Don't ever let anyone tell you...

May 17 2021

Mark Daugherty

Slot Fish

Member Since :
2015
Number of Posts :
198

Don't ever let anyone tell you...

Public Service Announcement. Don’t ever let anyone tell you...that gnats don’t bite! I know that most of you are experienced in the outdoors, so this will probably not come as a surprise to you. But if you are being swarmed by gnats – getting into your eyes and ears…even around and under your hat, gaiter, and glasses…just be aware that there is a good chance that those suckers are chewing on you. This has only happened to me twice over the years with PWF – but it is miserable. I am not sure why they were biting me and not my wife (thankfully). She may have covered a little more efficiently. I am not sure of the variety – maybe buffalo gnats. Anyway, the swelling and itch is intense. The swelling is definitely more that from mosquitos – or I am just allergic/sensitive. My ears and under my eyes were so swollen and red – I’ve looked like some ridiculous elf the last two days! Getting better fast though! Just cover up and be aware – during mid-April to mid-May. Oh – and they are not repelled by Deet.

Mark

 

May 17 2021

Joshua Massoud

Fingerling

Member Since :
2021
Number of Posts :
66

duly noted – yikes! hope you feel better soon Mark!

May 19 2021

Larry Maupin

Slot Fish

Member Since :
2012
Number of Posts :
225

Thanks for the info, Mark. So sorry you got hit so bad. I never realized gnats were so problematic. Your comment about DEET got me searching. Google found a list of tips to combat gnats. Suggestions like tiki torches and bug zappers are not helpful for us anglers, but this was helpful

”Gnats are naturally drawn to fruity scents; in fact, your shampoo, body wash, or perfume may be what makes you a desirable target for these pesky flying pests. An easy way to combat this is by using unscented soaps or avoiding that spritz of cologne during the summer. Or, you can switch up your favorite scent with something they don’t like. Try using lemon or vanilla sprays. While gnats are a fan of sweet-smelling fruit, they can’t seem to stand vanilla, lemon, or even lavender. A little spritz can at least keep them at bay.”