also glad to hear more comments about the
Banana Boat, because she said folks are coming in and asking all day,
I found this site recently and got good info here and just wanted to return
and let people know.
26 May 2011, 15:14
i have tried the vanilla spray it works for maybe 5 mints and they are
back, smoke from a fire works or if you smoke that will work,but as soon as
it is out they come back,tried the scented sheets it didnt work either. I
hope this banana boat sports sunscreen works. Does anyone know of anything
that u can put into ponds to kill them,Please let me.thanks
28 May 2011, 06:45
I live in Mississippi, by the Mississippi River. We had the water to rise.
Those creatures is tearing us apart. My husband works on a farm near water
and wooded areas 12 or more hours a day. Please let me know what he can
use for these creatures. Thanks
28 May 2011, 17:56
Look up above a few messages for more details from me, but I've tried this
UltraShield stuff (by Absorbine) for this past week, and it's amazing. Not
only are the gnats leaving me alone, but I haven't seen a tick since,
either, and they are really heavy this year too.
29 May 2011, 09:52
Dave and Jon commented on why God would put such a creature on this earth.
My phylosophy is that He wants to remind us that there IS a hell and this
is just a little part of it.
29 May 2011, 23:17
We live in southern Indiana, we have been using a natural spray called
Buggins, works pretty good for about 2 hrs then just reapply. Good stuff
31 May 2011, 12:29
Some suggestions were to apply Banana Boat Sport 50. I bought some, put it
on and the gnats disappeared from around me. They moved, instead, to my son
who had none on. It must be something about the smell...which I like.
01 Jun 2011, 09:12
I live in Northeast Louisiana approximately 1 mile from the "high"
Mississippi River. I had 32 chickens one morning before going to work. When
I come home about 8 hours later i had 22 dead chickens due to buffalo
gnats. The gnats swarmed in and killed them in 5 or six hours time. I have
ten left and have been treating them with permethrin dust and spray which
has continued to help keep the ten i got left alive.
05 Jun 2011, 19:50
I live in La.on Lake St John Near Natchez Miss. these Gnats are about to
pack us away, they are ever where, i have tried all kinds of thing, last
year I Heard of the Banana Boat-50 Sun Screen,buy it a Wal- Mart in a
Orange Tube, IT WORKS!!put it on all expose skin. I also put it on my Cap
as well, it will keep the away for about 2 hours, be sure to nut rub it in,
when you first put it on you should have white look to your skin, it will
05 Jun 2011, 23:20
Look for buggins only thing that works well that I have found here in
06 Jun 2011, 21:59
I live in central illinois and the knats are bad here i am severely
allergic to there bites last year my eyes swelled shut and lost all hearing
in my ears had to be treated in the emergency room. All of my friends said
to try vanilla but it did not work very well, This year i ordered skin so
soft by avon, they havnt BUGGED me at all. I will definately be buying this
yearly, and it beats going to the e-room.
08 Jun 2011, 21:54
I live in Vicksburg, MS and someone had told us about Beneficial Nematodes.
They are suppose to be effective in killing fleas, ticks, gnats, some ants,
etc. I have done a little research and it appears to be an organic and safe
way to kill many pests and is not harmful to humans or to pets. I am
curious if anyone has used this method and what their results were. As far
as a repellent, we used one tablespoon of vanilla extract with 1 cup water,
this past week-end in Greenville, MS at a golf tournament and it did work
for the most part.
10 Jun 2011, 10:44
I live in central Arkansas & went fishing 2 weeks ago used deet on exposed
skin-- gnats ate me up - got behind glasses - swelled one eye shut.Am using
product called SWAN anti-itch lotion and benedril @ night- still have hugh
red whelps around neck. AM going to buy the BANANA BOAT for next fishing
trip--thanks so much you all for sharing
Jerry from Ilinois
14 Jun 2011, 13:49
Go to Walgreens womens cosmetic dept buy a product called BODY FANTASIES
Vanilla Fantasy comes in plastic spray bottles. Everyone in my area uses
this and IT WORKS GREAT!!!! I also spray my dogs ears with this. I
recommend to buy a couple of bottles and keep 1 in your vehicle and at
home. GOOD LUCK
Jerry from Illinois
14 Jun 2011, 15:25
Also I forgot to mention from experience.When bitten by these gnats, wipe
or hold a rag soaked with 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol to reduce the
swelling and itching from the bite. I found without doing this the swelling
and itching could last over a week and doing this would reduce both
amazeingly within 1 hour.
Grady from Arkansas
15 Jun 2011, 09:52
We use Banana Boat Tanning Oil (waterproof)with good results. Yes, it is
greasy; but who cares if it works. I also use Hawaiian Tropic Dark Tanning
Oil; smells good and works (also greasy, and no SPF).
24 Aug 2011, 13:57
I go to the farm supply store and get water-based horse fly spray. I use
it on my black lab. Works for biting flies, mosquitoes, gnats, ticks, deer
flys. This was recommended by our Vet. I use it as directed on the label.
Our lab is an outdoor dog, so I use it about once a week, or whn I notice
he bugs bothering him. Hope this helps.
10 Oct 2011, 18:51
I live in Minnesota and its is the middle of October 2011, I have gotten
bit by "noseeem" bugs that leave big welts on your skin. I have never seen
this before. I seen the usual gnats that bug you in the summer but these
are different, they bite you anywhere on your skin and you can feel them
biting you. I was outside in my backyard and they were bad, then yesterday
I was on a boat on the Mississippi and it was during the day with a good
breeze and the bit my ankles the back of my arms
11 Feb 2012, 21:34
Here is a warning, folks. A friend gave me a large spider plant she kept
outdoors in Woodstock, IL. I repotted it and assumed it was safe to bring
indoors. Wrong. I am infested with obnoxious biting gnats. I trapped a few
and researched on line and sure enough, they're gnats. Upon further
investigating, I discovered that my houseplants were their nursery. I was
forced to destroy my beloved houseplants and there are still a few gnats
flying around driving me nuts. I am allergic to insect bites and have been
to the ER on one occasion a few years back and can't go outdoors w/out
spray and covered up. Be very careful of any plants that have been kept
outdoors. Also, I use eucalyptus oil in a trigger spray/with water. Safe
and effective. Cheap @ Walmart. Not only keeps them away but helps heal the
skin when bitten. That and bag balm, Capcicium topically applied for bites;
oh, I have en entire drawer all ready for onslaught 2012!! we're locked and
loaded. Avon SSS is good for protection but it's greasy. Aromatherpeutic
oils like eucalyptus, citron and lavender mixed w/H2O in a trigger is safe
and effective. Gnats breeding indoors ? YES. ask me,I know.
04 Apr 2012, 20:45
I've been using Walmart brand liquid fabric softener diluted about 1:1 with
water in a spray bottle. Works pretty darn good at repelling these gnats. I
spray the horses with it too. We all smell great :D
04 Apr 2012, 20:48
I found the mosquito head nets at Walmart for $2. They sell out of them
fast this time of year.
08 Apr 2012, 11:31
I have been using the buggins spray for the last 2 yrs. works pretty good
for bout 2-3 hrs, less time if you sweat more. permetherin does pretty good
for chickens. have found alot of more helpful things on here. thx alot.
23 Apr 2012, 02:25
I walk many miles along a trail next to the Arkansas River in central
Arkansas. The buffalo gnats (black flies) are tenacious and relentless.
DEET (Cutter Sportsmen 40) will keep them from actually biting, BUT they
will still light and annoy the heck out of you. The Banana Boat sunscreen
(I use Sport 15) keeps them from even lighting! It only lasts a few hours,
so be sure to carry it with you for reapplication. The Coleman head-net
(Wal-Mart) is best but you look stupid and people laugh. I recommend the
Banana Boat AND a headnet if you are really serious about avoiding the huge
welts and terrible itching.
23 Apr 2012, 03:00
LOL, yep we look pretty darn silly with our headnets but it's the only way
to go. My horse has one too and she looks like a martian. Will have to try
the Banana Boat. Wonder what's in it that repels them? I'll have to make it
into a liquid so I can spray it.
Angie for Central Illinois
25 Apr 2012, 21:06
Thanks for everyone's input. We live in Central Illinois and these darn
bugs are horrible, we have chickens and haven't lost any yet but I feel we
are going to. We are going to try the powder that was mentioned and hope
that works for us. We have been spraying their house with vanilla and water
mixture for now but going to try more ideas! Thanks again!
30 Apr 2012, 10:43
I don't know if this is a myth or not but when I was younger I was told to
take either vitamin B-1 or B-12 to repel the gnats and mosquitoes. Either
it worked or I got lucky. I'm highly allergic and swell up horribly. I've
started back on the vitamin B complex since I can't remember the specific
number I used to take. We'll see!
03 May 2012, 15:50
My husband and live in Texas and both recently bitten by Buffalo Gnats. He
was bitten on the eyelid and the eye was swollen closed for two days. I was
bitten on the face near the ear. Severe itching and swelling and then a
large blister on my face. Yes, we both went to the doctor - steroid shot
and antibotics. My husband has now developed a large swelling and sore
below the eye which will probably turn to a blister. We were at at outdoor
wedding near the Brazos River. No more outdoor weddings! We have lived on a
ranch for over 30 years and have never experienced this gnat.
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23 Apr 2013, 11:30
I live in Nothern Nevada and was bitten by a black gant yesterday don't
know if it was a buffalo gant, but as I speak my right eye is swollen shut
and the rightside of my face has no feeling and has spread to the other
side of my face this morning, I callesd the emergency room and was advised
to take benadryl and cold compress. So far nothing has taken the swelling
down it has only gotten worst. I will seek help from a Doctor today. I will
invest in a net and the banana boat sport 50. Never heard of then in
28 Apr 2013, 09:36
I live in Northern Nevada also, and this season is one of the worst yet for
the gants. You can't even go outside without being covered in them. We've
tried the sprays, going to try some of the other idea's mention. Can't live
your life locked up in your house just because of the flying pests.
01 May 2013, 11:59
Are buffalo gnats and sandflies similar in appearance? I have lesions that
look like they might be from Leishmaniasis. I started getting them when I
lived in Georgia near the ocean. I have had these sores for a year and a
half and no doctor can figure out what is causing them. If it wasn't for
google image search which i did today I wouldn't have even known myself it
could be this. I have small children and this can potentially be fatal if
it is inside too. I need to know what to tell docs to look for cause they
can't seem to figure it out on their own. Any answers would be a great
09 May 2013, 15:55
This sounds crazy but Banana Boat sun screen works extremely well.
17 May 2013, 19:13
I am highly allergic to their bites. I have had great success with the
Thermacell insect repellent devices. I spring hunt and fish a lot and most
times it is around water. Once the water hits 70 degrees the devils hatch
and the war is on. Give the Thermacells a try. No spray is involved and the
smell is very tolerable.