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6/16/10 4:13 P

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Thanks! Why didn't I think to google it? I think I may just spray bug spray on my clothes and see if that helps.

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6/16/10 3:52 P

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Finally - the mystery is solved! Thanks for doing the legwork. You must be exhausted after all that research. Whew! emoticon

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6/16/10 3:36 P

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OK, I couldn't take the suspense anymore and had to go do some deep scientific research (ok, fine ... I Googled it, but it sounds so much better my way!). emoticon

Here's what I found:

1. Get a clean, shallow small container and add 1 tbs. of pure, clear, sugarless vanilla extract. Using vanilla extract that contains added ingredients, like sugar, may result in sticky skin and attract more insects.

2. Add 1 tbs of water to the container. Stir the mixture so that the vanilla extract and water mix thoroughly.

3. Dip a cotton ball or another absorbent material into the mixture and wipe it on your skin. Make sure to treat all exposed areas.

4. Apply undiluted drops of vanilla extract to your neck, wrists and other pulse points.

5. Reapply the solution and undiluted vanilla extract drops at the first sign of its effectiveness diminishing. Using vanilla extract as an insect repellent usually works for approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

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Look for pure vanilla in health food stores if you can't find it in your regular grocery store. Regular grocery stores often stock the kind that doesn't help repel insects.
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High concentrations of vanilla may cause skin irritation.
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Vanilla extract applied to the face or other areas that have thin skin may cause irritation. Try using as much water as you need to guard against skin irritation. Some people may need to use up to 1 c. of water when mixing 1 tbs. of vanilla sugar into a mixture.
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Don't use vanilla extract as an insect repellent if you are allergic to vanilla. Rub a bit of vanilla extract on your skin as a test before applying this insect repellent.

ETA: This was listed as a general insect repellent - I have no idea what bugs it actually works on. emoticon

Edited by: STARGAZER08 at: 6/16/2010 (15:37)
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6/14/10 2:05 P

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That's almost EXACTLY what I thought when I saw the subject was gnats...I thought MAYBE we finally might find out how to use vanilla. bwahahahahaha

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6/13/10 10:19 P

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We're all waiting for the vanilla lady to let us know how much. Does it deter mosquitoes?

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6/4/10 5:26 P

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Vanilla? Do tell more...

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6/2/10 9:17 P

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Thanks for asking this! I meant to ask this the other day. I run in the morning at 5am and have bugs swarm when I get sweaty. I don't know if their gnats or what. And I did come in the house one day with a big flying bug in my hair...yuck! Any solutions would be appreciated.

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6/2/10 1:47 P

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I too am curious....

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4EVERADONEGIRL's Photo 4EVERADONEGIRL Posts: 5,651
6/2/10 1:04 P

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Wow...vanilla huh? So how do you use the vanilla. Do you dab it on like perfume? Do you concentrate it in certain areas? Curious...

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6/2/10 9:48 A

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I use vanilla, yes, vanilla extract or imitation vanilla, even something scented like vanilla works like a charm for the gnats here. And then you smell nice like cookies! :)

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LMAO....I run at night because of my work schedule and at times I am afraid I am going to swallow a bug. I haven't had anything stick on me but I wonder if it has to do with the fact that I load up on sunblock.

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6/1/10 11:16 P

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What about repellant, but none on your sweatband- or bandana-covered forehead?

Or what about those bug repellant devices that slip on your waistband and are supposed to surround you in a cloud of protection? I've never used one, but it might help.

Sorry you have to deal with gnats. I'd be afraid that I'd suck so many in that I'd have to track them on the nutrition tracker.
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6/1/10 9:53 P

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I've started trying to run outside. I wanted to get out of the gym and into the real world with temp fluctuations and changing scenary. However, being in FL in the late spring/early summer, I have to run when it is cooler, not glaring sun and heat. I ran at dusk today and realized that when I am pouring sweat the little insects are attracted to me and swarm my face. Bleh!!! they get stuck to me and itch and freak me out. I don't want to use repellant because my eyes will burn horribly when I sweat into them. Does anyone have any ideas or is this just something that I will have to suck up (no pun intended). :-)

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