How to Get Rid of Gnats in the House Fast With Home Remedies
Gnats can annoy you like no other despite their tiny size. They will seemingly come out of nowhere and grown in numbers due to their ability to breed quickly. Fortunately, gnats inside the house can be eliminated quickly by using a combination of home remedies. Here are our top suggestions.
1. Clean the Drains and Pipes
There are actually several types of gnats with the most common ones being fungus gnats and drain gnats. In the case of the latter, it’s important to hit them at the source by cleaning the kitchen and bathroom pipe on a regular basis. If you notice more gnats appearing in the kitchen or bathroom then we suggest a few steps. First, pour boiling water down the pipes at least once a day (but only do this if you are certain the pipes are not clogged).
Next, grab a bio-based cleaner, such as the Bio Drain Gel, and pour the appropriate amount down the drain. These cleaner products will help clean the inner pipe surface and suffocate any gnats inside due to its thickened formula.
2. Lure and Trap the Gnats with Vinegar
We suggest placing several traps, such as the Terro Fly trap, in the house to capture the lingering gnats. You can also make your own using a mix of apple cider vinegar and dish soap. Gnats are attracted to the smell of decaying or fermenting matter so apple cider vinegar is the perfect lure for getting rid of gnats. We suggest placing several of these traps where the gnats are commonly seen. Watch our video if you would like to see these traps in action.
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.
4. Replace the Potted Soil
If you are dealing with fungus gnats then it’s a good idea to replace the soil in the indoor plant containers. Fungus gnats can also grow in number if you over-water the plants. This creates a damp environment which gnats can thrive in. You should never see a puddle of water on the surface of the plant container. Your plants will thank you for this as well.
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. If you throw away the trash regularly then this should solve the pest issue in a matter of days.
6. Create a Trap Using Leftover Wine
Some people have found wine to be more effective as a lure than apple cider vinegar. If you happen to have some cheap leftover wine at home then you could create a homemade gnat trap by swirling it with a few drops of dish detergent. Pour the wine solution into a plastic cup or 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.
When dealing with gnat infestations, a lot comes down to cleanliness and maintenance. If you clean the bathroom and kitchen pipes regularly and maintain the houseplants then this will be a big step forward in terms of gnat prevention.
Check out this infographic for more interesting DIY ideas to get rid of gnats in the house. Always start with the source when you are dealing with annoying insects like gnats.