Gnats are basically household pests that are very difficult to get rid off. They cannot be simply shooed out of the house and multiply almost instantly! Sometimes, even insect sprays seem inadequate get rid of gnats. They basically look for warm and moist places inside the house where they can breed and also get food. This means, your indoor plants, garbage can, kitchen drainage pipes, are all potential breeding grounds for gnats. So if you see these small black insects flying around or settling itself in your coffee, you know where all to look for! Check out these home remedies for getting rid of gnats. If nothing works, call the professionals.
- The most popular home remedy is the vinegar bottle trap. Fill a bottle almost till the top with vinegar and close it. Poke several holes inside the cap and place it at a strategic corner or a place where you think the gnats are breeding. Gnats are attracted to the smell of vinegar; they will climb into the bottle through the holes but won’t be able to climb out. This method is very effective and you can place many such traps in the house.
- In a bowl, mix some vinegar with a little bit of dish soap. The vinegar will attract the gnats and they will climb into the bowl. The dish soap will cease friction and even if the gnats try to wriggle out, they will keep slipping inside.
- Look out for over-watered indoor plants, or other moist corners around the house. Disinfect them as they may have the eggs of gnats. Spray generous amounts of ‘Gnatrol’ or any such disinfectant / chemical agent that is meant exclusively for getting rid of gnats.
- Another way is to place a rotten fruit on a plate at the window sill or just outside the door. The gnats will get attracted by the smell of food and you can dispose them off in bulk by spraying a chemical agent.
Make sure your house does not have moist or damp corners, clean out the trash regularly and keep the carpets and the rugs in sunshine often to make sure there is no moisture in them to breed larvae. Place window screens to prevent gnats from entering inside. Always keep bug sprays at home to wipe them off as soon as you spot them. The more you delay, the more tough it will be for you get rid of them.