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How To Get Rid of Gnats In House

Wondering why your kitchen is suddenly filled with these tiny winged creatures? You might have left a half cut fruit on the kitchen counter or other such food item. A heads up, these are not flies or mosquitoes! They are called gnats and their presence in the house can be extremely annoying. Most people refer to every flying insect as gnats and that’s true. However, since there are several species of flying insects, gnats fall under a completely different category. They are dirty all the same and leave germs behind wherever they land. In the house, they can be a nuisance because they always swarm in groups. Let’s get to know them a little closer, since they are so small.

About Gnats

Gnats are small flying insects that have long legs. They are weak flyers and can be non-biting or biting. The common house gnat is the female black gnat that feeds on blood. Their long legs spread diseases and can carry parasites. Most people assume that these are baby gnats. However, gnats found in houses are all adults. The source of a gnat infestation is your garden. Often wet soil is the reason why gnats swarm into your house through windows. Since they are very weak, as compared to other flying insects, they can be killed easily. Following are some home remedies to get rid of gnats present in your house:

Remedies to Get Rid Of Gnats in Home

Kitchen and Bathroom

Since kitchen drain is the main source where most of the gnats come from, you need to tackle this area first. As we have established, gnats are attracted to food and the drain is the primary source for leftover food and dirt.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

This vinegar trap can be used everywhere but works best in the kitchen. In a jar, add two tablespoons of vinegar, one teaspoon of dish soap and one tablespoon water. Cover this with a thin layer of plastic wrap and secure it with the jar with a rubber band. Poke small holes into the jar with a toothpick and make one hole big enough for the gnat to pass through. Since, gnats are attracted to the smell of vinegar; they will fly into the jar and won’t be able to come out. The humidity in the kitchen will suffocate them and they will die.

  • Vegetable Oil

The consistency of oil makes the gnats immobile and stops them from breeding. Pour some vegetable oil in the sink and follow it with hot water. The oil will trap the gnats and a flush of hot water will wash them away.

  • Ammonia

Ammonia is not only toxic to humans, it is also toxic to insects. Pour around 300 ml of ammonia down the kitchen sink slowly. The chemicals in ammonia will destroy the gnats’ breathing tubes and they will die immediately. Take extreme precaution while doing this and wear, gloves, goggles and a surgical mask.

Dining Room

Since you can’t use such toxic and strong smelling remedies in your dining room, here’s a couple more for killing gnats in plain sight:

  • Banana Peel Trap

Since gnats love the smell of banana, you can use this trap in the dining room. Follow the same instructions as mentioned for creating the apple cider vinegar trap.

  • Red Wine

You can place this trap everywhere in your house as it does not create a bad smell. Mix some red wine (the cheap one) with one teaspoon of dish soap and pour it in a jar. Follow the same instructions for the apple cider vinegar trap. Here, the main ingredient is the soap, which drowns the gnats. As soon as they touch the mixture’s surface, they will get stuck and die.

Living Room

Any remedies used in the living room must be non-toxic, so that there are no lingering smells. Here are some home remedies in the form of sprays that you can use to kill gnats:

  • Vanilla Repellent

Though this is more of a repellent for a person, you can use it to keep gnats out of the house. Gnats hate the smell of vanilla, which makes it a great ingredient to apply on your body. Plus, you end up smelling really good so, it’s a win-win. In a small bottle, mix 10 ml of water and 10 ml of sugarless pure vanilla extract. Dip a cotton ball in this mixture and dab it on your body.

  • Lemon Oil

Lemon has several cleaning and repelling properties. It’s a common ingredient found in most of the household cleaning agents because it gives off a nice smell. You can use lemon oil as a diffuser or make a lemon spray from lemon juice and water.

  • Citronella Candles

Gnats hate the smell of citronella so, next time you are having dinner or watching TV, simply light some candles and enjoy your free time in peace.

  • Peppermint Oil

Add twelve drops of peppermint oil, one part dish soap and three parts water in a spray bottle. Peppermint is very active in killing gnats’ larvae, which helps you stop the infestation from spreading. Spray it in areas where you have seen the swarm of gnats.

Try these remedies order wise and you will be able to get rid of gnats easily. Since, gnats are attracted to dirt, do not leave any food items lying around, clean up crumbs immediately and make sure that your trash can has a lid.

Use Professional DIY Insecticide Products For Gnat Control

If home remedies aren’t your thing, you can still get rid of gnats using professional grade insecticides which we carry at Solutions Pest & Lawn. Some of the top products we recommend for indoor gnat control are Musca-Stik traps, Pyrid Aerosol, Reclaim IT Insecticide, or CB PCO Insect Fogger for fogging the home.


We hope you have enjoyed this informative guide to eliminating your indoor gnat problem. By implementing what we have outlined above, gnats will no longer be an issue for you going forward.

If you have any further questions or would like additional advice regarding gnats or any other type of pest control issue, we are always available to be reached via phone (1800-479-6583), email at askapro@solutionsstores.com or online live chat with a customer support member.


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