Is there a home remedy for getting rid of little flies (gnats) around our house?
By Ed from Reno, NV
I live in Florida so you know that I know about bugs. They mostly hatch out in drains in your house so keep all drains plugged after use and you will have to "train" the family to be vigilant about this. Good luck.
Put apple cider vinegar in an empty salt shaker, the flies are attracted to the apple vinegar they go in through the hole and they can't get out and drown. I have tried it and it works, in the morning they float on top. I put a couple around the house.
I call those pesky critters "fruit flies" because they appear every time I buy more than 2 bananas at the store. Even green ones. 100s of wee flies, that are so smart for so short of a time. I freeze my bananas after slicing. Good for cooking, and good for cold mixed drinks, ie: breakfast drink, etc.
The flies seem to die on their own, on a "special" place by my sideboard. Get the fruit out of the way, and all is well. Don't toss fruit skins or uneaten pieces in the trash in the house. Use plastic bags from store and freeze it til garbage day. I only have this problem in the summer. Good luck to all. I am going to try the vinegar, since I use it for everything else in the house and garden. The odor of the vinegar goes away when it dries. (02/09/2010)
Put about 1/4-1/2 inch of apple cider vinegar in a small jar with just a drop or two of dish washing liquid. The dish washing liquid breaks the surface tension of the vinegar and the little critters drown. Cover tightly with plastic wrap held with a rubber band and put several small slits in the plastic. Then be patient. This works every time for me.
The gnats do not come from the drain. They are attracted there by the food scrap in the disposal. Hope this works as well for you as it does for me. (02/09/2010)
If you have indoor plants like I do, put sand on the top of the potting soil. It will prevent any gnats from coming up out of the soil and ruining that great party you're planning. (02/09/2010)
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