This evening I was adding rear work lights to my Abrams (OK, Ford Bronco) and the gnats had formed a strike team with the mosquitos, with random flies acting as forward observers. I quickly resorted to chemical attacks, both a Tiki torch and mosquito repellant, neither of which penetrated their lines. These guys were out for victory and I was trying to get finished when an old trick popped into my head that I remembered my Grandpa using. I grabbed a white cotton towel that I used for wiping hands, etc, and dropped it into an old coffee can and lit it on fire. Once a bit was consumed I covered the can until the rag was just smoldering and uncovered. Magic! The flying blood sucking insect squadron was on the run and I was able to finish what I started. For some reason I had forgotten this old trick, though as a kid I watched Dad and Gramps use it a lot when we were fishing or something. It seems most insects hate that smell. So, I thought of a few others to post here. Kerosene, in a small container placed under the workings of a grandfather or mantle clock keeps the gears coated with a light film of lubricant, just enough for a clock. Kerosene also will take the soreness away from a cut or when jabbed by a catfish. Anyone else?