How to Get Rid of Gnats Fast Using Home Remedies
Nothing is more annoying than having little black flies float around your face for no particular reason. Here are the reasons why you have gnats in the house and a list of home remedies that have been proven to get rid of gnats quickly.
Find the source
Most gnat infestations will disappear on their own if you are able to find and remove the main cause. Here are a few reasons why gnats could be appearing in your house.
Soil is too damp
House plants are common sources of gnats, specifically fungus gnats. The larvae will thrive in damp soil. The gnats may start to appear if you overwater the house plants. The chances of this happening are much higher if you are using low-quality soil or potting mix.
Food waste and scraps
It might be fruit flies you are dealing with and not gnats. Tiny black flies can start to appear in the kitchen if you have food scraps left out in the open and not stored in tightly-sealed containers. For this reason, it’s also important to take out the garbage regularly. You don’t want enough time to elapse for the food wastes to decompose and attract gnats.
Dirty and damp drainage
Gnats can also appear due to clogged and dirty drains. In this instance, you are most likely dealing with drain flies. As we mentioned before, gnats love moisture and damp conditions. The kitchen and bathroom drains are the perfect place for gnats to hide and breed in crazy numbers.
Home remedies for getting rid of gnats
The following remedies should make a difference and get rid of many gnats overnight. Gnats having a short life cycle is a good and bad thing. It’s bad that they can reproduce so quickly but it’s also good in the sense that whatever steps you take will have an immediate impact in reducing the swarms of gnats in the house.
Make your house spotlessly clean
You will be winning at least half of the battle against gnats by keeping your house clear of dirt, debris, and food waste. Start with the kitchen. Vacuum the floor like your life depends on it. Store or throw away any food leftovers that could be prime targets of gnats.
Clean and maintain the drains
It doesn’t take long for dirt to accumulate in the kitchen and bathroom drains. We would recommend treating your drains using a product like the Green Gobbler, a drain treatment specifically designed to kill gnats and drain flies. It may also help from time to time to pour boiling water down the drain. This may help loosen any gunk that starts to build-up in the pipes.
Replace the plant soil
You may need to replace the plant soil if you are dealing with a large number of fungus gnats. Don’t go cheap on plant soil. Cheaper soils are more likely to come infested with pests and contaminants. You should also check your watering habits and make sure you aren’t adding too much water to the soil. You should never see small puddles of water on the soil surface. That’s an open invitation for gnats.
Set up gnat vinegar traps
Vinegar traps are cheap and effective for gnat control purposes. You just need a disposable cup, some vinegar (apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, red wine vinegar etc.), dish soap, and clingy plastic wrap or saran wrap. First, pour some vinegar into the disposable cup. Mix it with one or two drops of dish soap. The dish soap prevents the gnat from escaping its liquid doom once it makes contact with the vinegar solution. Next, place a plastic wrap over the top of the disposable cup and poke a few tiny holes along the surface. The holes should be big enough for the gnats to enter.
The vinegar trap works super well for getting rid of gnats as the small flies are attracted to the fermented smell. You can also use other liquids that go through the fermentation process, such as wine, if you don’t have vinegar at home. There are also some ready-made vinegar traps made from brands like Terro if you prefer to not get your hands dirty.
Set up yellow sticky traps
Flies like gnats are attracted to the color of yellow. Another hands-free approach to getting rid of adult gnats is by setting up some yellow sticky traps around the house. These traps will also give you a better idea of where the gnats are coming from. The more gnats that are caught, the closer you are to the source of the infestation.
Mosquito dunks and beneficial nematodes
Mosquito dunks don’t just kill mosquitoes. They are also effective for getting rid of gnats that appear from house plants. Those that are dealing with larger-scale gnat problems, such as infestations in the yard, may want to also consider using beneficial nematodes, which are a natural form of pest control.
Frequently asked questions
Are gnats harmful to humans?
No, gnats usually aren’t harmful to humans. There are, however, rare cases when a gnat bite could lead to an allergic reaction. It’s in your best interest to get rid of gnats before they become a bigger problem in your house.
Why do gnats fly into your face?
Gnats love moisture. Some gnats may fly into your face when you are sweaty. Gnats are also attracted to carbon dioxide. Your breath could be another reason for why they may continue to fly into your face.