Last Modified on Aug 04, 2015
Found anywhere in the world, gnats are actually tiny flies. Small, long-legged, flying insects, gnats are often so miniscule they are difficult to detect. As they feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals to survive, gnats frequently bite unsuspecting individuals. As gnats are so small and hard to detect, these insects often bite individuals without them even knowing; however following the bite, a noticeable mark will appear.
Gnat bites generally swell at least slightly. Bites and the surround area are also typically itchy and sometimes even painful. The initial bite area often even has a small bit of blood coming from the bite where a gnat has been feeding. In extreme cases, individuals experience a slight heat or feverish feeling in bitten areas. While not common, some individuals are allergic to gnat bites and have an allergic reaction. An allergic reaction includes additional symptoms as a typical bite such as a general sick feeling, difficulty breathing and hives.
Gnat bites are a result of the insect’s natural feeding habits. A gnat bites a warm-blooded animal to drink the blood. When done feeding, the gnat spits an anticoagulant into the bite, which is actually what causes the associated stinging and itching.
Natural Gnat Bite Prevention and Remedies
The best way to avoid uncomfortable and itchy gnat bites is by preventing them using natural methods. Essential oils work especially well as natural repellents. Spearmint, peppermint, geranium and eucalyptus globulus essential oils work the best. Basil and cedar are also effective gnat repellents. Natural methods also work well for treating bites. Oil of cloves and rubbing alcohol applied directly to the site of the bites treat itching and prevent further issues.
[YEA] My son was working outside, riding on a tractor yesterday. He came in and said the buffalo gnats were driving him crazy. They covered him and the tractor and were biting him.
I put 30 drops of cedar essential oil into 2 ounces of rubbing alcohol that I had in a spray bottle. He sprayed himself and the tractor! He later reported that the gnats left him and the tractor alone the rest of the afternoon.
A bonus is that cedar smells great!
~Mama to Many~
[YEA] For No-see-ums in the ears, be sure to dilute a concentrated solution of oil of cloves, since it will cause your skin to peel. Start out with a very small diluted amount and work up a little at a time until no-see-ums are gone.
Replied by Carol And Harold
[YEA] Rubbing alcohol, applied liberally helped stop biting midges or no-see-ums. They [no-see-ums] get in your nose and bite on the inside of your sinus passage.
Replied by Ivory Coast