Despite their tiny size, what is not in doubt regarding gnats is that they can either bite or not bite. When dealing with the infestation of non-biting gnats in the house, controlling them will often be much different from the strategies you would have employed with regard to those that bite. For the most part, when talking about gnat infestation in the house, one would often refer to the following insects:
- Phorid flies
- Fruit flies
- Fungus gnats
Fortunately, several excellent ways through which to embark on gnat control in house are available as shown below, regardless of the exact species that you have to find a way of eradicating.
Using Gnat Traps
A homemade trap for eradicating gnats from the house is one of the surest ways through which to keep the home gnat-free. Filling a used can with some apple cider vinegar before sealing and leaving it unattended in the house not only attracts gnats, but also traps and kills them. It is easier for the gnats to enter the can, but impossible for them to leave. Once the jar/can is full, dispose of it and the contents only if you can no longer see any gnat flying around in the house.
Making a trap using soap and wine has also proven highly effective as a strategy for gnat control in house. All that you have to do is acquire a relatively smaller container. Pour red wine into the content until it is 75% full. Add one drop of dish soap before stirring gently. Afterwards, leave the container with its contents comprising wine and soap out. All gnats in the house will be attracted to the container, drown and die.
Professional insect sprays work very well in ensuring the success of your gnat control in house strategy. A visit to the local supermarkets as well as hardware stores will help you identify a few sprays that you can use successfully to eliminate the gnat infestation in your house. Feel free to spray the insecticide in the areas inhabited by the gnats. Alternatively, spray the insecticide on the gnats and watch their population reduce significantly.
However, do not invest in any insecticide without checking its harmful effects, or lack thereof, on pets and the little children. Some of the insecticides are too strong. After spraying the very strong insecticides, it would be wise to leave the room for some time until the effects wear off. Give the insecticides a few hours not only for the strength and smell to dissipate, but also for the gnats to die.
Using Vegetable Oil, Olive Oil and Ammonia
If the gnat infestation has taken place around the sinks and drains, identify the appropriate vegetable as well as olive oil and ammonia to spray in the affected areas. Pouring the vegetable or olive oil on the kitchen sink will not only attract the gnats, but also trap and drown them. Afterwards, the gnats will be incapable of mating, thus leading to their decimation. Gnats find it impossible to break free from the vegetable or olive oil.
A dose of ammonia is capable of killing gnats inside the drains. However, you need to exercise some level of caution with this approach. This is because ammonia is highly toxic to humans. For that reason, give the ammonia a few hours to wear off before reusing the sinks or drains. Alternatively, if the foul-smelling ammonia does not seem a great idea to you, apply some baking powder and vinegar on the affected parts of the sink or drains.
Finally, regardless of the strategy or method of gnat control in house that you use, long-term effectiveness and success is only possible when you invest in ensuring that re-infestation never takes place. Checking the plants and spraying them upon observing gnat infestation is one way of avoiding a re-infestation. Identifying the gnats’ food supply and getting rid of it/them also helps in stopping the re-infestation.
Covering the trashcans is also an effective way of ensuring that gnat re-infestation does not occur. Over-watering the plants at home creates the environment that gnats need to thrive and increase in population. Therefore, do the right amount of watering without overdoing it. Proper sealing of the doors and windows also helps stop the gnat re-infestation. Eradicating all forms of dampness from the house will help you with your preferred method of gnat control in house.