As I was standing in my kitchen this morning wiping off my countertop, I noticed... SUGAR ANTS! Teeny, tiny, annoying, scurrying little Sugar Ants! Oh how I loathe these little critters. I ran to search for Terro Liquid Ant Bait and luckily found one. As I set the Bait trap on the counter, it occurred to me that the most frequently asked question about pests is "How do I get rid of Gnats!?" - Gnats, the other most annoying pest, have to rank right up there with Lovebugs. While Lovebugs and Sugar Ants are not an issue we deal with when it comes to Roaches, Gnats are a nuisance that even we have to deal with every year, more so in Florida due to its climate than anywhere else I've ever lived. So here is a blog post on how you can effectively get rid of them by following these steps! We hope this helps!
1. Identify the Source: Determine what is attracting the gnats. They are often attracted to overripe fruits, decaying organic matter, or damp areas where they can lay their eggs.
2. Remove Breeding Sites:
Dispose of overripe or rotting fruits and vegetables.
Empty and clean trash cans regularly.
Clean drains, as gnats can breed in the organic matter that accumulates there.
Repair any leaky faucets or pipes that create damp areas.
3. Clean and Sanitize:
Clean all surfaces, especially in the kitchen, to remove any food residues or organic matter.
Pay attention to areas around sinks and countertops.
Wipe down and dry moist areas in bathrooms.
4. Cover Food and Drinks: Keep food and beverages covered to prevent gnats from landing on them.
5. Use Traps:
Make a DIY gnat trap by filling a small bowl with apple cider vinegar or red wine and adding a few drops of dish soap. Cover it with plastic wrap and poke small holes in it. Gnats will be attracted to the liquid and get trapped.
You can also purchase sticky gnat traps, which are effective in capturing adult gnats.
6. Natural Repellents:
Essential oils like eucalyptus, lavender, and citronella can be used as natural gnat repellents. Dilute a few drops in water and spray the solution around areas where you've seen gnats.
Planting gnat-repelling herbs like basil or mint near windows can also help deter them.
7. Use Fans: Gnats are weak flyers, so using fans indoors can disrupt their flight patterns and make it difficult for them to fly.
8. Remove Outdoor Breeding Sites:
Outside your home, ensure gutters are clear and draining properly.
Eliminate any standing water in flower pots, bird baths, or other containers.
Keep your yard well-maintained, as overgrown vegetation can provide breeding sites.
Remember that consistent cleanliness and removing breeding sites are key to preventing future gnat infestations. By following these steps and being proactive, you can effectively get rid of gnats and keep them from returning.
Mel & Chris