Gnats are small flying insects attracted to fruits, decaying plants and standing water. Also known as fruit flies, gnats can lay hundreds of eggs at once and quickly multiply and invade your kitchen. Read on to find out how to get rid of gnats that live in your kitchen.
How To Get Rid of Gnats In House:
Remove sources of water and food:
Look around your kitchen to find food that you might have forgotten. Look for fruits and vegetables that you left lying around. Put them in the refrigerator while you battle against these tiny nuisances.
Gnats, also commonly known as midges, love to feast on spoiled fruit or decaying food. It is always better to place these kinds of products in the refrigerator, even if it is not necessary to keep them cool.
Dry products should always be stored in sealed containers and placed in closets.
Discard the water that you left lying around, for example, drinking water left in the glasses, the water in the bowl of the animals and the water in the pot plants.
This standing water is a perfect breeding ground for gnats, and they can lay hundreds of eggs daily in there.
Move the water bowls for your pets in a room where there is no food. Ask members of your family not to leave glasses of water that still have unused water in them.
As you must have read above, there is a lot of focus on water, and with good reason. Water provides the perfect breeding environment for these creatures and getting rid of unused and standing water solves half the trouble.
To get rid of Gnats, read on for more precautions:
Take out the garbage. Midges find their food and their spawning grounds in the middle of decomposing garbage. Take the bin bags out regularly and store them in a trash can with a lid.
Look out for your plants that are rotting. Gnats love to settle near flowers and decaying plants that create moisture. Inspect the roots of your indoor plants to make sure they are not rotting; take them out if necessary.
Be careful never to overwater your plants. The excess water in the pot bottom may harbour midges, but also cause the decay and death of your plants.
Use only pots have drainage holes in the bottom. You can put pebbles in the bottom of the pot to allow better water drainage.
Below are some home remedies to get rid of Gnats if they have invaded your house or kitchen:
- Pour a cup of ammonia in your garbage and sink. Leave it for an hour before rinsing. Ammonia terminates the midges that are trying to settle.
- Fill a small bowl with apple cider vinegar. Add a few drops of dishwashing liquid and stir the mixture. Place this bowl of the solution somewhere in your kitchen. The smell of vinegar will attract gnats who will find themselves trapped in the viscous soap.
Get rid of the dead midges by pouring the contents of the bowl in the sink. Replace the vinegar mixture and soap every morning. Place this gnats trap in all the rooms where you have food or a gnat issues.
Although many pesticides are available at DIY store, always prefer natural methods. For example do not leave food out in the open, cleaning your kitchen, not letting water stand anywhere.
You can solve most problems related to gnats in one week after depriving them of their food sources and their spawning grounds.
If however you still want to use an insecticide, do not do it while you’re still in your kitchen. Carefully follow the instructions for use included with your insecticide to avoid future health problems.