Say Goodbye to Gnats and Fruit Flies

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Say goodbye to pesky gnats and fruit flies using 3 simple ingredients!

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One of the many annoying summertime insects is a gnat and for some reason this year they have been especially ANNOYING. I’m not typically bothered by them, but it seems like everywhere I go they are hanging out in swarms waiting on me.

I had heard using apple cider vinegar and dish soap would keep them away so off to give it a try.

Initially, I used a combination of water, vinegar, and dawn dish soap. I added it to a spray bottle and gave it a good shake. I sprayed around the porch. It seemed like there were fewer of them using this combo, but there were still enough of them to bother me.

After reading more I saw where some people were using the vinegar and dish soap without the water or only using a small amount of water.

Let’s give it a try!!!

We had gnats all in our pantry from an old potato in our potato box!

I filled the cup about 1/3-1/2 of the way with the vinegar, added a few squirts of dish soap and a splash of water, and sat the cup on the shelf!

Initially I thought it wasn’t going to work… I guess I expected the gnats to take off running to the cup ! I left the cup on the shelf overnight and bam… most of the gnats were gone and in the cup!

I’ve also read that this helps with fruit flies.

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  • Stolzy Stolzy on May 30, 2023

    My neighbor suggested spraying rubbing alcohol. It worked.

    I use the Dawn & vinegar where my plants live. When I made the kitchen bigger I had 8" sills for the windows in the kitchen. On those sills I use small bowls of the Dawn mix.

    The culprit was a grape! I had them out to make grape icecubes. Some of them got away. One apparently, ricochet off the mixer.. hiding from me.

  • Jean Jean on May 30, 2023

    how do you get rid of carpenter bees around my porch?

  • Gillian Wilhelm Gillian Wilhelm on May 30, 2023

    I live in the U.K . We do not have Dawn Soap. Can I use any dish soap. Thank You

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  • Jea7482249 Jea7482249 on May 31, 2023

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  • Vonessa West Barker Vonessa West Barker on Jun 06, 2023

    Even better, put a banana peel on a bowl and cover tightly with cling Wrap. Poke small holes in the plastic. The gnats will crawl in the holes but can’t get back out. Put the bowl where you see the majority of gnats and slowly move the bowl towards the door or away from food and kitchen.