Gnarly gnats not welcome
Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:59:03 GMT —
If you're outside at all lately, you know gnats are a pain.
Gnats have set up shop in the Tri-States for the last four or five years, but their tenure is about to expire ... at least for this year.
Mike Roegge with the University of Illinois Extension says the best defense against them is a stiff breeze.
Gnats aren't strong fliers, so winds keep them away.
To make them go away for good, it just needs to continue getting hot.
"Once we get water temperatures above 75 degrees, we'll see a cessation of them emerging from the river, creeks, and streams. Females lay eggs in moving water. We've had a lot of moving water this year. Once the temperature gets above 75 degrees, the larvae will not be able to hatch anymore," says Mike Roegge.
Here's the good news.
Roegge says the water temperature for the Mississippi at the Quincy Water Treatment Plant has been hovering around 73 or 74 degrees.
He hopes the gnats are gone by the end of the week.
Roegge says in the meantime, he's heard vanilla and dryer sheets help keep them away.
He uses Absorbine Junior behind the ears.
If they are in your home, you can set out a bowl containing a cup of apple cider vinegar with three drops of liquid dish detergent. The vinegar draws gnats in while the soap breaks the surface tension and allows them to drown.
Now for the bad news ... Roegge says the gnats will likely be back again next year.