How to Get Rid of Gnats

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How to Get Rid of Gnats


The silent “g” in the pronunciation of “gnat” is interesting. Besides that, these tiny two-winged flies can really be a nuisance to people. Swarms of gnats buzz around our faces. Then they zoom into our ears, eyes, and noses. If they’re hungry, gnats will also nibble on you. Is there anything we can do to rid our local environment of these pesky little critters? Fortunately, there is.

Required Materials

  • Ammonia
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Dish detergent
  • Flying insect spray
  • Insecticidal soap spray
  • Jar
  • Vinegar


The Problem. Gnats are particularly annoying because they fly in swarms. A gnat’s lifespan is only about four months long. During most of this time, they lay about 200-300 eggs. While the scent of rotten food is repugnant to humans, it is like a bed of roses to gnats. This is where they prefer to dine and lay their eggs. It also explains why gnats tend to swarm around sink drains and garbage cans. In addition, gnats like to congregate around plants that have been over watered.

An Ounce of Prevention. The most effective way to get rid of gnats is to keep them at bay. You should constantly wash any dirty dishes in your kitchen sink, keep sinks tidy, and secure garbage cans with lids. Furthermore, when watering plants, make sure that you don’t overdo it.

Home Remedies. Home remedies typically involve objectives such as treating the common cold or getting out nasty carpet stains. However, some home remedies also seem to work against gnats. Try blending baking soda and apple cider vinegar. However, this mixture can create foam, so mix it slowly. Next, try adding a tablespoon of dish detergent to half a cup of vinegar. This mixture will attract gnats. After drinking the deadly concoction, they will fly up to gnat heaven. Finally, pouring a cup of ammonia down the kitchen sink can also persuade the little miscreants to find a new home.

The Hunter and the Hunted. To eliminate your gnat problem, find the source. Fill a jar nearly to the top with vinegar. Punch many tiny holes in the lid and then place the jar outside. The gnats will be attracted to the jar, but they will then become trapped after squeezing into the holes. You can place several of these traps throughout your home and yard, to determine the source of the pests. Remember that gnats breed in soggy or wet organic material. Also, check drip pans underneath refrigerators, and dirty drains. These could be gnat breeding grounds. Finally, verify that your window and door seals are secure.

Chemical Warfare. Various types of chemicals can be used to combat gnats. Insecticidal soap sprays are a mild option to deal with the gnat infestations. Also, most flying insect sprays can handle small numbers of gnats that flew in from outdoors. A more powerful approach could be taken by using foggers. However, if you have pets, sprays should be used with caution. Carefully read all of the directions on the label. This will ensure that pests, but not pets, are harmed.

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  3. gmarie said,

    on October 25th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    These gnats are driving me nuts! I have a dog, a cat and 2 box turtles so they always are around their food. They are used to having their food whenever they want it so I would hate to have to limit the times I leave their food out, especially with the turtles – they are such finicky eaters. But these gnats are crazy! And to find out they bite you! Oh my! I guess I’ll have to be more vigilant with the dishes as well. Damn gnats. Someone also suggested the sticky paper things you hang up but those are pretty gross. Anywho, thanks for the advice, I will give it a try.

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  5. Gnatman said,

    on October 13th, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Although this is basically the same, I was told about a bowl with water, vinegar, and dish soap. I tried a guess with quantities and for uncouple of hours nothing. Then all of a sudden they started dropping like flies… So to speak. Lol. The next several hours collected about two dozen gnats. I’m impressed so far. :)

  6. Tina said,

    on July 5th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Very informative. I’m about to try the vinegar and dawn. Thank you!

  7. Marie said,

    on September 29th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Have tried everything to get rid of these knats! I dont leave anything around the kitchen that they can get into, they were coming from a tiny little hole ontop of a door – i patched it so they couldnt get in….they found another hole to come in that i cant reach! They have a conga line going from the hole on top of the door to across the kitchen wall to the other end… how do i set traps if they have a line going across the wall? I hate these things and i have never had this problem before….

  8. Marie said,

    on August 24th, 2010 at 4:04 am

    What are these black insects that look like gnat? We have been plagued with them here in Western PA.Nothing seems to keep them away.

  9. P J said,

    on June 25th, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I’m about to try the vinegar and dawn, let’s hope it works, thanks for the information!

  10. Kim said,

    on November 15th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    I was also having a problem with gnats and they were so attracted to bread that I changed out the vinegar for bread and it worked great. I put the piece of bread in a glass then covered it with paper. puched a few holes with a pen and caught 12 gnats within an hour! Awesome.

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    on July 7th, 2009 at 4:33 am

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