Gnats, also known as fruit flies are one of the most invasive and annoying pests you can get in your home. Getting rid of gnats is a bit easier with this Homemade Gnat Killer and a super simple gnat trap.
Gnats can invade your home in different places like sinks, drains, plants and especially around ripe fruits...that's why some people refer to them as fruit flies. Once they invade, they can be kind of difficult to get rid of. I have a few tricks that I use to trap, kill and keep those pesky gnats from coming back!
How to Trap Gnats
Last year I wrote THIS POST on How to Get Rid of Gnats, and I still love using the trap mentioned in this post, because I can place them in different parts of my home without anyone really noticing them.
Another easy way to trap gnats or fruit flies is to mash up a banana and place it in a bowl with some plastic wrap placed loosely over the bowl. Gnats LOVE ripe bananas. You'll definitely have to throw this trap out on the same day or it could bring more gnats around, but it's a great trap to use if you want them to gather quickly.
Once you've trapped as many gnats as possible, it's time to move on to killing the ones that just won't go away.
How to Kill Gnats or Fruit Flies
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You're going to need to make some homemade gnat spray. I use this spray around my kitchen and bathroom sinks, any drains, near my plants and any other area where gnats may gather. I do not spray this on my fruits and vegetables. Before spraying this solution on plants, you should test a small leaf to make sure it won't damage or kill the plants. Some plants are more sensitive than others.
Homemade Gnat Killer
What you will need:
- spray bottle ( Purchase HERE)
- ½ cup of water
- ½ cup of isopropyl alcohol ( Purchase HERE )
- 1 teaspoon of dish liquid ( Purchase HERE )
- labels (optional - Purchase HERE )
Mix ingredients in a clean spray bottle and spray on live gnats. The dish liquid helps the solution stick to the gnats and the isopropyl alcohol will kill them. Be sure to label your spray so it doesn't get mistaken for something else. You can purchase these items in most grocery stores, but I've included links in case you'd like to purchase them on Amazon.
How do you prevent gnats from coming in your home?
Once you've killed the gnats, you'll want to take a few precautions to ensure they stay away. Here are a few tips to keep them out of your home...
- toss or use any overripe fruits
- don't overwater houseplants
- make sure your indoor garbage bins have airtight lids
- keep drains and disposals clean (I am not a huge fan of bleach, but I do pour bleach down my drains a few times during the summer to keep gnats at bay.
- don't leave open food lying around on counters or in your pantries
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