Arghhh, Gnats in my eyes!
Posted 08 August 2006 - 06:34 AM
Yesterday I actually applied bugspray directly onto my face and eyes; it only burned for a few seconds But the gnats were still at me.
I find that wearing sunglasses seems to help keep them out of my eyes, but they still buzz around infront of the lens. In the deep woods around sunset, my dark glasses make it just too dark to be comfortable.
What's your secret to rid yourself of these things? What is it about my eyes?
Posted 08 August 2006 - 06:47 AM
Posted 08 August 2006 - 07:53 AM
Posted 08 August 2006 - 09:19 AM
Here is a link to some similar ones online.
Ours don't have the 'hat' part attached, they are just the nets.
They do look pretty stooopid in use, but eyeball comfort is way more important than making a fashion statement, and they really do keep the wee beasties out.
PS: if you do get one, don't make the mistake my hubby always makes while wearing his...... remember to lift your net up BEFORE you spit Can't tell you how many times I've had a good laugh watching the loogie slid down the inside of his netting, ick!
Posted 08 August 2006 - 09:37 AM
Actually, a change of seasons is probably the only remedy. I have never seen so few mosquitoes here in NE Iowa as we have had (or should I say, haven’t had) this year. In the late spring I did blow through one area where the gnats were so dense it was like riding my bike through a sand storm. Needless to say I kept my mouth closed, breathed little, squinted and rode fast.
Posted 08 August 2006 - 09:46 AM
I actually do own a Bug Baffler. But it looks so ridiculous, and makes everything so dark that I only put it on in a real emergency. While the eye-gnats are annoying, they have yet to drive me to the Baffler. Mosquitos and black flies have caused me to Baffle-up, however.
Posted 08 August 2006 - 09:58 AM
Yeah, my gnat hat sometimes makes things too dark to see in the woods, so I just push it up onto my forehead and wear it like a giant, hideous hairnet. I have to do that because for some reason the flies and bees always try to go in my ears, so I have to leave the net covering them up. I always knew I was sugary-sweet (ok, maybe just they smell a scented hair product or something)
Posted 08 August 2006 - 10:02 AM
ohhh so that's why my partner is ALWAYS bothered by them and I'm not!! (there's a foot in height difference between us) and i always thought i was just lucky/patient/no-so-edible-looking
Posted 08 August 2006 - 10:07 AM
Getting sunglasses with interchangeable lenses can be helpful, since you can swap in progressively more transmissive lenses as the light levels decrease. I've been using Smith Slider 01 glasses for the last few years - dark brown lenses for most of the day, yellow for low light or deep shade, and clear lenses at night. Interchangeables can also be handy for mountain biking and bushwacking - protecting your eyes from dust and small branches while still letting you see the terrain ahead. Definitely test out different companies/frames to get a comfortable fit though - my Sliders would slide right off my g.f.'s head, and her Julbo glasses clamp down so tight on my head that I'd have a migraine if I wore them for a day.
Posted 08 August 2006 - 10:21 AM
Posted 08 August 2006 - 11:54 AM
/throws red flag onto the field for an officials review
Result; The instant replay clearly shows my eyes were closed when bugspray was applied. No flag!
Posted 08 August 2006 - 12:58 PM
Raising your arm above your head does work. The gnats will circle the highest part of your body. You might however be mistaken for a neo Nazi, so be careful where you do this. I've also put my hat on tip of my hiking pole and held it over my head. That works, but it can get tiring holding the pole up. I'll do a little of both for a little temporary relief, but sometimes a head net is the only thing that works for extended periods of time.
Posted 08 August 2006 - 02:36 PM