How to Get Rid of Gnats

We’ve all had to deal with them. Those tiny, annoying, flying bugs that seem to always appear in your kitchen, bathroom, or anywhere you go outside. Gnats seem to be attracted to anyone and everything.

While a few can be irritating a lot can be a huge problem. You don’t have to deal with these pests alone. The key is knowing what they are, what they want, and how to get rid of them. Here are seven tips to keep gnats away for good.

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What are gnats?

Gnats are tiny, non-biting, flying insects that seem to pop up everywhere. There are a few common types: fruit flies, drain flies, and the fungus gnat. True to their names, these pests are drawn to certain things, which can bring them into our homes.

These pesky insects are often attracted to rotting fruit, dirty dishes, trash, and spoiled food. Drain flies tend to hover near drains, leaking pipes, and other damp areas. Fungus flies are a fan of oil soil, fungus, and dirty areas. All these insects have an attraction to light and, unfortunately, humans. If you are through with these annoying little pests, here are seven easy ways to get rid of them.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar Trap

An easy and inexpensive way to get rid of gnats in any room of your house is by using the apple cider vinegar trap. All you need is a small dish, apple cider vinegar, and dish soap to make your trap. Pour the vinegar into the dish and add a few drops of dish soap. The gnats are drawn to the sweet smell of the apple cider. As they fly down, they get trapped in the soap and drown. If you don’t have apple cider vinegar, no worries. This trap also works with wine as the base. It’s a quick and easy solution that can clear out any gnats.

2. Use Rotten Fruit

This is another method that uses the gnats’ attractions against them. Place overripe fruit in a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Keep the plastic tight with a rubber band. Once the plastic is secure, poke a few holes in the plastic wrap using a toothpick or a skewer. The sweet scent of the rotting fruit will draw gnats into the plastic. Once they crawl through the holes, they will not be able to find their way back out. This is a simple, inexpensive way to clear your kitchen of gnats.

3. Keep Counters Clear

The easiest way to get rid of gnats is to eliminate what they are attracted to. By keeping your counters clean and clear, you can avoid an annoying infestation. Keep an eye on fruit or food you keep on the counter. Keep food stored or throw it away as it starts to turn. This holds especially true for fruit like bananas. In addition to keeping food stored and disposing of turning food, it’s a good idea to keep dishes out of your sink. Gnats are drawn to any rotting food. By keeping your kitchen tidy, you eliminate any possible food sources.

4. Take Trash Out Frequently

Rotting food is a huge draw for gnats; that means the garbage is like a fine buffet for these little pests. While it may seem like throwing spoiled food away in the trash should be enough, the opposite is true. Gnats love to lay their eggs in the garbage, particularly fruit flies. The best way to keep these annoying insects out of your home and away from your house is by keeping your trash covered and removing it frequently.

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5. Clear The Drain

Gnats can often be found in damp areas. In homes, this could mean they may swarm by drains and pipes. To keep them away, you should clean your drains regularly. This can be done with a simple bleach and water mixture. Using gloves and a well-ventilated area, combine bleach and water and pour it down the sink. Give time for the mixture to work away any fungus or dirt. Keep this mixture out of reach children and pets. Also, do not keep this in a room with closed doors. Once the mixture has had ample time to clean your pipes and drain, you should be rid of any gnats.

6. Light It Up

In additional to rotting food and damp drains, gnats are often drawn to light. Using this to your advantage, you can get rid of a few more gnats using a clever trap. Put up a tall, tapered candle into a candlestick. Place it in a shallow pan partly filled with water. Light the candle and turn off the lights. The gnats will be drawn to the flame and take care of the rest.

7. Take Care of Your Plants

Plants don’t seem like a likely source of a gnat infestation. However, they can be a breeding ground if you don’t care for them properly. Plants that have been overwatered or have old soil can be perfect spots for gnats to lay their eggs. An easy way to take care of this issue is by repotting or getting rid of the plant. Otherwise, you may find an overabundance of annoying, flying insects in your home.

Take The Steps

Gnats can be irritating pests, but you can get rid of them easily by trying some of the techniques above. Of course, if these methods fail and your home is overrun with these nasty little pests, it may be time to call in a professional. Take the necessary steps to keep gnats out and help your home stay pest-free.


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