6 Amazingly Quick Ways to Get Rid of Gnats in the House
Gnats are one of the most common pests that homeowners encounter especially during late spring and summer. We cover six ways to help you get rid of gnats quickly.
1. Trap the Gnats with Vinegar or Rotten Fruits
All you may need is some good old vinegar and dish soap to wipe out the gnat population at home. Stir together a bowl consisting of a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and a few drops of dish soap (see our video for visual instructions).
Place the bowl in areas of the house, such as the kitchen and bathroom, where gnats are likely to dwell. You could also purchase ready-made traps. The Terro Fly trap, for example, is known to be super effective at trapping and eliminating gnats.
Don’t have vinegar at home? You can achieve the same result by creating a trap consisting of rotten or decaying fruit (gnats just love fermented stuff). We would suggest covering the bowl with saran wrap (poke a few tiny holes) to prevent the gnats from escaping.
2. Clean the Drains and Pipes
There are actually several types of gnats with the most common ones being fungus gnats and drain gnats. If you see a lot of gnats around the bathroom then you could be dealing with drain gnats.
You can get rid of these gnats quickly by cleaning the kitchen and bathroom pipe on a regular basis. The simplest way is by pouring boiling water down the infested pipes at least once a day (assuming the pipes are not clogged).
A bio-based cleaner, such as the Bio Drain Gel, will also help clean the inner pipe surface and suffocate any gnats inside due to its thickened formula.
3. Place Yellow Sticky Traps Around the House
The yellow sticky traps work especially well for fungus gnats, which typically appear from poor-quality soil in plant containers. The bright yellow color will attract the gnats and the adhesive surface will capture them as soon as they make contact.
You can grab a pack of yellow stick gnat traps such as the Garsum sticky trap at a very affordable price. It’s also pet and children-safe as long as you grab the non-toxic products.
4. Replace the Potted Soil
Sometimes, some plant containers may be beyond saving. If the gnat infestation is too heavy, we would suggest replacing the infested soil completely. There is a greater likelihood of this happening when you over-water indoor plants so be careful with how much water you give to your plants.
5. Clear the Kitchen Trash
Gnats can often be confused with fruit flies. If you are dealing with the latter then it’s important to throw away the trash on a regular basis. Fruit flies typically appear from decaying matter in warm, humid conditions.
6. Create a Trap Using Leftover Wine
Some people have found wine to be a more effective lure than apple cider vinegar. You can create your own gnat trap at home by swirling some cheap, leftover wine with a few drops of dish detergent. Pour the wine mixture into a small bowl then wrap the top with saran wrap. Poke a few holes along the saran wrap surface to allow the gnats to enter and eventually fall into their demise.
Ultimately, the best method for getting rid of gnats is prevention. This can be achieved by cleaning your house on a regular basis. Make sure there’s no organic debris or leftover foods for the gnats to feed from. Take out the trash on a regular basis and maintain the water pipes.
Check out this infographic for more effective methods for getting rid of gnats in the house. Always start with the source when you are dealing with these annoying flies.