Asked on Feb 21, 2020

How do I get rid of gnats?

RedcatcecKathy Gunter LawLaura Cooper


8 answers
  • Redcatcec
    on Feb 21, 2020

    Hi Chris,

    These pests are a real bother!

    Most likely they come into your house on the produce from the markets in the form of eggs on the produce. To get rid of them wash all fruit immediately and refrigerate, with the exception of bananas, keep at room temp after washing.

    Since you have washed the pests into the drain, clean that with baking soda and white vinegar, when the fizz stops, rinse well with hot water, you may want to keep the drain covered to ensure no more go in there, they need moisture.

    For the airborne ones, get a sticky cardboard from Walmart (a multipack at a great price-this is the item for catching mice) peel off the plastic cover and leave it flat, place a small piece of decaying sweet fruit to attract the gnats in the center of the pad. They will be drawn to it never to pester you again.

    • Chris Dudley
      on Feb 21, 2020

      Hi red, we were actually talking about buffalo gnats and eye gnats, usually if you have 1 you have both, it's the worst nightmare you could ever have, get in your eyes and buffalo gnats bite, I found the eye gnats,, and sprayed with Sevin liquid 500 insects one, they were around the central air conditioner outside, the big square thing ont a concrete pad, the water drain was nice and warm, perfect place in nice green tundra flat stuff, and they were gone, the buffalo gnats started to dissapear also but hung fly catchers to get the rest, they come back but get caught again, it's a fight, but like I said the only place I've found is west of the Rockies their non-existent. Thxz for the reply tho, I wish you well

  • They are probably fungus gnats that lay eggs in the soil of your houseplants. Here's a link on getting rid of them:

  • Vimarhonor
    on Feb 21, 2020

    Hello -That can be a frustrating irritating situation.

    Heres a link for your consideration. Hope this helps.

  • K. Rupp
    on Feb 21, 2020

    Found this on google:

    1. Create a simple fruit fly trap using apple cider vinegar and dish soap.
    2. Place a bottle of stale wine next to the gnat-infested area.
    3. Mash up rotten fruits in a jar and cover the top with a plastic wrap poked with tiny holes.


    I have tried many things. However, I have found the best thing they are attracted to is a SOUR BEER!!!!!! Leave some out in a shallow cup and see them swarm! You might want to use plastic wrap with poked holes too to trap them in. When they are swarming you can also spray with hairspray but then you will have to start over with your trap. Good luck!

  • Em
    on Feb 21, 2020

    Gnats outside or fruit flies inside? Two different things. The home stores sell insect sticky traps for indoors.

  • Laura Cooper
    on Feb 21, 2020

    If you have little fruit flies inside, they have a short lifespan. The most effective technique I've used (info from my local college extension office) is to hang a fly glue strip near the area where they are most concentrated. Because of the short lifespan, hanging it for 2 weeks will eliminate them.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    on Feb 21, 2020

    You can make a fruit fly trap. Cut a plastic bottle about 2/3 of the way up. Remove the screw top lid. Squirt a little dish soap in the bottom, add 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1 Tbsp sugar, 1/2 cup warm water (dissolve the sugar). Place the top inverted into the bottom. They will fly into the neck to get at the solution but won't be able to escape.

  • Redcatcec
    on Feb 22, 2020

    Hey Chris,

    Very interesting...eye gnats and Buffalo gnats, I had to look them up and here is a suggestion for the eye gnats, although I don't know how practical the first 2 are:

    The Buffalo gnats, ugh, it looks like there are ways to deter them, see if anything in this article helps you. It looks as though the populations are hard to control because of where they breed and live:

    Best to you & thanks for getting back to us. Great question!

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