Gnats! Have they invaded your home? Need to know how to get rid of gnats in the house? Read on for this simple, effective, cheap, natural method of exterminating these pests!
In seasons past it seemed gnats only showed up if we had old bananas, but I guess since we had such a warm winter the bugs (including gnats) are out in full force. One thing in our home that attracts gnats is our compost bowl where I throw vegetable scraps before they go out to the compost pile or to the chickens. In years past simply moving the bowl outside would get rid of gnats, but this year they are tenacious. It doesn’t help that we have a toddler who walks around the house snacking on bananas among other things and leaves nibbles goodness knows where! Did you know a single gnat can live for four months in your home? Breeding that whole time no less!
So how do you get rid of gnats? Here’s an easy, non-toxic way to get rid of gnats in the kitchen for good. No more slapping your hands violently at seemingly nothing thanks to this homemade gnat trap.
How to get rid of gnats in the house
You will need:
Wide mouth Mason jar*
*It can be any of these sizes, just make sure the mouth is wide and you’ll have better results. If all you have is the smaller type of mouth, it will work too (see pics), it’s just that the wider mouth provides more surface area and will catch more gnats per trap.
Rubber band (optional)
4 drops dish detergent
Mix vinegar, sugar, and dish wash together in a wide-mouthed container. Add water about 3/4ths of the way to the top of container. Cover rim tightly with plastic wrap (I also used a rubber band around the rim just to be sure). Using a sharp knife, cut a few slits in the plastic wrap. Leave container in the kitchen or other problem area.
That’s it! At first I used a fork to poke holes in the plastic, but noticed the gnats being attracted to the container and unable to get in. Slits with a knife work best for us. Remember to be patient! Remove counter top fruit and kitchen scraps so the gnats can be attracted to the jar. I set two out one evening and the following morning we had 4-6 gnats in each one. They seem to be avoiding the jars now (maybe they wizened up?) so I’ll empty and refill them tonight with fresh “bait.”
Now you know how to get rid of gnats in the house! Once you start catching a few and they stop breeding, you’ll be surprised how quickly your gnat problem disappears.
*Note that the amounts don’t have to be an exact science. I used two different sized jars and just eyeballed the ingredient amounts.