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Old 05-29-2011, 04:16 PM
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What do you guys do about little critters?

I've had my top down for weeks now and it rained for the first time the other day. I was stubborn and put my Jeep under my building, instead of just putting the top up.

The next morning I got in my Jeep and it was like an infestation of gnats and other nasty stuff. I'm assuming the humidity forced them to take refuge in my Jeep. I felt like I was in the jungle, they were swarming all around me the second I sat down.

I took off, thinking they'll blow away once I hit around 50mph. Nothing. It was literally an infestation, and they weren't going out without a fight. It ruined my day. My friend wouldnt even step foot in my Jeep. I had to keep swatting them out of my face.

In the fall, North Florida has a really bad love-bug infestation. I would really hate to have to put the top up in the nice Fall weather.
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Bestop trail cover. Good tight fit, covers door openings and keeps all kinds of things out .(including rain)

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I was thinking about something more along the lines of spraying bug spray on the carpet or something so my Jeep doesn't seem like an ideal resting spot for these guys
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My experience has been to cover when outside. Gnats aren't as bad as wasps.
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Old 05-29-2011, 07:21 PM   #5
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Last summer I asked about leaving the windows out and Vaultzz mentioned he sprays the inside of the jeep with OFF. Here's the link: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/win...ght-54484.html. He mentioned he sprays the corners of the jeep to prevent bugs from setting up shop. Hope that helps.
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Need to cover up !
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I guess I was hoping for a solution that didn't cost more than $100 (for the trail cover)
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I haven't had the top or doors on my jeep for two years now. Rip the carpet out. Ad some drain holes. Pull your seats out and apply some do it yourself bed liner. Costs about. $80.
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I haven't had the top or doors on my jeep for two years now. Rip the carpet out. Ad some drain holes. Pull your seats out and apply some do it yourself bed liner. Costs about. $80.
how is any of that that going to prevent wasps and gnats from building a nest in my dash?

Plus this is my daily driver, I need the seats. lol
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Whenever I leave it overnight topless, I spray the front and rear seats, all around the roll bar and above the windshield with insect repellent. Keeps most of the spiders/bugs out
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they stink a little but moth balls and moth ball flakes keep bugs and critters away. Even opossums and racoons can't stand the odor.

Never tried in a daily driver but they are great for stored vehicles.
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how is any of that that going to prevent wasps and gnats from building a nest in my dash?

Plus this is my daily driver, I need the seats. lol
Gnats live in moist areas. Don't think they would build a nest in your dash. And wasps build the nest on permanent locations, so if you drive it daily this shouldn't be a problem. I could be wrong but I have never had a wasp build a nest in my jeep. Pulling your carpet will remove the breeding ground for gnats. You were looking for something cheap. So there you go. Cheaper is put you top back on.
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I wonder how effective spraying OFF would be
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try some FRESH CAB purchased @ a farm & fleet or tractor supply store
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I wonder how effective spraying OFF would be
I would be careful where you spray that Off, deet eats plastic. Or get some without deet as an ingredient .
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Does citronella work on gnats?
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Does citronella work on gnats?
Yes. Plus, mosquitoes and other flying insects.
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Yes. Plus, mosquitoes and other flying insects.
Then I'd try citronella spray. Smells better than Off, too.
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By the time you spend money on daily sprayings of bug stuff you could have a trail cover.
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I rather drive with some bugs then have my Jeep stinking like bug spray.
Either put the top back on or get a trail cover or something similar.
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i just get over it i never have really had bad nats but i get a ton of spiders and i hate spiders. i just dont look around for them. better to not know imo

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