6 Ways to Instantly Get Rid of Gnats & Fruit Flies at Home
A quick summary of getting rid of gnats and fruit flies.
- Create a trap by mixing apple cider vinegar with a few drops of dish soap.
- Another home-made trap is to pour leftover red wine into a jar.
- Mash up banana slices in a jar and cover the top with a plastic wrap.
- Pour bleach solution into the bathroom sink. Warning: do not mix bleach with ammonia.
- Use an insect fogging product if you are dealing with a large-scale infestation.
- Place rotten fruits into a jar to attract the gnats and fruit flies.
Most Effective Gnat & Fruit Fly Traps Under $20
If you are looking for an immediate solution then it would probably best to purchase a control product that is designed to specifically kill or prevent gnat infestations. Fortunately, these products aren’t too pricey. Here is a list of the top products we would recommend for homeowners.
TERRO Fruit Fly Trap
If you are too busy to create a home-made trap then consider getting this cheap but effective alternative. The trap comes in the form of an apple-shaped container where you pour the food-based liquid. Flies will enter and get trapped in the apple of doom.
BEAPCO Fly Traps
This simple trap requires very little maintenance. Simply fill the traps with the non-toxic solution then leave them close to the problematic areas. The traps are clear so you can easily find out if they are effective at killing the gnats and fruit flies.
Gnat Yellow Sticky Trap
This sticky trap is made of environmentally-friendly material. The trap adhesive contains a substance that attracts bugs like fruit flies and gnats. Place these traps near areas where you see gnats most often like houseplants and the kitchen sink.
The following infographic highlights methods you could apply to get rid of gnats and fruit flies.
Home Remedies for Killing Gnats & Fruit Flies
Before you start applying any of the methods suggested below, it is important to understand where these fruit flies and gnats are coming from. The most effective way of getting rid of these insects is to apply the methods near the source. For example, if you are dealing with drain flies then you would want to make sure you are using methods that can be applied to the drain where the gnats are coming from.
These methods won’t guarantee 100% success for everyone. Some will have more success than others, depending on the severity and complexity of the situation. These methods, however, are still worth trying before you call in the professionals.
1. Buy a Gnat Trap
The easiest and most convenient of way of getting rid of gnats is by purchasing a reputable gnat trap. We highly recommend trying out the Gnat Stix for this purpose. Primarily designed to tackle fungus gnats, this particular product helps get rid of gnats by trapping them moments after they emerge from the soil. You will not have to rely on pesticide to get rid of gnats.
2. Vinegar Trap
This is usually the go-to method for people who want to rely on homemade techniques. For this method, you will need some apple cider vinegar, sugar, dish soap, water, and a container. In the container, mix two tablespoons of vinegar, 1 tablespoon of sugar, a few drops of soap, and 1 liter of water. Mix it well then place the container around the area where you see the most gnats. The insects get attracted to the smell of cider vinegar then succumb to their death when they touch the liquid mixture because of the soap. You may want to set up several small containers around the house to get a better idea of where the gnats are breeding.
3. Pouring Bleach into Sink
If you are dealing with drain flies then this is something that may help with reducing the problem. Sometimes, pouring bleach won’t necessarily eradicate the problem because the gnats may be breeding deep within the drainage system. When you use this method, do not straight up pour bleach into the sink. You want to dilute it a bit with a bit of water first. Some people also had some success using ammonia to kill off drain gnats. Make sure you wear eye and mouth protection when you pour these liquid into the drains. Warning: do not mix bleach with ammonia. Mixing
these two chemicals will cause a deathly toxic fume.
4. Red Wine Trick
Much like the vinegar trap, the trick here is to attract the gnats and fruit flies to the scent of red wine then drown them as soon as they make contact. You may also want to mix the wine with a bit of dish soap so the gnats are unable to fly always. There is no need for expensive wines. Cheap versions will work just as well. Pour the wine into a small container. Wrap the top of the container with plastic wrap then punch a few holes in it. Set it up near the presence of the fruit flies and gnats overnight and let the magic happen.
5. Fogging Products
Fogging is an effective way to get rid of gnat swarms. If you are dealing with a large area then fogging is probably the most practical way of getting rid of gnats. The Burgess Insect Fogger is quite a popular choice for outdoor use. The Hot Shot Insect Fogger, on the other hand, has been the most popular item for indoor fogging.
6. Rotten Fruit Trick
Similar to the vinegar trap, stick a rotten or overripe fruit into a container, put a plastic around the container, pinch a few holes into the plastic, then watch as the gnats fly into the trap.
How to Identify Gnats & Fruit Flies
Despite being extremely small in size, gnats and fruit flies can become a huge nuisance if they are left to dwell in households and gardens. Gnats and fruit flies become even bigger problems once they start breeding. In this article, we take a look at several important items one would need to consider when dealing with these pests, both indoors and outdoors. First, it is important to understand the different types of gnats that exist. We then take a look at the six methods that one could apply to permanently get rid of the gnats. Last but not least, we take a look at preventive measures one could take to ensure they do not appear in your home again in the future.
Types of gnats & Fruit Flies
Because of their size, most gnats look exactly the same. They are tiny and usually black in color. However, if you take a closer look, you will notice some distinct differences between different types of gnats. The most common type of gnat that most people will have to deal with is the house plant gnat. For most people, this type of gnat appears from potted plants. If the quality of soil is poor then there is a greater likelihood for the house plant gnat to appear at home. They usually live for around seven to eight days. Another common type of gnat is the drain fly. You will notice this type of gnat coming from your bathroom and kitchen. Keep in mind that these gnats can reproduce really quickly so it should be in your best interest to get rid of them as soon as possible.
Fruit flies look more or less the same as gnats but are a bit larger in size. There is also a slight difference in color with fruit flies having slightly brownish heads, while gnats are fully black in color. It’s really difficult to tell them apart unless you have a microscope. The good thing is that most of the solutions we have listed out below are effective in controlling both pests.
Preventing Gnats & Fruit Flies in the Future
You aren’t done after applying those gnat eradication methods. The next step is to make sure those pesky fruit flies and gnats do not appear again by applying some preventive measures. Here are some things to consider when you are setting up the defense.
1. Clean Up Dirty Dishes
Make sure there aren’t any dirty dishes lying around in the sink. Get in the habit of cleaning your dishes straight after you are done with eating a meal.
2. Cover & Get Rid of Trash bags
Make sure your trash cans are well covered. If you are unable to invest in a solid trash can with a bin then at least cover the open can with something like newspaper. You want to keep the odor contained as well as possible.
3. Get Rid of Damp areas
Look around your home, specifically in the bathroom and the kitchen, for any unnecessary damp area. Gnats, especially drain gnats, get attracted to these kind of damp areas so do your best to keep them as dry as possible. Is there a leaking pipe? Do you have water pouring in from the outside when it rains? Find out the source and fix it.
4. Change pot soil
If you have indoor plants at home and you are certain the gnats and fruit flies are coming from them then you may have to change the pot soil. Invest in top-quality soil, which are unlikely to contain unwanted pests (including ants) and weeds.
Published on December 28, 2016 by Sam Choan.