How do you get rid of gnats?

Roxann Vine
by Roxann Vine

I am having issues with gnats, they are in my kitchen, living room and bathroom. We don't keep any food out and the food in cupboards are either in glass jars or plastic air tight containers. I hate to use sprays since I would have to scrub down everything after the bugs are gone. I've tried the apple cider vinegar trick but it only attracted a few, I think they were drinking! Any suggestions on getting rid of gnats?

  13 answers
  • Chris aka monkey Chris aka monkey on Oct 25, 2013
    did you use apple cider vinegar and dishsoap? they soap is what makes them stick to it you can put it in a good looking jug or bottle so you don't have a bowl of dead gnats on your counter lol xx
  • Beverly Runton-Moorhouse Beverly Runton-Moorhouse on Oct 25, 2013
    take an old coke or water bottle. Cut the top off about 1/3 of the way down. Put apple cider vinegar in the bottom then put the top back on with the bottom upside down so the neck of the top is down inside the bottom....kinda like a funnel. Tape the two halves together. The gnats will go down into the bottle but won't be able to get out. It is important to get rid of the source. Wash fruits and veggies with a vinegar solution as soon as you bring them home from the grocery or in from the garden. Get rid of all over ripe fruit and veggies or put them in the fridge. Make sure you don't leave dirty dishes out. If your compost bin is near your door, either move it or don't leave the door open (they can get through the screen) I have these traps sitting next to my fruit bowl and next to my plants...they work great. If you search on the internet there are videos which show how to make these little traps. Good luck!
  • R.V.R. Farris R.V.R. Farris on Oct 25, 2013
    I've used the apple cider vinegar and dish soap and it works. I just use a small plastic bowl to hold the vinegar and soap and the little gnats and fruit flies sink to the bottom. Pour it down the sink and wash the bowl and refill if needed.
  • Gloria Duy Gloria Duy on Oct 26, 2013
    I had a ton, they came through the screens. I put Dawn in the apple cider vinegar and caught about 20 a day until they were gone. You are right they love the vinegar and just drink it. But the dawn snags them!
  • Brenda Barton Brenda Barton on Oct 26, 2013
    I think they lay eggs in potted plants. I know you should clean the pot and add new soil before bringing them inside, but I have so many I just don't have the stamina to do all that. Got to try the acv /soap stuff.
  • Suzy Myers Suzy Myers on Oct 26, 2013
    I agree with R.V.R Farris it DOES work. I am using old salt & pepper shakers to put the Apple Vinegar and dish soap in. I use Dawn for the dish soap.
  • Roxann Vine Roxann Vine on Oct 26, 2013
    Thank you all for the great tips. The first tip I ever saw a tip on Hometalk about gnats tyhey suggested putting vinegar in a glass and make a funnel, put it inside the glass, just above the vinegar again it did great at attract them but not kill them. This time I will add Dawn. :)
  • Leona Zentner Leona Zentner on Nov 21, 2013
    They may be drain flies too! I I thought I had gnats, but it turned out to be drain flies. I used BacOut from Walgrens in the morning and again at night before going to bed in all our drains and within three days they were all gone. I love this product for many things, but I was going crazy with those little bugs and I googled them and this is what people said would work and it did. You have to buy it online at . I ordered six bottles and I will never be without this product ever. I hope this helps.
  • Zoi1844993 Zoi1844993 on Feb 24, 2016
    I put coffee mugs around the kitchen, each filled with a little ACV and dish soap, no need for funnels or Saran wrap. Learned my lesson well!
  • Jwl7740745 Jwl7740745 on Jul 28, 2016
  • Mary Moening Ashman Mary Moening Ashman on Sep 12, 2016
    I used the ACV + Dawn and got a lot of them, but then emptied the container(I used a disposable drinking cup) and added more ACV but this time I had to use a different dish liquid as my daughter bought it on sale and it didn't work. AT ALL! Not sure if it was due to the lemon scent of the DS or what, but I tried again thinking maybe my ration was off.........nope, nothing. Sent Hubby out for Dawn, can't take these little buggers any longer.
  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Oct 06, 2023

    I had a terrible gnat problem and the vinegar traps worked perfectly! Simply place a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or white vinegar, a few drops of dish soap, and a tablespoon of sugar in a bowl and stir. Set your bowl in an area where gnats are prevalent, such as your kitchen or bathroom. This took care of my problem in just a couple of days!

  • Deb K Deb K on Oct 07, 2023

    Hi Roxann, hope this helps you,

    In a small bowl, mix a half cup of warm water plus two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, a tablespoon of sugar, and about six drops of liquid dish soap. Gnats will be lured in by the sugary mixture, but once they dip in for a drink, the sticky dish soap will trap them.