Gnats are a common household pest and there are a number of different ways to get rid of and prevent them.
Most people can refer to a number of different small flying insects when using the term gnats. Drain flies often find their homes in dirty drains, fruit flies can be found wherever there is exposed fruit. These tiny bugs are a nuisance and can be avoided.
Getting Rid of Gnats
If you notice small flying bugs around the house that are not concentrated near fruit or drains, it is possible that these bugs are making their home in your houseplants. This is annoying but fixable since there are a few ways to get bugs off house plants. Try using a vacuum to suck up the bugs, remove any dead parts of the plants, and set up sticky traps to catch the bugs. If you find that the gnats keep returning they may have laid their eggs in the soil. Replacing the soil in your plants and ensuring it doesn’t stay wet will likely work. Some recommend using Neem to eliminate gnats but this typically displaces them instead of killing them.
If you find that any houseplants are continually barraged with flying pests it may be best to throw that houseplant away. Keeping any houseplants that are totally infested could lead to your other plants suffering as well. There are harmful chemicals that can be applied to the soil of houseplants but I recommend trying the more basic methods first.
Getting Rid of Drain Flies
The obvious solution is to pour a caustic drain cleaner down the drain. If you prefer not to handle substances like those, there are safer ways to clear a drain. Use baking soda and vinegar to maintain drains and reduce drain flies. Use this method on seldom used drains regularly since the flies are more likely to find homes in lesser used drains. It is also helpful to use this simple drain cleaning method before leaving for vacation so you don’t come home to annoying drain flies.
Getting Rid of Fruit Flies
I leave all my fruit on the counter and it’s inevitable that flies will be drawn to them periodically, especially when bananas brown. Decorative glue traps can help, as well as putting fruit in the
fridge. Once exposed fruit has been removed, be sure to clean the area so no fruit residue remains.