I have gnats or fruit flies. I got rid of most of them, but the apple cider vinegar and dish soap is not working any more. Now they are mostly staying on the ceiling in the kitchen . I keep putting down fly paper, then I slide a broom near them and they fly into the paper. What are your tips?
I use a small dish with some white wine in it. Cover with a piece of saran wrap and poke 4-6 pencil size holes in the wrap.
What is the source of the gnats? They have to be living somewhere in your house if they keep multiplying. Do you keep fruit sitting out? I used to have a potted plant where they had laid eggs and they just multiplied like crazy. I didn't want to get rid of the plant. I tried the apple cider vinegar thing and it did nothing. I talked to an employee at a plant nursery and she said that fly paper is the only non-toxic way to get rid of them besides throwing out the plant.
Fruit flies can also reproduce in pop cans or drink boxes, such as in a recycle bin, or even in a dirty garbage can, if there was juice spilled in there. I think that you must try to figure out where they are coming from and get rid of their habitat.
I found an easy way to kill em, a good spray bottle with water and a dash of liquid soap. squirt them and they can't fly and they die, also works on flies. Barb
I just went though the worst infestation that you could imagine. I read everything and cleaned everything. They still came everyday. I learned that they lay eggs in your drains from where I work. In a hotel from the pest tech. You cannot get rid of them with Drano. It does not work. You need to pull your drain pipes under each sink and scrub them with a brush. Once you get rid of the eggs, keep on with the vinegar and dish soap recipe. It does work. It does take time. But you will eventually see a lot less in time.
I am down to maybe one or two every other day compared to many flying in my face every day. Cleaning you drains is the key. That is where they lay their eggs and if you do a little research on the net, you will see why you cannot kill the eggs with Drano. I have been battling them for 2 years and I am finally getting some peace. And we do not even buy fresh fruits or veggies. We work too much to cook. Hope this helps. It sure did me. Sherry
I found the best thing! Boil a big pot of water. Sprinkle a box of baking soda. 1/2 on each side...into the drains. Pour about a cup of white vinegar down each side. It will bubble up and get foamy. When this stops, pour hot water down each side.
Great advice here, but people are confusing the two similar but very different flies: Note that fruit flies have red eyes. These you usually can trap using the bottle/vinegar/soap trick. Phorid flies are much more difficult as they are not drawn to the sweetness, and I swear the fly much faster than fruit flies.
From what I'm discovering the Phorid flies breed in damp places on organic material. Drains are perfect for this and is where you will notice them to start with. My son alerted me that his drain had flies a month back. Wish I had listened as now they are all over the house. Time to get on the gear and clean all the drains.
Solution(primary towards bottom): I've tried almost everything, once I thought they were almost gone, they come right back. It's a few different species of gnats and flies I'm dealing with. Majority stay on ceiling and walls and edges of things. They leave a hell of a mess to clean up after a while where they "rest". I'm getting ready to repaint my ceilings.
This is a collection of things to do at the same time.
This started I think when my basement flooded a while back. They could be in the drain, but I don't think so. The small elongated flies are on the ceilings(mainly), walls(higher up more so), cabinets(like walls) and edges of things (higher up always), the gnats are (when they get the opportunity), in bags, cans, sink. They like to lay brown cocoons on plates and stuff in the sink. The gnats, most of them have stripes in the back.
Put a piece of banana in a dish. Place in a baggie and seal. Make a couple of small holes ( tip of a needle and stretch it a bit so they can find their way in) in the top of the baggie. Good luck. Works for me. They get in but cannot find their way out.
Thanks for this. I've been trying to get rid of these dies in my plants for ages. I couldn't figure out what kind of flies they were because they clearly weren't fruit flies since all those other traps weren't working!
Easily solved, get a mason jar and make a paper cone funnel with a small hole. Put juice in the mason jar or wine or anything with sugar and out the cone inside the jar. Tape around sealing the cone in the jar. Enjoy catching any flying insect, bees and hornets included. They fly in for the sweets and cant fly out.
Thats very crafty!! I must try this! Ive also thought a good ole can of V05 Hairspray would do the trick too. Make their wings sticky and they cant fly either. Havent tried that yet but I think I will and your method as well! Thanks for the advice
Thank you thank you thank you for this! The only thing that worked at the end was the hairspray method and then vacuum cleaning them up.
Not working sister. Had mine out for a week and not a single gnat in it.
Ive got three traps out now for a week. No gnat in any of them and one is white vinegar. It doesent work
I add about 1-2tlbs of sugar to apple cider vinegar and dish soap and make sure it's mixed I don't cover it and I have caught many I have used them not only in the kitchen
I feed my cat a wet can in the morning. By the time I come home in the afternoon there are about 30 or 40 of them covering the plate. I pick up the plate and they scatter and run into the carpet, as the feeding area is right at the edge of the floor and the dining room carpet. They must be breeding in the carpet behind a large piece of furniture nearby. I can't not feed the cat so what would you suggest? I don't have time to figure out your running from room to room method.
You're the only one who mentioned the cat food so I'm asking you. I feed my cat a wet can in the morning. By the time I come home in the afternoon there are about 30 or 40 of them covering the plate. I pick up the plate and they scatter and run into the carpet, as the feeding area is right at the edge of the kitchen floor and the dining room carpet, and into the cracks of the wall and under the cabinet. They're obviously multiplying. I can't not feed the cat so what would you suggest? I don't have time to figure out your running from room to room method, plus I live in a small apartment so I don't have but a kitchen, bedroom, and a small open living area. I can't afford to buy a new tight lid trash can right now. I have several cups of apple cider vinegar out and the bottom of the cup is filled with the things so they are still attracted to it but it's not enough to kill so many of them. What will actually kill these things? Can I put one of those tiny straw nozzles on a can of some chemical and shoot it up into the open cracks? It's getting bad.
Don't know where they came from never had before