Dr. Larry Zettler is an insect expert and professor at Illinois College and he's lived in the area for 14 years.
says the annoying bugs were worse than ever last year.
"This year doesn't seem to me to be quite as bad as last year but I'm putting on vanilla spray just like everyone else does," says Zettler
"I don't like them now and I didn't like them last year."
Vanilla spray is a common repellent for buffalo gnats.
says mosquito repellant can help, too.
says the gnats may also be attracted to what you wear.
"Dark clothing might make it worse," says Zettler
"They might actually zone in and feed on people who might have dark clothing on."
says the bites can be quite painful, but usually don't require medical attention unless the wound is exposed to other bacteria or the victim is allergic to the bite.
says the reason the bugs are more prevalent today is because their larvae are able to thrive in today's cleaner streams and rivers.