Getting Rid of Biting Gnats

Does anyone know how to get rid of the biting gnats (not fruit flies, not normal gnats)? These are not attracted to cider vinegar, soap, or fruit. I had a dozen of these scattered around the house, and they did catch normal gnats, but not these biting ones. These are not killed with "flying insect killer" (biting gnats are the one exception listed on can). I tried it anyway, but it didn't work.


They bite mercilessly when I'm watching TV or on the computer. My son accidentally brought these back from Costa Rica and nothing seems to work. I hung pest strips and bug zappers right behind my head while watching TV for days with no help. I have been battling these for over a year. Sometimes they fly between me and the computer screen, but are so small and quick, I can't seem to kill them. Any useful ideas?

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December 6, 20160 found this helpful

They are obviously getting fed from something in your house. They can't live without water/food. Make sure everything is contained. Rub essential oil of lavender mixed with a carrier oil such as extra virgin olive oil on your body. They shouldn't bother you.

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December 29, 20160 found this helpful

I would suggest you use insect repellent while you are inside your home. Wash all bedding in hot water and dry.


Rent a steamer for drapes and upholstered furniture. Encase your mattress. Cover all food. Make sure there are no leaks or standing water.

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