Getting Rid Gnats In Litterbox

I have 3 cats and 2 large litter boxes for them and I am having a huge gnat or fruit fly problem. I keep the litters clean and get rid of everything the bugs would like, but they are still here. I want to get rid of the bugs, but not the cats. The bugs have been here since the last summer began and no doubt will be twice as bad when summer comes again. Please help! They are so annoying.


By Carolyn Brown

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February 7, 20110 found this helpful

Put 1 cup of apple cider vinegar in a plastic cup, then two drops of dish washing liquid (cheap is fine, too) to break up the surface adhesion. The bugs will dive in and drown. This is the cheapest and easiest way to keep them at bay.

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February 7, 20110 found this helpful

Chances are you aren't cleaning the litter box often enough. What kind of litter are you using? I suggest the clumping kind. If you aren't currently using that you will be happier using the clumping so you can scoop both the urine and the poopie once or twice a day and put in a used veggie bag or grocery bag to dispose of.


It's so much easier and will keep those bugs away. If you buy store brand clumping litter it's a lot cheaper than name brand. Even then you might think the cost is outrageous but it's really not because you're not having to throw out all of the urine soaked regular litter, only the clumps. Be sure to clean and dry the litter box thoroughly before putting the new litter in.

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November 6, 20160 found this helpful

I do this and I clean the litter out every day at least once.
I hate the clumping stuff but use it.
the little bitty fruit flies are still there, thanks anyway.

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August 1, 20190 found this helpful

Yes and no. Changing your litter box more often will help, but I didn't start having a problem until I used a cheap cat litter. Now they're everywhere. I've tried specialized little fly traps for, I imagine, fruit flies. That didn't work. Now I'm about to try the vinegar and dish soap mix.


I've tried it before, but I didn't use the dish soap and it didn't work. My biggest worry is that these things, once they're there, you won't be able to get rid of them. I've even used cans and cans of bug bombs and they still come back! Here's hoping the dish soap does the trick.

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February 8, 20111 found this helpful

I have always used balsamic vinegar in a small bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap and with a fork poke little holes in plastic wrap. The little buggers will get in and drown. I use this when fruit flies come out. Works wonders. Jenwa

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February 14, 20110 found this helpful

I had 2 cats and one lived to be 18 years old. I never ever had your problem. I am guessing it's either in the cat's diet (bugs must be liking something in there), or else it's something in the litter.


I only used Scoop Away. Loved it.

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December 31, 20171 found this helpful

I have two cats. They both eat the same brand of food and use the same brand of litter. One cat is 19 and chooses spend all its time in my master suite. The other is 4 and has full run of the house. They eat in separate rooms and each have their own litter box on opposite sides of the house which are both cleaned at least twice daily. The 4 year old's litter box attracts the flies, the elderly cat's litter box does not. This leads me to believe that it has nothing to do with the litter, the diet or the age of the cats themselves. The only difference I can report is that the 4 year old's poop stinks to high heaven and the 19 year old's does not. This leaves me to believe that the flies are attracted to the odor.

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September 8, 20180 found this helpful

My cat is 19 yrs old and her poop stinks badly. I scoop twice a day and use scoop away. But they still stick around.

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June 20, 20180 found this helpful

Its not anything youre doing wrong with the litter box. You need to find where the flies are laying their eggs. Until you get rid of the larvae, you cant get rid of the flies.


The Apple cider vinegar will work to catch them, but they will keep coming back as long as they have a place to lay eggs.

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August 11, 20180 found this helpful

Hello, Im having the same problems with my cat litter. It used to be in the basement, and I tried everything even pouring vinegar down the floor drain! I have recently moved it upstairs to our master bedroom where it is being renovated, but its currently on hold for the warmer months. I clean the box at least once a day as they are very smelly. They are 8 & 9, and refuse too eat the good food anymore and only want cheap food, I put baking soda in the clumping litter everyday.
Thanks from Canada
How to find the larvae, cuz they just keep coming back.

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August 20, 20190 found this helpful

I did this before gotta do again. Go to pinterest, look 4 how to get rid of fruit flies.


It's easy to do. Glass jar, I think sweet water ( sugar) and I'm putting one in my bathroom right near cat box. I hateem.

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