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Old 09-15-2021, 08:13 AM   #1
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The first time we learned what those little things can do to a person’s face was out on Richland Chambers Reservoir. Thankfully I heeded the warning and found some Skin So Soft to apply. That kept them off but others in our fishing club didn’t put anything on and they got swarmed by the nasty little buggers.

When I lived nearly up against the Red River, I experienced those gnats in a different way. They are relentless and will constantly try to chew on you. We used Absorbine Jr(roll on), the original Absorbine for horses, and a couple brands of spray-on bug repellent. When you have a job that requires sweating out in the heat, whatever product you apply on your skin to keep the gnats off won’t work very long. During the warmer times of the year I always had pimple type places caused by those nasty Buffalo gnats. You had to constantly reapply any type bug repellent on your skin throughout the day. It was a constant battle to keep the gnats and deer ticks off.

Anyone else ever experienced Buffalo gnats like that?

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Old 09-15-2021, 08:19 AM   #2
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I have, Use the 100% Deet.
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Old 09-15-2021, 08:19 AM   #3
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Hell yeah ! When I was contracting we built a drill site near Big Brown close to Fairfield and they ate us up until someone told me about Skin So Soft. We mixed it 50/50 with water and put it in a spray bottle. The operators just misted it on anytime they felt the need. Every time I went to the job I came away with a couple knots on my head until I figured out that they were getting under my cap through the hole in the back.
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Old 09-15-2021, 08:30 AM   #4
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Iíve to experience them now that we have are place near the Red. They are much worse than mosquitoes. Local guy recommended the Absorbine Jr as well as vanilla extract to help. It definitely helps. They are relentless


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Old 09-15-2021, 09:07 AM   #5
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We always use Skin so Soft, Vanilla Extract, or Fly Spray for horses when they get bad it can be
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Old 09-15-2021, 09:21 AM   #6
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Buffalo gnats have always been an issue here around Fairfield and yes, they will wear your azz out. 20x worse than mosquitos. Skin so Soft is the go to for most folks, and it works well. Several fellas I know will wipe a dab of diesel behind their ears and they say it works......
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Old 09-15-2021, 10:56 AM   #7
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Experienced them when we lived outside of Palestine. Can't stand them things. That year was Really Bad and a lot of cattle and horses died from them
Skin So Soft was our Go To to keep them at bay
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Old 09-15-2021, 11:02 AM   #8
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Vanilla spray(1/3 mexican vanilla 2/3 water) works better than anything I have found for gnats.
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Old 09-15-2021, 11:08 AM   #9
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Vanilla spray(1/3 mexican vanilla 2/3 water) works better than anything I have found for gnats.

Thatís what my grandma used on us at Houston County Lake. They used to wear us out.


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Old 09-15-2021, 12:14 PM   #10
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Are they akin to the dreaded dog ****** gnat?
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Old 09-15-2021, 12:15 PM   #11
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Rymes with decker lol
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Old 09-15-2021, 12:53 PM   #12
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Vanilla works the best.
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Old 09-15-2021, 02:39 PM   #13
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I had forgotten about those bastages. They’re tiny but would leave a whelp! Parents had a place just outside of Elkhart in Anderson County & we would have to spray down with skin so soft anytime we were outside during summer months. Glad they’re not down here in South Texas!
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Old 09-15-2021, 05:57 PM   #14
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Buffalo gnats have always been an issue here around Fairfield and yes, they will wear your azz out. 20x worse than mosquitos. Skin so Soft is the go to for most folks, and it works well. Several fellas I know will wipe a dab of diesel behind their ears and they say it works......
After that deer tick infected me I would gladly put diesel or anything else on to keep that from being a repeat. Those ticks tore the ranch horses up really bad. One dropped dead. There were so many raccoons that use the creek behind the house as a highway. I suspect the ticks may have benefited from the heavy coon population.

Had to spray my clothes and boots down heavily with Permethrin prior to wearing. A constant battle with ticks, gnats, and probably some no seeums that feast on human flesh.
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Old 09-15-2021, 08:26 PM   #15
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bullfrog mosquito coast works well on them, has sun block and is sweat resistant
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Old 09-15-2021, 08:39 PM   #16
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They are a scourge in Alaska, and Canada, the local governments up north send out a pamphlet on how to deal with them , I have dealt with sand flys and no see ums

No see flys are the worst, bit then lying eggs that hatch 7-10 days later, worse than chiggers
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Old 09-15-2021, 09:19 PM   #17
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They are a scourge in Alaska, and Canada, the local governments up north send out a pamphlet on how to deal with them , I have dealt with sand flys and no see ums

No see flys are the worst, bit then lying eggs that hatch 7-10 days later, worse than chiggers
Dang, just seeing that is bad enough. Brought back mental images of how bad the cattle get swarmed out in the pastures.
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Old 09-15-2021, 10:01 PM   #18
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Are they the same as horse flies?
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Old 09-15-2021, 10:14 PM   #19
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Are they the same as horse flies?
No, at least not what I grew up terming as Horse Flies. Those are huge and make a loud buzzing sound in the air. There are smaller flies that swarm cattle and lay eggs. The gnats are smaller yet.

Buffalo gnats are pretty small and just barely have to brush up against the skin to bite you. I’ve never watched a video in slow motion to see what the deed looks like up close when they bite. They’ll go up your nose and in the ears.

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