Are you annoyed by gnats and you’re looking for the ways of how to get rid of gnats? There are some things that can be done to get rid those pests. In fact, you can save your money from hiring a pest control. To find out more about it, check out the information below.
What Are Gnats?
Before finding out the ways of how to get rid of gnats, you need to know about gnats and their habit. They are small insects that keep buzzing in your ear that you might think it is probably a fly or a mosquito, but it is neither of them. Gnats live in damp and moist places, they also lay their eggs in soil and some are laid in water. There are some types of gnats; there are fungus gnats, eye gnats, sand gnats, buffalo gnats and midges.
Most of these gnats are harmless for human yet some of them do bite. Two of them that will bite are sand gnat and buffalo gnat since they have mouthpart that can pierce and suck blood. If you got one of these in your house, you might want to get rid of it as soon as possible. After a sand gnat bites you, it will leave an itchy swelling skin. Also, if you keep scratching it; it will turn into an open wound. While they are pests, they do not live long. Once the egg is laid, it will hatch and turn into adult just in two weeks. Yet, the life span of the adult ones is only a week.
What Are Things That Attract Gnats?
There are some things that attract gnats to come to you. First of all and the most important thing is that gnats attracted to scents; especially the ones from a flower. You might be wondering why gnats are attracted to you; it is due to your scent. You are probably using a soap that has flower fragrance. The soap can have the scent that attracts these insects to come at you. Yet, that’s not the only case; some gnats are attracted to moisture or body heat.
If you are wondering why there are gnats at your home, it is because gnats are also attracted to fruits. If you have fruits in your house and they are not sealed well, those fruits might turn into their place to feed and breed. But, if you don’t have any fruits yet the gnats are still coming into your house, check whether you have either honey or vinegar. These things are irresistible for gnats; even there is a way of how to get rid of gnats by creating gnat traps that are made with these ingredients.
How to Prevent Them from Breeding?
It would be best to prevent them from breeding so you don’t have to think about of how to get rid of gnats afterwards. Like what has mentioned above; gnats love damp and moist places. Also, they lay their eggs in soil or water. If you are about to prevent them from breeding, then you need to do these things:
- Store Your Fruits
It has mentioned that gnats are attracted to fruits. Fruits are one of their favorite places to feed. Why is it? it is because not only feeding, they can also breed there. It has the nutrition the larva needs. It would be unpleasant to have their eggs and larva around your food, that’s why you must store the fruits in the refrigerator.
- Dry The Soil
Gnats lay their eggs in soil since it has water absorbed in it. The larva feed on the water; this is why once you water your grass and soil, let it dry overnight to prevent the larva to feed. This way, they won’t have the time to turn into an adult.
- Clean The Yard
To prevent them from breeding means you have to get rid of any damp places possible for them to breed. One of the possible places for the gnats to breed is pile of dry leaves that gets watered. Most noteworthy, it has to be cleaned as soon as possible so the eggs won’t be laid in your yard. Besides that, you also need to be thoughtful not letting any puddle in your yard.
- Check Your House Thoroughly
Checking your house thoroughly is another way to prevent the gnats from breeding. Like what has mentioned before, there is a kind of gnat called fungus gnats. These gnats breed in dead plants or fungus. Therefore, if you have fungus in your house then they might breed on it. Fungus grows in damp and moist place, a perfect place for gnats to breed. Leaked pipe is one of possible causes for it.
If you find your pipe leaked and cause fungus grow on its surrounding, then you should call for plumber immediately. Also, when you clean your house and put the trash in the trash can, don’t leave it opened; always seal it off so gnats can’t get in or out.
Where Do Gnats Breed in The House?
There are places in your house that you need to pay attention to before applying the ways of how to get rid of gnats. The places are your cabinets, your plant pots, and your sink. Your cabinets are damp if you keep it closed for a long time, it might attract them to come in and breed there, especially if you have leaking pipe behind the cabinets. Therefore, that’s why you also need to check for leaking pipes. It does not stop there, you need to check on your flower or plant pots as well. Make sure you are not overwatering it.
Why is it? It is because like what mentioned before, these gnats lay their eggs in the soil due to its watery property. The last place you need to be considered about is your sink. Sink drainage is a damp and watery place; there might also fungus for the gnats to breed. Yet, you cannot do anything to clean it unless you call a plumber.
How to Get Rid of Gnats in the House?
If you cannot prevent them from breeding and these gnats are already buzzing around in your house, you need to do these ways of how to get rid of gnats. These ways are simple and easy. Furthermore, the ingredients included are known to be either hated or loved by gnats:
- Make Gnat Traps
Gnats are easily lured due to its love to scents. There are some ingredients that can be made into traps to lure the gnats. The first one is a trap made by using red wine. Red wine is known to have fragrant smell; therefore, it is a great ingredient for a gnat trap. To make the trap; first of all you need to find a jar or a glass. Then, pour some of the red wine inside the jar or glass. After that, put 5 drops of dish soap (if it’s possible find the one with lemon scent) into the jar or glass and mix it together with the red wine. Next, cover the top of the jar or glass with cardboard. Make small holes on the cardboard so the gnats can come in.
This way, the gnats will be lured easily into the jar or glass and they will try to drink the wine. But, the soap mixed by the wine has made the glass surface slippery. Hence, the gnats will fall directly in the wine.
A bottle of red wine might cost you for about $20 up to $50, and for some people it might be a waste to be an ingredient for a gnat trap. Therefore, there is another ingredient other than red wine that is also usable as an ingredient for gnat traps. This ingredient can be found in every house; vinegar.
There are many kinds of vinegar that you can use, but for this trap you will need apple cider vinegar. The steps are almost the same as above; find yourself a jar, put the apple cider vinegar inside it, mix it with dish soap with lemon scent for about 7 drops, shake it a little until the soap gets on all of the jar’s inside surface, cover it with cardboard, and make small holes on it. Then the gnats will get in and they will fall into the apple cider vinegar directly. If you don’t have apple cider vinegar, the usual vinegar is fine. But, its scent is rather weak.
- Spray Your Plant Pots
This way of how to get rid of gnats in your house is rather easy if it is compared with the traps. But, this way can only be applied for the soil in the pot. What you have to do first is to have an empty spray bottle. What you need to do then is to put 5 up to 8 drops of lemon scented dish soap into the spray bottle and mix it with water.
If it is possible, don’t let the mixture to be thick; the water should be more than the dish soap. After that, place the spray bottle lid tightly and shake it well. When it is done, spray the mixture onto the soil in the pots. As a result of doing this; they will mistake it as water and feed on the soap water. Hence, the larva will be killed. But, doing this may ruin your plants. Therefore, it is suggested to replace the plant into another pot.
- Check the Sink Drainage
First of all, it has mentioned before that you cannot clean your sink drainage; but you can pour something as a way of how to get rid of gnats and their larva that may grow there. The thing that you can pour into the drainage is Ammonia. Ammonia is known as a chemical substance that has toxic in it. In addition, this chemical is a great remedy to get rid of gnats in the sink drainage since it has toxic.
What you need to do is easy; you only need to pour a small amount of it (about 200ml) into the drainage. But due to Ammonia’s toxic, your sink might not be able to be used for a couple of hours. Also, the toxic is not only dangerous for animals or insects; but it is dangerous for humans as well. If you find that using Ammonia is too dangerous for you and your family, you can replace it with diluted bleach.
How to Get Rid of Gnats Outside the House?
Not only inside your house, but gnats may buzz around in your yard as well. You will find it is annoying to have your yard raided by these insects. Therefore, you need to apply these ways of how to get rid of gnats outside the house. Some of these might need time to take effect; but the result will be great. These are the ways:
- Make Traps
Like what has mentioned before, gnats are easily lured due to its love to scents. This fact has made capturing and killing it easier. This time, the traps that will be made would be rather different than the ones for indoor application. Most noteworthy, this trap would not be suited to be placed inside the house. If you are asking why the trap would not be suited to be placed indoor; it is because the main ingredients for this trap are eggs. Not only that, this trap is known for its long durability. Therefore, the smell of eggs would not be good if placed indoor for a long time.
If you are about to make one of these traps, the first thing you need is an empty gallon. Once you had it, crack 4 eggs and put them into the gallon. Then, pour water into the gallon and mix it well. After that, take some 1 liter plastic bottles and make small holes on them. Next, pour the mixture from gallon into one of the plastic bottle until ¼ of it has filled (do this step until all of the bottles are filled). Then, take the plastic bottles outside and hang them on the trees, just make sure it is away from your house. Finally, let the smell of eggs in the bottles lures gnats and kill them. Replace the bottles once in 15 days.
- Purchase Bug Zapper
Bug zapper is rather expensive, but having these around your house is one of great idea of how to get rid of gnats. You can purchase one for about $30 up to $60. Like other insects, even if gnats love damp and moist places, they can be attracted to light as well. You don’t have to purchase the one that is expensive, but what you must do is to purchase the inexpensive ones with great quality. While the traps are for long term uses, these bug zappers can be used daily. By purchasing the inexpensive ones, you can place many of them outside your house.
- Place Sticky Traps
Sticky traps are another way of how to get rid of gnats in your yard because it is known for its capability in killing pests. These traps can be made by yourself or you can also buy them. If you are decided to buy them, it would cost you for about $2 up to $5 per package. Usually, sticky traps are made together with a thick paper or mat for easier disposal. But, there are also traps that are in shape of glue. While the one with mat is rather expensive, the glue one is cheaper and it can be placed everywhere.
If you are not going to buy one of these sticky traps, it is recommended to make one by yourself. The ingredients are rather easy and can be found in your house. What you need first is some sturdy paper, cut it into medium sized rectangular shape. Then, make a hole on top of it, put through a string into it and tie the string. Next, get your honey, water and sugar. Also, you need a bowl. First of all, put 2 tablespoons of sugar, 2 tablespoons of honey, and 150ml of water into the bowl and mix them well. After that, dip the sturdy paper into the bowl and let them dry. Finally, hang these papers around your yard; it can be hanged on trees or near the door and windows.
- Have a Birdhouse
Who can imagine that having a birdhouse is an amazing way of how to get rid gnats? This way is unique and also environment-friendly. So why having a birdhouse without having the birds? It is because the birds will come by themselves. Either you build or buy one, make sure that you have their feeder filled. The main point here is to let the birds feel comfortable to be in your yard. As a result, the birds will scare the gnats to come into your yards.