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Gnats are among the most persistent and pestering pests that can infest your home. These flying pests are in fact a species of fly but because of their small size and behaviors unique to them, they are usually identified differently by people.  If you are looking for a solution to get rid of them, then read on! This detailed guide will tell you how to get rid of gnats in no time!

Gnat Biology and Behaviors

Gnats are the name given to a vast family of flies that consists many different species. Gnats can include biting and non-biting types. Gnats are basically a loose term for this type of insect since scientifically there is no solid agreement on what constitutes a gnat.

For gnats that do bite, their behavior is similar to that of mosquitoes. Female gnats require a blood meal so they can be able to lay eggs. Once she gets her fix of blood and mates, the female gnat will start to deposit hundreds of eggs prior to her death. Female gnats often look for damp areas with lost of moisture to lay her eggs.

Some common locations where these eggs are laid vary by region. For instance, gnats may lay eggs in salt marshes and streams; eggs can also be found on animal feces or rain ditches. Around a residential area, gnats may lay eggs in flower pots that have been flooded with rain water, rain barrels, old tires and buckets all can accumulate water to provide the needed moisture for gnats to successfully grow and thrive. Once gnat eggs hatch, larva will feed for 2-3 weeks and then undergo metamorphosis in a cocoon like stage called pupa. Once they fully mature, they will hatch out as adults with male gnats immediately going on the hunt for a female to mate with.

The pestering Gnats — The Habitat

Gnats are usually found in humid, damp and moistened environment. However, because they are sized so small and have a knack for rapidly reproducing in multiple types of situations, gnats have the versatility to survive and thrive in virtually any type of environment, despite their preferences.

Gnats are small legged winged insects that usually feed on plants and, other insects or blood. There are many kinds and species of Gnats, including Fungus Gnats, Black Gnats and Fruit Flies. The black Gnats also known as Phorid flies are Dark winged gnats and are considered to be the most dangerous ones as they usually are the gnats’ who consume the blood of living beings as their meal.

Caution and Prevention of Gnats

Their tiny size might make them look harmless, but these tiny little insects can wreak havoc in a split second. They tend to carry parasites and spread diseases to living beings, like human beings cattle, etc., which makes a gnat infestation a big hazard.  

The adult stage of gnats are when they are the most irritating and disturbing to people who encounter them. There are types of gnats known as eye gnats which regularly land on or around ones eye and nose because they are attracted to the fluids secreted by our eyes; black flies or buffalo gnats will land anywhere they can find skin on which to suck blood. Fungus gnats are always looking for decaying matter and for that reason, tend to swarm around garbage cans or even around our noses.

Regardless of what type of gnat you have that are pestering you, they can mount attacks in swarms. And though they aren’t the most skilled of flyers, gnats can still be difficult to kill. Gnat infestations are usually difficult to detect, the easy way is to spot them while they are flying.

If such pests are not controlled in time it can be a cause an epidemic of widespread diseases in your house. In order to avoid such insects’ is to avoid watering the plants unnecessarily, since the Fungus gnats get attracted to moist soil and wet plants.  Secondly, the fruits should be placed in the fridge, as the fruit flies and Fungus Gnats tend to stay and spoil the crops and fruits. Pesticides could be applied to the plants and an old-fashioned fly swatter could come in handy.

The Swarming Gnats

There are other species of Gnats which move in swarms and can be harmful. The truth of the matter is that the rapid spread that turns into an infestation is often something we are responsible for. Such pests usually looks for damp and humid places. Many areas are ignored and usually are flooded with stagnant water. Moreover, many home owners lack awareness of how these insects need to be contained and what would be the right approach in exterminating them.

In addition, the professional pest control exterminators can be expensive and many may have difficulty affording them. That is why we here at Solutions Pest & Lawn promote DIY pest control and provide the knowledge of common household pests as well as provide the best professional pest control products to get rid of gnats and other pesky insects.

The reported sightings

Many reports are being claimed on news channels where swarms of gnats have appeared, including places like Delaware, Connecticut, and Philadelphia. Usually, they harbor not just in humid damp places but also in places with stagnant water and decaying garbage.  Here are some home remedies you can use to get rid of the gnats.  

Home remedies

There are home remedies as well that have been tried out by many to get rid of these tiny creatures.


  • One of them involves mixing cider vinegar, sugar, water and few drops of dish wash soaps. The gnats get attracted to the odor of vinegar and instantly fall prey to the death trap.  

Red wine

  • Pour red wine into the jar and mash up some bananas to attract the fruit flies and gnats. Again, the gnats fall for the trick scent of red wine with hint of dish water and yet again get trapped.


  • Pour bleach in the sink to remove the infestation. Usually, when gnats are infesting the drainage area the bleach should be mixed with some water before being poured into the sink drain. Make sure not mix ammonia with bleach as it can produce toxic fumes.


  • Pour some fruit fly lure solution into a bowl and as soon as the gnats get attracted to its scent, they end up getting caught.

If these home remedies are not your style or don’t work, you can rely on the products we sell here at Solutions Pest & Lawn to give you the relief you seek from the presence of gnats. We have all you need when it comes to products and knowledge on how to get rid of gnats.

The Best Indoor Gnat Control Option

Indoor gnats are sort of in the same category as fruit flies as they are more attracted to decaying matter. So the first thing you want to do is get rid of the harborages. Check your house plants to see if they are there and address the soil or organic matter issue and clean it up. A thorough sanitation of your home can be a good way to get rid of them naturally. However if they are still around then you will have to use a professional spray product for gnat control.

To kill gnats that have made their way inside your home or in your enclosed patio or deck, we recommend using Pyrid Aerosol to quickly control their presence and knock them down before the infestation gets worse. Pyrid Aerosol will kill gnats instantly and leaves a residual that will keep on killing long after the initial spraying.

To treat the average room, spray Pyrid Aerosol into the air for 5-8 seconds. People can come into treated rooms within 5 minutes without worrying about any hazards after it has been applied. This is because it is made with pyrethrioids which mimics the natural pyretrhins extracted from the chrysanthemum plant. There may be a slight odor left behind but it is not overpowering or too unpleasant compared to other aerosol chemicals.

The Best Outdoor Gnat Control Option

If you have a smaller yard, we recommend using Cyonara Lawn & Garden RTU to kill intruding gnats on your outdoor property. This ready to use spray concentrate comes with its own hose end sprayer attachment. All you have to do is simply hook it up to a garden hose and it’s ready. Cyonara can be safely applied on vegetable gardens, flower beds and similar areas and can eliminate a broad range of insects and is odorless. If you don’t mind dragging the garden hose through the yard, Cyonara should provide 1-2 weeks of gnat control and is easy to apply.

Each container of Cyonara RTU can treat up to 16,000 sq/ft so we believe for a average sized yard approximately 1/3 of the container could treat 5,000 sq/ft lawn. This means one container will be sufficient enough to deliver 3 treatments of a yard this size. To totally eliminate a gnat infestation outdoors on your lawn we suggest applying the product once a week until you do not see anymore traces of gnats. After things are under control, treat every two weeks to ensure they don’t make a comeback.

How to Safeguard against the Gnats

Here are some simple ways you can safeguard yourself against gnats:

  • Electric fly exploders electrocute individual gnats but this has been known to be a fire hazard indoors.
  • Another caution that could be taken is to observe and inspect plants. Gnats may be hanging around your plants and using it as a place to breed. If you find gnats around your plants, we recommend applying a product such as Cyonara Lawn and Garden RTU to kill the gnats while not damaging your plant life.

  • Make sure the whole house and nearby areas are investigated to find any signs of infestation and locate the origin of the breeding source to eradicate the problem from its roots.

  • Using pesticides such as an aerosol space spray like CB-PCO Insect Fogger   can work excellently to control indoor gnats and leave a great residual that will keep on killing gnats long after the initial application.  

  • To protect against biting gnats, we recommend using a lotion or spray for your skin containing the repellent DEET.

  • JT Eaton Kills Bed Bug Plus Spray Aerosol is a great product you can use on your clothing to protect against gnat bites. This product is repellent to most insects and is a great help at keeping ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes, gnats and most any biting insect away. Its odorless and designed for use on hats, shirts, shorts, pants and shoes. Spray garments once a day to insure long lasting protection.

Catch a Gnat and put it in a trap!

  • Unfortunately, all home remedies may not be effective. In such cases an LED light device attracts fruit flies and gnats and kills them. Electrical insect traps such as the  Mantis Flylight 1x2   or the Vector Classic Flylight  emit ultraviolet light which attracts the gnats towards them and eventually getting the bugs stuck on the sticky surface of a glue board found inside.

  • Foggers might help too as we mention before,  CB PCO Insect Fogger  is one of our biggest recommendations for gnat control.

  • Gnat traps, the most recommended one is a Musca-stik . They trap the unsuspecting gnats the moment they emerge from the soil.

Preventing Gnats From Returning

  • Of course avoiding using poor quality soil and keep changing the soil.  

  • Keeping dirty dishes in the sink.  

  • Keeping trash cans closed.

  • Keeping areas clean and dry.


If gnats are becoming an unwanted plague in your home, keep your house clean, dry and clutter free. By taking the necessary precautions and using the products we mentioned above, you are sure to get rid of the gnats and avoid having a major case of gnat infestations at home.  

If you would like more help in controlling your gnat problem or want more recommendations for getting rid of gnats, don’t hesitate to call us at 800=479-6583, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or live chat with us online. We’ll be happy to help!


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