How to Get Rid of Gnats in your House
You’ll be lying if you say that you’re okay with gnats living in your house. Just the mere mention of gnats is enough to make most homeowners’ skin crawl. Gnats are small, but they’re extremely annoying and frustrating to have in the house. While it’s true that they generally don’t cause any harm, they shouldn’t be in your house because the mere sight of them makes people unpleasant.
This is why you want to know how to get rid of gnats in your house. Here’s the good news. It’s very easy to get rid of them. You can simply buy a professional insect spray that you can spray at gnats while they’re in flight or just use it to spray the general area where they are. In addition to a professional insect spray, there are a lot of natural solutions that you can do which will help you get rid of them.
Natural Ways to Get Rid of Gnats
Here are some proven techniques:
- Set up a trap.
Fortunately, it’s very easy to trap gnats. There are two traps that have been proven to be very effective at catching gnats. Here’s how to make them:
- Apple cider vinegar trap
One thing that you can use to your advantage is the knowledge that gnats are extremely attracted to the scent of apple cider vinegar. You can make an easy trap by filling a Mason jar with apple cider vinegar and covering it with the lid that has small holes in it.
Make a few of these traps and place them in areas where you see a lot of gnats. They will fly into the jar through the holes as they’re attracted to the scent of apple cider vinegar. They won’t be able to fly out so they’re trapped there. Once you’ve trapped all the gnats, just dispose of the jars.
Actually, you can use regular white vinegar. To make it more effective if you’re using regular white vinegar, add a couple of drops of lemon-scented dish soap. You can also use banana. Just chop up a banana and place inside the Mason jars.
If you don’t have Mason jars, just cut the quarter top of a soda bottle. Insert this top upside down to create a funnel and then secure with tape. It works the same way.
- Use a wine and dish soap trap.
This is another easy to do trap that you can use. You just need some shot glasses or similarly sized containers, wine and dish soap. Fill the shot glass about ¾ of the way with wine and then add a couple of drops of dish soap.
This is an effective trap because they’re also attracted to the smell of wine. The dish soap breaks the surface tension in the wine so once they land, there’s no surface tension that will stop them from sinking so they’ll drown.
- Take care of the gnats in your kitchen sink.
Gnats love hanging out in kitchen sinks and you can use this knowledge to your advantage. Just pour olive oil or vegetable oil into the sink and it will drag the gnats with it. The gnats will also fly into the oil and they won’t be able to free themselves until they die. Some of them will live, but they will be unable to reproduce since they’re heavily coated in the oil.
This is a very effective strategy, especially if you’re going to repeat it until all the gnats in the kitchen sink are gone.
Alternatively, you can also use ammonia. Just pour into the kitchen sink. Just make sure not to use the kitchen sink for a few hours since ammonia is considered to be a toxin to humans. If you want a more natural solution in place of ammonia, just sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of common baking soda into the sink and then pour a cup of white vinegar. This will attract and trap the gnats as well.
- Use a natural spray.
You can actually use a natural spray in place of the commercial insect spray. You just need to mix a couple of drops of lemon-scented dish soap with water and place it in a spray bottle. Spray the solution liberally against gnats. It’s also the perfect solution to use on plants since gnats love hanging out in plants as well. If you’re going to use the spray on plants, make sure to rinse it with plain water in a spray bottle. Do this after a couple of hours of spraying it with the anti-gnats solution.
With these solutions, your house should be gnat-free in no time.
Prevent Future Infestation
In addition to killing the gnats right now, you should also do measures in order to prevent future infestation. While the strategies listed above are effective, you wouldn’t want to have the need to do them over and over again so follow these steps to avoid future infestation:
- Get rid of their food supply.
Just like most insects, the gnats’ primary food supply is food and scraps that you leave out in the open. If your home has a lot of them, then that’s an open invitation for gnats to invade your home. This is why the best solution to prevent infestation again is to make sure that all food particles are covered and that there are no scraps left behind.
You should also watch out for overripe fruits. They’re a favorite of gnats.
- Cover all trash cans and bins.
It’s not enough that you dispose food particles and crumbs. You also have to make sure that the gnats don’t have access to them. This is why it’s important that you also cover the trash cans and bins so that they don’t attract gnats. You also have to make sure that you cover the ones outside of your home because that can lead them to check out the inside of your home as well.
In addition to making sure that they stay covered, regularly clean the bins as well. Wipe them down with bleach after cleaning to kill the gnats.
- Seal all possible entries.
Check for gaps around your doors and windows. Make sure to seal all possible entryways especially if you’ve been noticing gnats flying around your house. Installing a fly screen for your doors and windows is a good idea.
- Avoid overwatering your plants.
As mentioned, gnats love standing by around plants especially if the soil is really wet. This is where they lay their eggs. Overwatering your plants lead to the accumulation of water which invites gnats.
On that note, check around your home for damp areas and belongings. Make sure to avoid storing damp towels and the likes.
This article should have you covered. Follow these tips and trap and kill the gnats in your home. Make sure to follow the tips on how to avoid future infestation as well!