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How to Get Rid of Outdoor Gnats 


If only putting up signs was the only thing you needed to do to get rid of annoying insects such as mosquitoes, wasps, bees and flies, life would have been so much simpler. However it doesn’t have to be so complicated either. To get rid of any insect or animal infestation you first need to equip yourself with the right knowledge and tools for that specific pest. After that, it is just a matter of hours that you can have an insect free home.

Gnats are similar to flies, but way smaller. You might have seen a gnat and thought it was a baby fly. Flies have a life cycle of one day and you would barely ever see a baby fly. Gnats are of that size and also share the same one day life cycle such as flies. They also share other similar characteristics with flies such as being attracted to garbage, decay and unhygienic conditions. But unlike flies, gnats are weak fliers. They are also very annoying to have inside your home or on the outdoors.

Do they bite?

Depending on the species of gnats, they can be biting or non-biting type. The latter will feed on plants whereas the prior will suck the blood of other insects. Gnats have carry parasites and spread diseases to humans and livestock alike.

Here are eight techniques you can implement to get rid of gnats:

Cleanliness there cannot be enough emphasis laid on the fact that a clean surrounding is the best way to deter insects from coming over to stay. Clean your kitchen counters with lime water to remove grease and other stains, plus get that lemony citrus smell that drives away gnats and other insects. After washing the counters and dishes, always use a dry towel or cloth to wipe everything down. Placing wet plates and glasses in the cupboard creates a moist atmosphere that attracts bugs.

Using insecticides bring the house down with aerosols and insecticide sprays. This is the fastest, most effective way to get rid of gnats both inside the house and outside. Chemicals in insecticides can be harmful to humans and pets so be careful not to come in contact with the skin or accidentally inhaled. They also leave a layer of residue which must be wiped clean after spraying.

Using bug zappers these traps emit ultraviolet lights meant to attract insects. The moment the bug comes in contact with the rod, it dies. Be sure to regularly clean bug zappers and replace them. Bug zappers are an effective method of getting rid of gnats and other bugs with minimal effort.

Using vanilla repellents - Gnats hate the smell of vanilla. Apply vanilla repellent on your body to protect yourself from being attacked by gnats. To make the repellent, you need to buy pure, sugarless vanilla extract from the market. Mix 10 ml of vanilla extract with 10 ml of water. Once the mixture is completely mixed in to a homogenous solution, you can apply it with cotton or directly by hand. Do not apply vanilla if you are allergic to it.

Using diluted rubbing alcohol spray - Gnats quickly die when they come in contact with diluted rubbing alcohol. Pour some diluted rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and spray whenever you see a gnat. This is an alternative to store bought insecticides. Always keep a bottle of insect killer at a designated spot in the house so it is quickly accessible when the need arises.

Using ammonia to kill gnats in drains Gnats in your kitchen sink drain can be killed with ammonia solutions. Pour around 200 – 230 ml of ammonia down your drain. This will damage the breathing tubes of the larvae and kill the adult ones. It will also kill the eggs and remove grease stains in the pipes. You will be rid of the gnats and have a proper functioning plumbing as well. Warning though, ammonia is toxic to humans. Ensure that you leave the ammonia to dilute for several hours before using the sink again. Bleach can also be used instead of ammonia however it is less effective.

Using insect foggers are most suitable when you are dealing with an acute gnat infestation. The smoke enters the cracks in the walls and other hiding places, reducing the gnat population. It can also reach hidden of gnat breeding places that you are unaware of. It is effective against gnats, mosquitoes, flies and moths.

Using a vacuum Many people do not consider this as a solution but they should. Vacuums can be highly effective to get rid of flies and gnats. With a swish motion of the vacuum, there is no escaping the suction. All the insects can be captured inside dust bags, sealed and discarded away from your home. It has to be at least 30ft away from your home to prevent them from returning. Or you could just set the bag on fire to create smoke to drive away other pests. However some state regulations might not allow for the burning of plastic bags and trash.

Eliminate Gnats With Solutions Pest & Lawn Products

At Solutions Pest & Lawn, we carry among the best products available on the market to deal with a gnat issue. 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. 

You can also set up a set up a trap such as the Musca-Stik to capture gnats. You can also use electrical insect traps such as the Mantis Flylight 1x2 or the Vector Classic Flylight which work great to catch and eliminate gnats.

Final word

Insects infestations tend to grow in the summers and reduce in the winter. Most insects and pests hibernate in the cold season. Some colonial species die off in the fall and are only preceded by their queen. As the warmer seasons draw closer, it is always better to be prepared in advance.

For more helpful, DIY advice call us at 800-479-6583, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or visit one of our stores and speak to us in person!


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