How do I get rid of gnats in my house?
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.
The majority of gnats and flies are attracted to certain smells, especially fruit and sweet scents. Many species of gnats and flies are attracted by body heat. Others are in search of moisture. Not only are they drawn to perspiration, but also the mucous around your eyes and nose that can be a source of moisture.
- That stuff can be ripened fruits or vegetables, as well as drains, garbage disposals, empty bottles and cans, trash bags, or cleaning rags and mops. Fruit flies lay their eggs — up to 500 at a time — on these moist surfaces. When the larvae hatch, they feed on the surface too.
- The front portion of the body is tan and the rear portion is black. Fruit flies lay their eggs near the surface of fermenting foods or other moist, organic materials. Upon emerging, the tiny larvae continue to feed near the surface of the fermenting mass.
- Fungus gnats are small flies that breed in the damp soil of potted plants, and fly around your home in circles. The adults are attracted to carbon dioxide and often fly around people, attracted by their breath.
Simply put, Gnats, "any of many species of tiny flying insects in the Dipterid suborder Nematocera, especially those in the families Mycetophilidae, Anisopodidae and Sciaridae." Aren't born. . they develop via larvae.
- Most spend the winter as adults in cracks and crannies and wake up in spring to lay their eggs on decaying matter. House flies delight in unhygienic places, and their maggots feed on rotting food and other human waste.
- Repellents: DEET, citronella, vanilla, pine oil, and dryer sheets are commonly used to repel gnats. You can also use fans on your porch to keep the air moving and discourage hovering swarms.
- Answer: If you have gnats in the house, it usually means the presence of one or both of these small flies: FUNGUS GNATS. If the flies are small, black, and flying around windows or potted plants; then they are probably fungus gnats. They live in the soil of potted plants.
Updated: 21st November 2019