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What are some natural gnat repellents?

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Essential oils, vanilla extract and fans can be used to control gnat populations. Fans can be placed strategically in areas where gnats are a nuisance to encourage the pests to move.

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To make a gnat-repelling mixture using essential oils, mix 13 drops each of citronella, lavender and eucalyptus with 5 drops lemongrass essential oil in 3 ounces of water. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle, then spray the mixture around doors and open windows to prevent the gnats from entering the home. The mixture can also be sprayed on jean cuffs, boots and other clothing to help prevent gnats from pestering those spending time outdoors. Do not put the mixture directly onto skin, and shake well before each use to mix the oils into the water.

To repel gnats with vanilla extract, mix 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract with 1 tablespoon water. Shake the container to mix well, then use a spray bottle or cotton balls to apply the mixture. Vanilla extract can be used directly on the skin to repel gnats outdoors, or it can be sprayed around the home to keep gnats out.

Gnats can't fly in direct wind and avoid areas where fans are present. Use box or circulating fans on the highest setting on porches and decks to repel gnats and other flying pests.

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