How to Naturally Control Gnats

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The term "gnat" actually encompasses a number of different bugs. The most common gnat is the one that doesn't bite. These swarm in large clouds of insects that can be really annoying to move through and are also the bugs most often called gnats. However, there are also no-see-ums, punkies, biting flies and biting midges, which are all considered gnats. These are the ones you most want to look out for, because they all bite. Whatever gnat is bothering you, though, there is a way to get rid of it without resorting to nasty toxic chemicals.

Things You'll Need

  • BTI Dish soap Vinegar Fine window screen Sodium lights

Get Rid of Gnats

  • If you often leave your window open and find that gnats are swarming inside your home, buy some very fine window screen. Even if you already have a screen up, it may not be fine enough to keep gnats out. These are easily replaced and can be purchased at local hardware stores.

  • Change the lightbulbs outside your home. Ordinary lightbulbs produce a type of white light that attracts gnats, especially biting midges. Sodium lights produce an orange light that attracts fewer insects.

  • Put some BTI, Bacillus thuringiensis, in any water sources near your home that you think the gnats may be coming from. Like mosquitoes, gnats lay their eggs in water. BTI comes in different forms depending on the type of gnat it is targeting. Ask an employee wherever you purchase it to help you figure out which is best. BTI is an all-natural agent that will kill off gnats and eggs without hurting other wildlife.

  • Mix together about a tsp. of dish soap with a solution of about half water and half vinegar in a few small bowls or containers. Scatter these homemade traps around your home or just outside it. The vinegar will attract gnats, and the dish soap will make the water more dense so they can't fly out of it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always prepare for warmer, more humid months, as these are when gnats are out in full force.

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