Gnats and vanilla mixture

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by DragonflyBayou, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. DragonflyBayou

    DragonflyBayou Chirping

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    So I’ve seen some posts on local FB pages about losing multiple chickens to gnats? Some people mention treating coop/run with vanilla and water mixture and spraying?
    I’m very new to this, in south Louisiana so I want to be prepared and be vigilant and start treating the coop and run now,
    I have chicks almost 4 weeks going outside next Monday.
    Thanks guys.
     
  2. GldnValleyHens

    GldnValleyHens Crowing

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    You should definitely start treating the coop. My polish pullet died after gnats sucked her dry, and went up her nostrils. Horrid creatures! I would spray the vanilla mixture on the chicks too. Maybe try lemongrass, lavender, peppermint, cinnamon, or geranium essentil oils, which also deter bugs like gnats.
     
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  3. llombardo

    llombardo Crowing

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    I imagine it would work on chickens, I use it on my dogs. I just put vanilla extract on the back of the ears. They fly around but do not land.
     
  4. Very interesting information Does vanilla repel flies as well?
     
  5. RWise

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    WOW, the price of vanilla is sky high here, like $25 for a 4 oz bottle. It looks like there is a shortage of vanilla beans to make the real thing. So would vanillin work the same? It is dirt cheap when compared to the real deal. I know it does not taste the same, but would it work as a repellent here? Also what would the mix be, or is used straight up?
    Info on the two;
    http://www.quirkyscience.com/vanilla-and-vanillin/
     

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