Gnat Gonna Live With It: Getting Rid of Indoor Gnats

Gnat Gonna Live With It: Getting Rid of Indoor Gnats

Gregory Han
Mar 25, 2008

Ugghh, in the last few weeks, we've had a steady and noticeable increase of small flying annoyances that coincided with our trips to the farmer's market and also the warmer weather. That means small gnats (likely fungus gnats due to their coloration) have made our apartment their home. Starting today, I'm taking steps to put these squatters out curbside...

The first thing to do is spray their preferred breeding grounds: potted plant soil. Using a mixture of one tablespoon of Ivory liquid hand soap with a gallon of water, I'll lightly spray the potted plants with this mixture. This will put an end to that habitat. Also, its important to look around for anything decaying or rotting; with this warmer weather, sometimes fruit ripens quickly and discarded apples and banana peels make for a good meal for the little buggers. So we'll have to keep more strict about keeping our office trash cleaner. We're not 100% sure, but we think they might be slipping through into the home via the window air conditioner vents, so we'll have to check those and keep them closed when not in use.

The last trick I've read numerous times is just leaving a mixture of apple cider vinegar with the soap water solution (or even beer, the lil' drunkards) in a trap similar to the one we posted about for wasp capturing.

Anyone else out there have some tips of their own?

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