Silly Anti-Gnat Hat

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Introduction: Silly Anti-Gnat Hat

Gnats can be bothersome on a summer walk. On an early morning bird walk, members of my bird club are often beset by the pests. There are always discussions of how to keep the insects at bay, and ideas include insect repellents, citronella, wide-brimmed hats, and skipping the application of deodorant. A behavioral solution that is often touted is to hold one hand up in the air. The hypothesis is that the gnats will fly to the highest point on one’s body, and if they fly to the hand held high, they’ll avoid one’s face, where they are most annoying.

However, such a strategy is a little silly as far as solutions go. Holding an arm up in the air gets tiresome. It’s not like you can do it for the length of a two-hour walk. Also, it's not easy to hold binoculars steady, or focus them, with just one hand.

If I only had a third hand.

Necessity is the mother of invention! Thus, The Silly Anti-Gnat Hat. With the third arm this hat provides, I can hold an arm in the hand for the duration of the walk, and keep two hands free for working the binoculars.

Supplies

Sleeve from old shirt

Cap

Glove

Polyester stuffing

Cardboard for arm and hand

String

Tape

Needle and thread

Step 1: Make Arm and Hand

I cut some cardboard to a length a little shorter than the sleeve and then folded and taped it to create the shape that will fill the sleeve.

I cut another piece of cardboard to make a hand that will attach to the arm. This piece included a couple of finger-sized extensions to support the fingers in the glove. I taped the flat hand and arm to the 3-D cardboard arm. To make the fingers stiffer, I taped another finger-sized layer of carboard to each finger.

Step 2: Assemble Sleeve, Arm, and Hand

I stuffed some polyester filling into the glove to fill it out. I put the sleeve over the arm and the glove on the hand and sewed sleeve and glove together.

Step 3: Tie Cardboard Arm to Hat

I poked holes through the cardboard near the base of the arm. The cardboard arm was a 4-sided structure and I poked a hole through each side. Then I laced string through the eyelets in the hat and the holes in the cardboard, to secure the arm to the hat. Then I sewed the base of the sleeve to the hat.

Step 4: You Don't Have to Do This Any More!

Step 5: Done!

You Are Ready to Keep Gnats Away From Your Face and Have Two Hands Free for Your Binoculars with your Silly Anti-Gnat Hat.

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    18 Comments

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    Stephen Dittoe
    Stephen Dittoe

    1 year ago

    Simply sew the thumb to the bent finger and you will have your University of Houston Cougar hand sign.

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    ElvisM7
    ElvisM7

    Question 1 year ago on Introduction

    DR jkell I presume ?
    Maybe a dumb question but does the Anti-Gnat Hat actually effectively combat those little brats ?
    or maybe I could order the promising camouflage outfit in my image instead.
    They will never know I am not one of them.

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    jkell
    jkell

    Answer 1 year ago

    I just made it recently for the silly hat contest. I haven't had a chance to test it, as we haven't had many gnats around this summer. If I have some results to report, I'll be in touch.

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    ElectroFrank
    ElectroFrank

    1 year ago

    The highest epitome of gnatty fashion.

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    jkell
    jkell

    Reply 1 year ago

    First time I've ever been accused of being a gnatty dresser.

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    silkier
    silkier

    1 year ago

    Please tell jkell, does it actually work or not?

    Whether it does or not it's still a great hat.

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    jkell
    jkell

    Reply 1 year ago

    I just recently made it for the contest, and haven't run into gnats on my walks, so haven't had the occasion to test it. I'll report back when there are enough gnats to try it out.

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    gbowles
    gbowles

    1 year ago

    Does it work for blackflies?

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    diwhydotlife
    diwhydotlife

    1 year ago

    Yes, the man with the Trasher hat. Do you have a question?

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    jmacuk
    jmacuk

    1 year ago

    I have to hand it to you, that is a very silly solution. : )

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    stumitch
    stumitch

    1 year ago

    Great solution! I think its an excellent hat. Good thing the Gnats can't count fingers... they might wonder if something is up...

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    Bright Idea
    Bright Idea

    1 year ago

    Try putting insect repellent on the glove, it may keep more insects away, and you won't have to smell it.

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    SteveJ73
    SteveJ73

    1 year ago

    This definitely works.. my dad has been doing something similar for years..

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    markerb
    markerb

    1 year ago

    I love this! Why are you all joking about how silly the concept is? I know for a fact that the flying pests where I play Ultimate Frisbee will go to the highest point. Well... about 80% of them, at least.

    Sadly, one cannot play Ultimate for long with one hand raised.

    I'm curious if this faux arm would indeed work, because I'm not sure what the bugs are attracted-to. Maybe a mammal's CO2 or body warmth, neither of which this device emulates. I Googled the issue, and cannot find any scientific answers.

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    Jobar007
    Jobar007

    Question 1 year ago

    Does it actually work? That solution seems bizzare, but that might be why it works.

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    jkell
    jkell

    Answer 1 year ago

    I don't think it will work, because when I raise my real hand, that doesn't work either. It's a silly solution for the Silly Hats contest.

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    schaapkameel
    schaapkameel

    1 year ago

    Finally somebody who found a relief against these pesky Gnats (Gnatum impostriae)! thanks for sharing!

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    Marve48
    Marve48

    1 year ago on Step 5

    Just think, you will never need to rais your hand again!