Gnats begin to swarm during the summer months. Here are some preventative measures that you can use to thwart an indoor gnat problems. Remove any overripe fruit from countertops; this is a great source of food for the little buggers. Make sure trash cans are sealed. If there is organic material available for the gnats to feed on, they will multiply quickly. If you have potted plants, consider changing the soil. Sometimes a capful of bleach down the drains at night is all you need to clean out what the gnats are feeding on. Another alternative is making a vinegar trap. It’s an easy DIY that you can make with things you already have at home! Simply combine vinegar (I prefer apple cider vinegar), a few drops of dish soap, and water in a bowl or jar. Leave container out overnight. The gnats will be attracted to the concoction, get stuck in the liquid, and perish. Simple toss the mixture out in the morning!
For outdoor issues, check that doors and windows are properly sealed to prevent the influx of gnats inside. Look for stagnant water from fountains, tire swings, or anywhere water accumulates in your yard. Decomposing plants are great harborage for gnats; be sure to tidy up after doing yard work. Gardeners have had recent success with placing sand on top of potting soil. Applying a half an inch of sand to each potted plants keeps fungus gnats from breeding. The sand drains and dries quickly, which denies the gnats the moist soil that they prefer!
I hope that these tips are helpful to you this summer season. We are always here to help with your pest control needs. Please contact us with any questions. Don’t forget to Follow us on Instagram and Like us on Facebook!