What are gnats? Gnats are small flying insects that love to buzz around your head, invade your kitchen and dining area, and infest apartments. This article will teach you how to get rid of gnats in the house so you can enjoy a gnat-free home!
What causes gnats in apartments?
Gnats may be found in the kitchen and dining area, but gnat infestation is not limited to these areas. Gnats are attracted to moisture, so they will take up residence in any damp or wet place. The gnat larvae feed on organic material such as rotting food scraps and dead plants. Although gnats do not bite or sting humans, they can carry food-borne illnesses like E coli and salmonella!
There are several factors that can contribute to a gnat infestation in your apartment. Gnats breed in moist environments, so places like the kitchen and bathroom are ideal breeding grounds. If you have a leaky faucet or water damage, this will also create an inviting environment for gnats. Dirty dishes left in the sink, over-watered plants, and garbage with food scraps all attract gnats.
If you’re having a gnat problem, the first step is to identify what is attracting them to your home. Once you know what’s drawing the gnats in, you can take steps to correct it.
How to Get Rid of Gnats in Kitchens and Bedrooms
There are several ways to get rid of gnats. This includes gnat traps, gnat zappers, and gnat sprays. You can also choose an all-natural method like using cucumbers or vinegar!
- Gnat traps
There are many recipes for gnat traps, but all of them have the same basic ingredients. A gnat trap will need some kind of liquid, a sweetener, and something to act as bait. The most common liquids used in gnat traps are apple cider vinegar or fruit juice. You can use honey, sugar, or molasses as the sweetener. And the bait can be anything from rotting fruit to beer yeast!
To make a gnat trap, you’ll need a jar or container with a lid, apple cider vinegar or fruit juice, honey or sugar, and bait (rotting fruit, beer yeast). Pour the apple cider vinegar or fruit juice into the jar. Add the honey or sugar and stir until it is dissolved. Add the bait and put the lid on the jar.
The gnats will be drawn to the sweet liquid, but they won’t be able to escape from the jar. The traps can be left out overnight or for several days until all of the gnats are gone.
If you’re using an all-natural method like vinegar or cucumbers, you’ll need to replace the trap every few days as the gnats will eventually become immune to it.
- Gnat zappers
There are also electronic gnat zappers that kill gnats with a high voltage electric shock.
- Gnat sprays
Gnat sprays containing pyrethrins or permethrin can also be used to get rid of gnats. Make sure read the label carefully before using any pesticides!
Once you’ve identified and corrected the factors that are attracting gnats to your home, you can use one of these methods to get rid of them for good!
How to Get Rid of Gnats in the Bathroom or Toilet
Since gnats like moist environments, they can often be found in the bathroom or toilet area. You may see gnats flying around your sink and faucets if there is a leaky pipe under it. The gnat larvae grow best in dirty, standing water so try to eliminate anything that could potentially hold water.
Dehumidify the Bathroom
This isn’t as simple for houses or apartments with windowless bathrooms, but getting rid of the extra moisture in the bathroom is critical. This also applies to other areas of the house that have access to water. Gnats are attracted to moisture because it’s one of the few things they can eat.
How to Get Rid of Gnats in Appartment: Other Tips
Protect all the windows
Protect all windows in your apartment with mosquito nets to keep gnats out. If gnats are entering your apartment through the windows, you’ll need to protect them with nets or screens. Make sure to check all of your doors and any other openings as well! This will help prevent gnats from getting inside once they’ve been eliminated from outside.
Apply Mosquito Bits to the Soil of Potted Plants
If gnats are breeding in the soil of potted plants, you can use Bti or Mosquito Bits to kill them. These granules are made from an organic insecticide but they only affect gnat larvae so there is no need to worry about killing beneficial insects. Just spread a thin layer on top of the soil and wait for it to work its magic!
No matter how much gnat spray you have used in your home, if their eggs remain then they will just breed again after a few generations. The best way to get rid of gnats for good is through prevention rather than treatment.
To get rid of gnat infestation in apartments is not easy but it’s definitely possible if you know what attracts these pests and how they reproduce. Once you understand this information, taking steps like those above can be extremely helpful for eliminating gnats from the home permanently!
I’m Maddy Rigby and I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney. I obtained my PhD in Insect Ecology from the University of Calgary in Canada with a focus on insect behavior.