Seeing spots zipping past your eyes? It could be the dreaded gnat. These tiny insects multiply rapidly and can become very annoying. This is a guide about getting rid of gnats.
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I also have a gnat problem again this year. The only thing that worked for me was to take a 9 oz. or larger glass, make a funnel out of paper (computer or notebook) with a tiny opening at bottom. Make the top (opening for gnat entrance) large enough to fit in the glass and use tape to hold it in place. I found they will find a way out if the bottom funnel hole is too large and or if the top part isn't taped securely around the glass.
Pour enough apple cider vinegar in glass (before adding funnel), to get it as close as possible to bottom of funnel. The smell of vinegar attracts them to the funnel and in they go and can't get out. You'll see them walking around inside the glass trying every way possible to get out. They'll get tired and drown in the apple cider vinegar. Place these where you see them the most, in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, etc. They like moist areas. Remember to redo every couple days. I tried plastic cups, but for some reason, they go to the glass better. Good luck!
By adbdnc from NH
To create a gnat trap, take an empty 2 liter bottle, cut off the top 1/3, pour in some sweet pickle juice or vinegar/sugar combo, then invert the top and fit it into the bottom containing the mixture. It should attract the gnats which will then be unable to find their way back out!
By virginnyb65 from Charles City, IA
Everyone knows how annoying gnats can be. Once they are there, it's very hard to get rid of. They nest in damp places, such as sink drains. If you want to get rid of them pour a couple of tablespoons of white vinegar into a small bowl. Put it in the general area of where they are swarming.
You can tell a difference within a day. They will be gone completely within a couple of days. If they are in more than one area, put a small bowl in each area. This really works!
Source: My daughter, Miranda
By Rhonda from TN
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Here are questions related to Getting Rid of Gnats.
I have fungus gnats (that do bite) and or biting midges, and they are wreaking havoc with biting me and my dog. My carpet was brand new 2 years ago and shampooed frequently and almost dry when finished. The gnats or other insects are also leaving larvae and gooey brown stuff and sticky runny stuff on my things. Everywhere.
What do I do and how do I get rid of them in my house and stop them from biting us? They are all over the place. I am not a dirty person either. My dog gets a bath regularly and is on all preventions. Thanks.
By Barbara from Richmond, VA
By Sweet Spring Farmer12/02/2011
Our gnat infestation came courtesy of the 7 cords of firewood we brought into our basement for this winter's heating. Even though the wood had been "drying" outside for almost five months, it had been a wet summer. We used a combination of apple cider vinegar and dish detergent placed throughout the basement and upstairs rooms, fly paper strips, and up close and personal squishing!
What seemed to work best was the fly strips hung in windows, with as many as six strips forming a curtain. (The gnats seem to favor light and would congregate during the day in sunlit windows; at night they'd flock to light bulbs.) Regarding Hot Shot Pest Strips (as with most chemicals): the instructions on the package are clear in their warnings about their danger to all living things and food; just because you can't smell it doesn't mean it's safe! Take the time to pursue pests with safe products.
What can I spray or rub on the screen to keeps these gnats from coming into my bedroom?! I don't want a trap that lures them in and then kills them, I want something that repels and keeps them off my screens and out of my room. Please help.
By Nicole S.
You could spray the screen thoroughly with Raid bug spray, and then repeat after a few days. I'll bet that will keep them away. Good luck!
We have gnats which are taking over. What is the safest way to get rid of them? They are in our bedroom, as well as the rest of our home, but mainly concentrated in the kitchen and our master bedroom.
By Heather from Smyrna, TN
I just moved into an apartment. I've found a lot of dirty little overlooked areas, like caked on food on the trim of dishwasher, stove, floor corners. The gnats were coming from the pipe that is a bit larger than the drain hose from the washer stuck inside of it.
Solution...rubberbands (for now), take the hose out of drain pipe, slip the rubberbands onto the pipe &/or drain, I used several. Stick the hose back into the pipe, and reattach the little security band that keeps it in there. Wrap a piece of scrap fabric, or old towel all around and overlapping where hose and pipe meet.
Slip those rubberbands over each one, some on the pipe and some on the hose. Prevent them from flying out of the drain. It really stinks. I have run several loads of bleach rags down already, from all the gunk I cleaned up. I will have maintenance come and deal with the odor.
Best of luck with this problem!
I am having problems with gnats in my basement. I don't know what they are attracted to. I don't have any live pants or food in the basement. They seem to be multiplying. How can I get rid of them?
By Linda (Guest Post)07/13/2005
They are probably fungus gnats. They have to be breeding somewhere. If you can find the source (think damp/moist places) there is a product from Garden's Alive called No More Gnats, that I use on my houseplants when I start to see gnats.
How do you get rid of gnats?
By Poor But Proud01/19/2011
Yep, she is right. But, to keep the water adhesion down, drop in a few drops of dish washing liquid.
Works every time!
Do you have something to catch gnats? I need some ideas for making a trap.
By Marie M
I made the mistake of using hedge apples to try to get rid of spiders, and instead I got a house full of gnats. :-( I put small bowls of vinegar out, with enough veg oil on top to thinly cover it. I was amazed at how many of those pesky gnats I caught in them. Literally hundreds of them.
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I have a problem every spring and summer with gnats in my kitchen. Any ideas? - Susan J.
RE: Problem with Gnats
I too deal with gnats and here is how I cut down on them. First, put away ALL food, including fruit in the fruit bowl. Put food scraps in bags before putting in trash can, and empty trash frequently. Make a gnat trap-a small bowl of vinegar with a few drops of dishwashing liquid works well-change frequently. You can also put a piece of banana in a jar, stretch plastic wrap over the mouth and secure with a rubber band, then poke holes in plastic wrap-they can get in but they can't get out. This get gross after a while. At night, pour some bleach down EACH drain in your house, and plug-that is where they breed. Good luck. :-)
Post by Connie(/font)
RE: Problem with Gnats
The best solution I have found for gnats in the kitchen is as follows: take a large glass or jar, put a little cider vinegar in the bottom and put saran wrap over the top, secure with rubber band. Make a very small hole in the top just big enough for a gnat to get through. They will come in to get the vinegar, but cannot find their way out. This works very well for me.
Post by Wanda(/font)
RE: Problem with Gnats
This is for the lady with gnats in her kitchen. Could they possibly be fruit flies?
Post by Karin(/font)
RE: Problem with Gnats
Place a piece of banana peel into an old ketchup bottle (long necked small mouthed bottle) lay the bottle on it's side at night. In the morning the flies should be in the jar enjoying the banana peel. Without moving the jar place the cap on, locking the bugs inside. You can toss out the bottle trap or just wash it out outside and reuse again if needed.
Mrs. Kathy Cohen Northfield, VT
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RE: Problem with Gnats
I would like to thank Wanda, Karin, and Connie for your help with my gnat problem. I am a single guy who knows nothing about plants but to water them and my aunt brought me plants with gnats on them and they had infested my entire home. I searched all over the internet before I found your remedies and I they all worked!
Post by Steve Herron(/font)
RE: Problem with Gnats
The Cider Vinegar with saran wrap and rubber band with small hole does not work for all gnats. I have little black gnats, not fruit flies or fruit gnats. Any other ideas I can use. Black Gnats just fly around cup, won't even land on lid.
Post by Shawn(/font)
Place a few chunks of a ripe banana in a large jar that has a lid that will fit it. Lay it on its side and leave it be. I usually lay it on my sink overnight and in the morning very gently put the lid on, turn on the Hot Water, carefully remove the lid part way and let the water go in. It kills the gnats.
The water must be very hot to work as the cold water only stuns them. It works every time. It might take several times but shortly your gnat problem will be under control. Warning: You must not leave the banana and jar unrinsed as the Gnats will lay eggs! Don't ask me how I know!
By Candi from Wheeling, WV
By MICHELLE JADAA
I am being inundated with gnats, house flies, and other pests, I don't know what they all are. I have tried apple cider vinegar, with soap and sugar, fly traps, wine bottles. Can someone tell me how I can get rid of them. I have killed a bunch but they keep coming. Thanks for your help.
Billie from Sharpsburg, GA
I went through this same problem recently - couple of tips that will help.
1. When you're not using your kitchen/bathroom sinks, put stoppers in the drains. This cuts off their water supply and their access - many of the gnats we had were coming in through the pipes.
2. Find a sweet wine - Riesling worked best for me - put some in a wine glass and just leave it sitting where ever you are having trouble. It takes some time, but eventually the sweetness draws them and ultimately they drowned. I changed my wine every couple of days - this helped a lot.
3. If you have pets - pick up and clean their bowls immediately after they eat. This is another bug food supply that I didn't consider until someone told me about it.
4. Then there's the obvious remedies - make sure your trash cans are all closed & sealed. Immediately put food away that is not being used and keep dry goods in Ziploc bags to limit access.
These are not foolproof and no single item will fix the problem. Just some helpful hints that might start to lower the number of invaders you're seeing.
Hope this helps! (07/19/2006)
I have tiny gnats that are flying all over my house. I have cleaned and scrubbed and tried to find anything that might be the source of them.
I have a horrible problem with gnats in my house! We left food out one day (out of laziness) and ended up with a terrible outcome