Gnats are one of the most annoying flying insects to deal with during the summer and spring outings. These pesky, mosquito-like bugs are also known as the grass flies, fruit flies, and eye gnats. The worst thing about gnats is that they target and gravitate towards your face every time you go out.
The gnats also tend to bite when they keep circulating your face. However, you can solve this problem by taking some preventive measures like wearing a hat and spraying a gnat repellant.
Let’s discuss why gnats mainly target your face and what you can do to get rid of them.
Why Do Gnats Target Your Face?
There are two significant reasons why gnats like to land on your face. The first reason is that these insects mostly prefer to sit on the highest point of all objects in nature. And the other thing that exceptionally attracts them to your face is the constant expulsion of carbon dioxide from the nose. The gnats are most likely to land on things that radiate sweet scents, moisture, and carbon dioxide, making your face a top target.
Now that you know the exact reasons why most often your face is swamped with the cloud of gnats, we can move on to the main topic at hand.
How to Keep Gnats Away From Your Face
There are several methods you can use to keep the gnats away from your face. Try one or a combination of these techniques to protect yourself:
1. Minimizing the Skin Exposure
Things You Will Need
- Mosquito netting hat
Wear Sunglasses or Safety Goggles
This might be the easiest way to keep your eyes safe from gnats. You can put on any type of glasses, including goggles and sunglasses, so you wouldn’t have to shake away the flies while enjoying outdoorsy activities.
Wear a Simple Hat
This method will not work for blocking out the gnats to a hundred percent, but wearing a hat is an effective way to block out some of the gnats that may get into your eyes, nose, and mouth. As the gnats find the highest point to land upon, most of them will probably end up sitting on top of your hat.
You will see drastic differences when you wear a hat when hanging around a pool or enjoying a hiking trail. However, it would be best to use some other techniques as well to deter the gnats away, as this particular method will still expose your face to the gnats.
Wear a Mosquito Netting Hat
Wearing a mosquito netting hat may not always be practical, but you can use this method while going out for camping, fishing, or hiking. You can even wear this hat when you are tending to your home’s garden. The netting will effectively prevent the gnats from getting in your face and neck.
You can purchase the mosquito netting hats at any outdoor supply stores, gardening shops, or online.
2. Getting Rid of Gnats Naturally
Things You Will Need
- A small bowl
- Apple cider vinegar
- Any kind of soap
- Cotton balls
- Cooking oil or cooking spray
- Vanilla extract
- Herbs and spices powder
- Small sprayer bottle
- Essential oils
- Witch hazel serum
- Distilled water
Soap and Apple Cider Vinegar Mixture
The smell of vinegar and soap appeals to the gnats. When you go out and settle at a place to relax, follow the given instructions:
- Take out a small bowl.
- Fill the bowl with two tablespoon apple cider vinegar.
- Mix in five drops of liquid soap or a small chunk of bar soap into the vinegar filled bowl.
- Now, set the bowl nearby on the ground or a table.
By doing this, the gnats will automatically fly towards the bowl instead of your face because of the strong, alluring smell of vinegar and soap. When they settle on top of the liquid, they will get trapped, unable to escape.
Rub Cooking Oil
The smell of oil repels gnats. You can take advantage of this fact by pouring some cooking oil on a cotton ball and dab it over your neck, on the forehead, and behind your ears. The oil overpowers the scent on your face, which deters the gnats away. You can also use some on your arms and legs to prevent gnat bites.
You can use cooking spray instead of cooking oil as they work the same. Any kind of cooking oil or cooking spray will work fine, including olive oil, coconut oil, and vegetable oil.
Use Vanilla Extract
The gnats also keep away from vanilla extract’s scent. You can pour some vanilla extract on a cotton ball and dab it over your neck, on the forehead, and behind your ears.
You can use natural vanilla extract or an imitated one. Both of them will work well.
Sprinkle Herbs or Spices Powder
Another great way to get rid of the gnats is to sprinkle some herbs or spices powder on the ground. You can try this method with salt, pepper, cinnamon, garlic, or cayenne pepper powder.
You can sprinkle a light even amount of spices on the ground when you relax on the patio or have a backyard BBQ party.
Essential Oils and Witch Hazel Spray
Essential oils and witch hazel are natural gnat repellents. You can make your spray by filling a small spray bottle with two oz. distilled water, one oz. witch hazel serum, and sixty drops of any essential oil such as lavender, tea tree, lemongrass, or peppermint. Shake the spray bottle well and give a few splashes on your forehead, behind the ears, and on your neck.
Make sure to mix water in the mixture, or you can get your skin burnt if you expose your skin to the sun.
3. Avoiding the Gnats
Things You Will Need
- Unscented body-care products
- Weather forecast sources
- Gnat repellents
Limit the Use of Fruit-Scented Products
Fruity smells are one of the most attractive scents for gnats. During the summers and springs, try to avoid products like lotions, perfumes, creams, deodorants, and body sprays with fruity fragrances.
It would be best to apply the no-scent products while you are out for a walk or going for a camping trip. This way, the gnats will effectively stay out of your way. The rest can be handled with a hat, sunglasses, and a natural repellent.
Make the Most Of the Breezy Days
Gnats mostly prefer humid, warm days with no wind. That’s why the best days to plan an outing is when there is a cloudy forecast with a light breeze. You will be able to make the most of these kinds of days as there wouldn’t be any gnats around to worry about.
Use Gnat Repellents
If everything else fails, you can try using gnat repellents to get rid of these pesky insects. This is how you can safely apply the gnat repellents without causing any damage:
- Apply sunscreen on your skin.
- Don’t apply gnat repellents under your clothes as they can cause your skin to develop a rash.
- Avoid the injured areas when applying the repellent.
- Instead of spraying the insect repellant on your face, you should spray some on your hands and then rub your hands on the neck, forehead, and behind the ears.
- Spray the repellent on your exposed legs and arms areas as well.
- Wash your hands after you apply the gnat repellant, as the remains of the product can enter into your eyes if you rub them on your face.
- The repellents are a sure way to steer clear off the bugs, but make sure you are not allergic to any chemical products used in the repellents.
Now that you know how to keep gnats away from your face, you can easily deter them away using the given methods and techniques.
Some Simple Ways to Get Rid of Gnats
You can also make use of the following simple tips to rid the gnats from your home.
Keep Your Pipes Clear
One of the best ways to stop gnats from breeding in your pipelines is to pour hot water every night in the sink. The hot water will go through the pipelines, clearing it from all kinds of insects breeding.
You can also use enzymatic foam cleaner on alternate days. Ensure that you let the foam sit overnight in the sink before running it with hot water the next morning.
Use a Gnat Trap
Gnats are attracted to rotten fruits. You can efficiently capture the gnats by mashing some bananas in a bowl and wrapping it with a plastic cover. Then make small holes in the cover so the gnats can enter into the bowl. Once the gnats enter the bowl, they wouldn’t be able to escape because of the wrap.
Make sure to use a disposable bowl so you can dispose of it after the trap has done its job.