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How do you get rid of gnats?!!!

post #1 of 24
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They are driving me crazy! I can't seem to get them out of here! I rinse all my dishes and don't have food out ANYWHERE!! We've been cooking out on the grill for the past few days because we just can't stand to be in the kitchen. (we have fly sticky things up already)

PLEASE HELP ME!!!
post #2 of 24
I'd like to know also. I don't have a lot of gnats but I kept seeing them here and there. They seem to be attracted to Popsies wet food. I agree, they're annoying.
post #3 of 24
Take a small juice glass fill it about 1/2 way with Apple Cider Vinegar, mix in 1 teaspoon of sugar. Add 2 drops of dishwashing liquid, mix well but don't shake. You don't want to make suds.

The soap acts as a surface breaker so the flies can't stand on the water. Instead they land to drink and get stuck and sink.

Just leave the glass uncovered on your kitchen counter. Empty into the toilet and replace the liquid every couple of days as needed.
post #4 of 24
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
Take a small juice glass fill it about 1/2 way with Apple Cider Vinegar, mix in 1 teaspoon of sugar. Add 2 drops of dishwashing liquid, mix well but don't shake. You don't want to make suds.

The soap acts as a surface breaker so the flies can't stand on the water. Instead they land to drink and get stuck and sink.

Just leave the glass uncovered on your kitchen counter. Empty into the toilet and replace the liquid every couple of days as needed.
Thank you! That sounds like it just might work!!!
post #5 of 24
It does work. I use that remedy all of the time with great success.
post #6 of 24
Death to all the gnats. I'm going to try that too.
post #7 of 24
I use a variation on the above method - I usually just use a bottle of wine cooler or something with just an inch or so of alcohol left in it. They crawl in and can't get back out and drown.

They might be making a home in your kitchen drain - I've used bleach down the drain before to get rid of them if they're living down there.
post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
Take a small juice glass fill it about 1/2 way with Apple Cider Vinegar, mix in 1 teaspoon of sugar. Add 2 drops of dishwashing liquid, mix well but don't shake. You don't want to make suds.

The soap acts as a surface breaker so the flies can't stand on the water. Instead they land to drink and get stuck and sink.

Just leave the glass uncovered on your kitchen counter. Empty into the toilet and replace the liquid every couple of days as needed.
Thanks for that! i'm going to try it. I can't keep them away! they definitely come in due to the cat food. But they're attracted to the dry food too which is always full.
post #9 of 24
There are a couple of different types of gnats that invade like this. The most common is the Fungus gnat which thrives in moist, dark conditions on decomposing materials.
They are attracted to moisture, light, the hue yellow, decomposition of vegetation, as well as sweet smell. With sticky trap treatment place double sided sticky panels low to the ground or at same level as plants mulched and moist. A mixture of soapy, rubbing alcohol spray will kill them as well. 1 tablespoon Ivory dish washing soap, 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol to 1/2 gallon water and spray infected areas. Also a bait of soapy fruit water or soapy beer in a large container with a small mouth will attract and trap them.
post #10 of 24
Many years ago, pre-kitties, I used to have houseplants and indoor herbs... and all it took was one gnat slipping into the house (well, actually two, I guess ) and taking up residence in my basil to create an infestation. I tried everything, including the vinegar trick, soapy water on the soil surface, letting the pots sit submerged in soapy water for a day, a food-safe pesticide made from chrysanthemums... nothing worked. I finally had to give up and put all my plants out to live on the balcony.

Even then, a dwindling population of the dratted gnats found ways to linger until my furnace broke down for a few days while it was below freezing. By the time I got it fixed, they'd finally been frozen out!

To keep them from coming back, make sure you put all incoming produce into the refrigerator immediately, in case there are gnat eggs on your nanners.
post #11 of 24
Great ideas, folks! Hope this works!!! Gnats are a pain to deal with. Good riddance if you ask me.
post #12 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
Take a small juice glass fill it about 1/2 way with Apple Cider Vinegar, mix in 1 teaspoon of sugar. Add 2 drops of dishwashing liquid, mix well but don't shake. You don't want to make suds.

The soap acts as a surface breaker so the flies can't stand on the water. Instead they land to drink and get stuck and sink.

Just leave the glass uncovered on your kitchen counter. Empty into the toilet and replace the liquid every couple of days as needed.
I've done this before, but without the sugar. I set up a few containers around the house and it really does cut back on the population.
post #13 of 24
I buy these hangy thingies from Abell pest control called Vapona. They kill all flying bugs in the house, but they don't harm us or the kitties.

All the flying insects will be dead in hours. They don't come back either. This stuff is AWESOME and gauranteed.
post #14 of 24
I agree they may be breeding in your houseplants if you have any. I had to repot all my plants once to get rid of them, washing the roots and leaves thoroughly and using an insecticide in the soil.
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by Sandtigress View Post
I use a variation on the above method - I usually just use a bottle of wine cooler or something with just an inch or so of alcohol left in it. They crawl in and can't get back out and drown.

They might be making a home in your kitchen drain - I've used bleach down the drain before to get rid of them if they're living down there.
I'll have to get some bleach down that drain! They could be in there! Because the sink area is where they mostly hang out!

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Originally Posted by jennyranson View Post
I agree they may be breeding in your houseplants if you have any. I had to repot all my plants once to get rid of them, washing the roots and leaves thoroughly and using an insecticide in the soil.
I only have one house plant and it's a purple passion. How do you know if the gnat are on it? It's in another room and I don't have a problem with the gnats in there.
post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by Sandtigress View Post
I use a variation on the above method - I usually just use a bottle of wine cooler or something with just an inch or so of alcohol left in it. They crawl in and can't get back out and drown.

They might be making a home in your kitchen drain - I've used bleach down the drain before to get rid of them if they're living down there.
Maybe mine are coming from my garbage disposal. I usually rinse any uneated cat food down it.
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by neetanddave View Post
Great ideas, folks! Hope this works!!! Gnats are a pain to deal with. Good riddance if you ask me.
I hate them too... they are so annoying - we had them at our last apartment, I'm glad I don't have to deal with them anymore!
post #18 of 24
Well, that takes care of the indoor gnats, but what about the outside gnats? I live in a part of the country that's infested with buffalo gnats (called that because they're larger than the fungus gnats). They usually affect livestock, especially chickens--completely covering the bird until it actually dies. They are absolutely horrid, we can't sit outside for more than a few minutes without being driven slightly insane by the little buggers. They fly into your eyes and your nose and make you miserable. Mosquito repellents don't work on them, citronella candles don't deter them.
I don't know if any other parts of the country have the same problem, but I'd love a solution. I can't even garden or bar-b-q anymore!
post #19 of 24
couldn't you do something similar outside?
post #20 of 24
Were they coming out of the drains?
post #21 of 24
There was actually an article in our local paper the other night about buffalo gnats aka biting flies. Apparently the weather and river conditions are perfect for them right now; they lay their eggs in running water (strange) and once the water temp gets to be 80* the larvae don't hatch. With the flooding going on here we've got lots of running water, and the temp is cool enough that we've got a bumper crop of buffalo gnats this year. Some folks say to use Avon's Skin-So-Soft as a deterrent, other people use vanilla extract, but scientists say neither of these really work that well. A good stiff breeze will keep the little buggers at bay, but that's not happening either.
I guess they'll go away eventually, but they are so annoying!
post #22 of 24
How is the gnat problem?

I tend to only take my garbage out once or twice a week because our trash bins are at the back of the building and a bit inconvenient for me. In the winter taking it out once or twice a week works out well, but in the summer because of the heat if I don't want fruit flies or odour I have to take it out daily. However, I do a work around. I have a deep freezer that is currently not very full, so I've been keeping a black trash back in there and at the end of the day adding my days trash to the bag and it freezes. I take it out every 2 or 3 days. Doing this I don't have any odour or fruit flies.

Those things can breed in drains as well as damp mops, and standing water and the litter box. So if I haven't used my dishwasher, I pour boiling water down my drains once a week, and my mop is rinshed with javex after use and stoop upside down to dry. Frequent scooping of the litter box helps too.
post #23 of 24
I'm pretty sure mine were coming from the garbage disposal. I took the rubber drain piece out and the bottom of it was caked with nasty stuff. Plus it was all over the sides of the disposal. I clean everything really good with disinfectant and I haven't seen any more gnats. I've caught quite a few with the apple vinger concoction.
post #24 of 24
We have them coming in from outside. And they keep getting into the cats' fountain. We haven't been able to spend time outside, despite having a back yard and pation because of how bad they are. There are clouds of them everywhere.
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