6 Amazingly Quick Ways to Get Rid of Gnats in the House
Let’s cut straight to the chase. Gnats start off as minor nuisance pests but can eventually become a major headache if the infestation isn’t dealt with quickly. Here are six methods you can use to get rid of the gnats fast. What method you use will depend on where the gnats are appearing from.
Gnats in the Kitchen and Dining Area
You are most likely dealing with fruit flies. The kitchen and dining area is usually the #1 spot where gnats and fruit flies appear inside the house due to the presence of rotten fruits and kitchen waste. Here are the elimination methods we suggest:
1. Keep the Kitchen Bin Tightly-Sealed
The kitchen bin is usually the #1 breeding ground for gnats and fruit flies, especially when the warmth of summer kicks in. If you don’t already have one, we suggest investing in a kitchen bin that comes with a tightly-sealed lid. One recommendation is the iTouchless stainless steel bin. Not even something as tiny as a gnat will be able to make its way into the kitchen waste.
In addition to investing in a solid bin, we would also suggest taking out the trash more regularly, at least when the weather is warm and humid.
2. Create Apple Cider or White Vinegar Traps
This is a super-easy DIY method for getting rid of gnats. Add a few spoons of apple cider vinegar, few drops of dish soap, and a tablespoon of sugar in an old bowl and mix the contents. White vinegar works as well but some of our readers have found it to be not as effective as apple cider vinegar.
To create the gnat vinegar trap, place one or two bowls near the part of the kitchen or dining area where the gnats swarm. Terro offers ready-made vinegar traps if you prefer to buy them.
We have more quick and effective tips on getting rid of fruit flies if the above methods don’t help eliminate the annoying flying insects.
Gnats in the Bathroom or Toilet
You are most likely dealing with sewer gnats or drain flies if they mostly appear from the bathroom or any part of the house that has drainage pipe openings. Here are the removal methods we suggest for these types of gnats.
3. Clean the Bathroom Drains
The dirty debris that accumulates in the bathroom drains is the perfect breeding ground for sewer flies and drain gnats. We suggest using drain treatment cleaners such as the Green Gobbler Gel to keep the pipes clean.
4. Dehumidify the Bathroom
This isn’t as easy for houses or apartments that have windowless bathrooms but it’s important to get rid of the excess moisture in the bathroom. This also applies to other parts of the house that has access to water. Moisture is one of few things that gnats are attracted to.
Get yourself a strong dehumidifier and turn it on during days of high humidity or just after you took a shower. Don’t forget to open the windows as well if the bathroom has them.
Gnats Near Houseplants or Garden
You are most likely dealing with fungus gnats. To kill fungus gnats, you need to locate the houseplants that are infested with the larvae and eggs.
5. Set Up Yellow Sticky Traps
Go buy some yellow sticky traps (they are inexpensive) and place them in the vicinity of the infested houseplant. Yellow sticky traps will also help with removing part of the infestation. It will get rid of the adult flies but it won’t get rid of the gnat larvae and eggs.
6. Apply Mosquito Bits to the Soil
To get rid of the gnat larvae and eggs in the soil, we would suggest using a product like Mosquito bits. You don’t have to worry about pesticide concerns as mosquito bits leverage a natural bacteria called BTi to kill the larvae.
How to Prevent a Gnat Infestation
Ultimately, there is nothing more effective to getting rid of gnats than to prevent them from appearing in the first place. We already offered a few hints on how that can be done.
Keep the Kitchen Meticulously Clean
In addition to taking out the trash regularly, make sure there is no food waste left in the open. Pay special attention to fruits and vegetables. Make sure to discard any that are showing signs of rotting.
Sanitize the Drains and Pipes
Aside from using gel-based drain treatment products, you can also keep the pipes clean by pouring down hot, boiling water once a day.
Don’t Overwater Your Plants
Overwatering is one of the biggest reasons why gnats start to appear from houseplant soil. Your plants will also thank you if you keep the watering at the minimum frequency.