9 Ways How to Get Rid of Gnats: Tips and Trick to Keep Gnats Away from Your House

Apr 16, 2021 04:30 PM

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Tripboba.com - Gnats is the common name of small flying insects. There are several kinds of insects that are considered gnats, including fungus gnats, buffalo gnats, sand flies, horse flies, drain flies, and fruit flies. Gnats have some characteristic that can be recognized, they are black or gray in color, it has long legs and long antennae.

Gnats feed on plants and other insects, however, there are some chances that it stings humans too. In rare cases, gnats’ sting can cause allergy and transfer pathogens from contaminated food or rotten plants.

Gnats oftentimes can be annoying. So, in this article, Tripboba will share several ways on how to get rid of gnats. Keep reading and find out how to get rid of gnats in plants, as well as from inside and outside your house!

How to Get Rid of Gnats in House

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Removing gnats inside your house can be done with some home remedies. There are also products that you can use to kill them. And here’s how to get rid of gnats inside your house.

1. Use Home Remedies

Combine one liter of water with two tablespoons of vinegar. After that, add one tablespoon of sugar and dish soap to the mixture and mix well. This mixture will lure the gnats and makes it easier to kill them. You can also put the mixture in a spray bottle and spray it directly to the gnats.

2. Use Fly Paper

You can buy some flypaper and put them in the areas inside your house there are many gnats. There’s also another option, which is window flypaper that can cover an entire window and trap gnats easily.

3. Use Chemical Bug Spray

Another way on how to get rid of gnats inside the house is chemical bug spray. But you have to make sure to follow the direction on the packaging and keep it away from children’s reach.

How to Get Rid of Gnats Outside

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Gnats can also be found easily outside, especially in the area where there are many living plants, decaying plants, and spots with high moisture and humidity. To get rids of gnats outside, there are several steps that you can do.

Step 1. Get rid of decaying plants, such as dead plants,  fallen leaves, and grass clippings. Also, make sure to close your compost pile and let your garden beds dried out.

Step 2. Make a vinegar trap by mixing apple cider vinegar, liquid dish soap, and water in several containers. Put the containers in the area where there are gnats traffic. You can also use citronella oils to repel gnats.

Step 3. To prevent gnats from infesting your plant, you can mix a water neem oil and castile soap in a bucket. Pour some of the mixtures into a spray bottle and pour the rest to the base of the plant to kill the gnats larvae and eggs. Spray the leaves of the plant to prevent gnats from damaging the plant further.

How to Get Rid of Fungus Gnats

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Fungus gnats are a type of gnats that can be found in areas with high moisture and organic material. Just like other gnats, fungus gnats can damage plants and their sound can get very annoying. And here are the things that you can do on how to get rid of gnats, particularly fungus gnats.

Step 1. Dry out the soil of your plants before watering it to prevent the gnats from laying their eggs.

Step 2. Make a mixture of water and liquid Castille soap and spray them on the soil of your plants to kill the eggs that lay in the soil.

Step 3. Cover the soil of your plants with gravel or small rocks so that the gnats will not lay their eggs. You can also use decorative aquamarine rocks to cover the top part of the soil.

Step 4. If you don’t have liquid Castille oil, you can mix 3% hydrogen peroxide with four parts of water. Then, water your soil with the mixture. This will also prevent the gnats from laying their eggs, as well as killing the eggs that are on the soil.

So, those are several tricks that you can do to get rid of gnats. Although gnats are mostly harmless, it’s considered a pest. They can be very annoying and damaging to your lovely plants.

How to Get Rid of Gnats in the House

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Have you ever heard that your favorite vanilla also can be useful on how to get rid of gnats in the house?

Let us tell you how to prepare the vanilla gnat repellent by the instructions below, but before that, you need to prepare 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons vanilla extract or, you may also use 5-10 vanilla essential oil, several drops of liquid dish soap and a spray bottle. Here are the steps.

Step 1. Firstly, you need to fill the bottle spray with water, liquid dish soap, and vanilla extract. Then, place the bottle lid and shake it to make it well combined. 

Step 2. Once you have done mixing the homemade gnat repellent, spray it in the areas of your home where you find out the biggest colony of the gnats. 

Step 3. Do not forget to spray them in the area that becomes infested with gnats to knocked them down completely.

There is a reason why the vanilla is known to kill the gnat effectively, it is because the scent of vanilla repels gnats and any other fruit flies. Besides, you can easily purchase a bottle of vanilla extract or vanilla essential oil from your favorite offline and online store so you can make your own insect repellent.

How to Get Rid of Gnats Inside the House

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Well-known has tons benefits on our inside and outside body, essential oil also among the list of the home remedies on how to get rid of gnats.

The essential oil which is concentrated essences of plants obtained through a distillation process of the plants is good to be a gnats repellent that you can make yourself.

There are seven essential oils which good for repelling gnats such as tea tree, rosemary, lemongrass, citronella, eucalyptus, cedarwood, and peppermint. Here are the steps on how to make it.

Step 1. To make an essential oil gnat spray repellent, you need to prepare a cup of distilled water, a cup of vinegar, 15 drops of eucalyptus oil, 10 drops of rosemary oil, and 7 drops of peppermint oil. 

Step 2. Place all of the ingredients in a spray bottle and place the bottle lid tightly. Then, shake the bottle gently to mixed all of the ingredients. 

Step 3. Once the gnat repellent is well-mixed and inseparable, spray it directly on any gnats that you find flying around your home. Hopefully, it works!

How to Get Rid of Gnats In Your House

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Last but not least on how to get rid of gnats in your house is by using baking soda and vinegar. We are strongly recommended for you to use this mixture if you have any problem with drain flies.

It won’t make a hole in your pocket since you only need to prepare baking soda and vinegar and it will kill any gnats in your kitchen sink and garbage disposal in no time. Here is how to make it.

Step 1. Firstly, you need to add about five tablespoons of baking soda to the sink drain, then pour in a cup of vinegar and let it sit for about 20 minutes.

Step 2. The baking soda and the vinegar will react and create a gentle fizz that dissolves the built-up decaying organic material in your pipes and dissolve any clogs in 20 minutes.

Step 3. Once 20 minutes is done, pour hot water down the drain to flush away the suspended dirt and dead gnats. Good luck!

We hope this article can help you to have a gnat-free environment!

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