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What is a Gnat Smoke, and why?

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You might be wondering what a gnat smoke is, or you may not if you were raised in the rural south. If you are, it is a small piece of cloth lit afire and dropped into any metal can you might have available. The bucket would then be set close to where a group of people are congregated. The smoldering cloth would emit a small amount of smoke to ward off and mosquitoes or gnats to prevent you from being eaten alive on summer evenings. As a child my mother did this often and it was something that as I grew up stood in testament to my true southern heritage, and also served as a pleasant reminder of my mother, who always encouraged my writing.