Fighting gnats in the metro

That nice stroll in Friendship Park in Ridgeland can be hindered by these annoying insects.

Fighting gnats in the metro
A walk in the afternoon can be nice, but even that nice stroll in Friendship Park in Ridgeland can be hindered by these annoying insects.

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - In case you hadn’t noticed already, gnat season is upon us! This is the time of year all kinds of flying critters start bugging you.

Well, you aren’t the only one who’s being bugged while you’re outside.

Marcus Manogin is a landscaper for a metro area lawn service. He has an eye for keeping the green on people’s lawns nice and neat. Manogin says one thing that has pestered his perfection at times is the gnats.

“It’s rough because I was driving the zero turn the other day and got a gnat stuck in my eye. When I say stuck in my eye, like I left one in my eye for like the whole day almost. It’s rough, it’s a tough thing to deal with a lot of bugs especially when your outside. Everyday I got to deal with them, everyday,” said Manogin.

A walk in the afternoon can be nice, but even that nice stroll in Friendship Park in Ridgeland can be hindered by these annoying insects.

Soren Heydari, walks with his father, Ezat, in the afternoons. They both like the trails and the nature and the subtle noises along the walkway. But they can also see how bad the gnats can be on some days.

“You can see them from 50 feet away, you can see this big ole powdery cloud around someone’s face of just tiny little flies," said Heydari.

Another resident, Lashandra McNair, says she loves going to the park but it’s time to leave when the gnats come out and play.

“The gnat situation is, I mean you get paranoid that they fly in your nose, in your mouth, and you’re trying to concentrate. You’re trying to walk. But yes, it gets to be a bit much. Sometimes you get like, you know I got to go. We’re not going to be able to play out here long," said Mcnair.

According to today’s www.homeowner.com, vanilla, pine oil, vinegar, and dryer sheets are popular repellents.

Local joggers recommend that you wear light colored clothing and long pants to keep from being bitten.

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