Gnats are small flying insects that tend to accumulate around fruits. There are many varieties of gnats including fruit flies and even fungus.
They are a very common pest problem in many homes but luckily, it's not that hard to fix this.
But as with all pest control issues, the sooner you get started the easier it will be. Nonetheless, in this post, we will explore this issue further and give you some time on how to deal with it once and for all.
How Does a Gnat Infestation Start?
So, before you start thinking of how to get rid of gnats, the first thing would be to try to assess just where these pests come from.
Gnats will be attracted by food sources inside the house and as such, they will use whatever crevices or spaces available in the house to get in.
Even before they find their way to the house, gnats can also gather around trash outside the house. If there are some leftover fruits and food left outdoors, they will be the perfect attraction for these pests.
Part of dealing with gnats has to involve keeping food sources covered or altogether removed from sight.
How to Get Rid of Gnats
There are several ways to get rid of gnats in the house. Most of these measures are very simple and environmentally friendly as well for the average person to fully take advantage of.
Apple Cider Vinegar Traps
If you are not sure what kills gnats, then there is a simple solution. Simply drown them. You will, however, need to set a trap here.
The first thing is to prepare a solution of apple cider and vinegar. Two tablespoons of apple cider in a full cup of vinegar should do.
After that, add some dishwasher soap into the mix and some sugar. Stir the solution until everything is well mixed up.
Place the solution into the area where gnats are prevalent. The sugar and the apple cider in the solution serve to attract the gnats while the vinegar and soap drown them.
Install a Fruit Trap
You can also create a simple fruit trap to help deal with this. Simply put a piece of rotting fruit into a jar and wrap it with a perforated plastic bag or wrap.
The fruit will attract the gnats while the plastic bag traps them inside. They will eventually get stuck into the paper and die. Although this is not the most effective solution out there, it’s going to help.
Kill with Diluted Bleach
Bleach will kill gnats almost instantly. So, you can start by wiping off your surfaces with some diluted bleach.
Also, if you notice that some of these gnats are concentrated in certain areas of the house, you can go ahead and pour the diluted bleach all over them. This will kill them almost instantly.
Using bleach is, however, a very drastic measure and should be an option for people that have a large infestation.
Get in the Experts
If the DIY measures listed above do not work to deal with gnats in houseplants or anywhere else in the house, then you need expert help.
After all, pest control companies will typically have a better understanding of the issue and some of the steps that need to be taken to solve it. Also, these firms will have advanced tools and methods that can help you get rid of the gnat problem once and for all.
Although this will cost you some money in the end, it is by far one of the easiest and time-saving ways to handle a huge gnat infestation at home or place of business.
Gnats can be very annoying. They will not just turn you off but if not addressed in time, the issue can snowball into a full-blown infestation. The basic tips above should help you deal with the issue.
Contact a local pest control company to get rid of the infestation before it gets worse!