Natural Gnat Trap to Try
Gnat Trap: Gnats can prove particularly annoying once they get inside your house—especially since it can be difficult to notice them until an infestation is underway. Here’s how to get rid of gnats both indoors and out.
A myriad of fly traps is sold in home improvement stores and online. In many cases, users of these traps provide a rating that provides an overall summary of the trap that may or may not accurately assess the trap’s ease of use or ability to trap gnats. Therefore, always request information about fly traps from your pest management professional before making a purchase.
Gnat traps may be useful if you want to find out where gnats are developing and what kind of gnats are problematic. However, homeowners often purchase traps hoping the traps will eliminate gnats. That notion rarely works out since both homemade and commercially available traps only catch the gnats that are visible but do not effectively reduce or eliminate the gnat’s developmental sites and conditions that are producing gnats.
Homemade Gnat Trap
Apple Cider Vinegar Homemade Gnat Trap
This DIY fly trap is cheap and simple to make yourself, and it will take care of adult gnats quickly. This vinegar trap is an effective way to deal with your fly problem and uses things that you probably already have in your home.
Add the vinegar, water, sugar, and dish soap to the mason jar. Cover the opening with plastic wrap and secure it with the rubber band. Using the toothpick, pole several small holes in the saran wrap. The apple cider and sugar make an excellent fruit fly lure.
Red Wine Fruit Fly Trap
Like the apple cider vinegar, gnats and fruit flies are attracted to the sweet smell of red wine. You can fill a plastic bottle or other containers halfway with red wine, and place a paper cone down the bottle of the neck and leave it in an area where fruit flies are gathering for a homemade gnat trap.
Sticky Honey Trap
Another homemade flycatcher that will catch and kill gnats and fruit flies is a homemade honey sticky trap. For this fly trap, you’ll need to gather some colored paper, a few sticks or popsicle sticks, and some honey.
Gnat Trap Diy
Gather a few small jars and pour in 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and whirl in a few drops of liquid dish soap. With the lids off, place the jars wherever you see the most gnats.
The gnats will be drawn to the smell of the apple cider, but once they land in the mixture, the soap makes it difficult for them to escape. These non-toxic traps work like a dream. I set them out one night and the next morning, all the gnats were in the jars!
How To Make A Gnat Trap
– A serving bowl or large salad bowl. I chose a 9-inch salad bowl, about 2 1/2 inches deep.
– A small fruit cup, shorter in height than the large bowl. This is very important.
– Fresh fruit, approximately 1/4 cup. I have used banana with great success but used grapes for this instruction
– 2 cups of water
– Liquid dish soap
– Cellophane wrap (I used Saran Wrap)
– Serrated knife
– Food coloring (optional)
- In the large bowl, put approximately 2 cups of water, such that there is at least 1 inch of water in the bowl. You can add a drop or two of food coloring now if you desire.
- Cut up some fresh fruit for your enemy to dine on. Bananas are best but I’m out, so I’m giving grapes a try. DO NOT add water to the small bowl; this will cause the fruit to rot much too quickly.
- Put two or three drops of liquid dish soap in the water. This breaks the surface tension of the water, allowing the gnats to sink to the bottom instead of float for hours.
- It’s important here to make sure the plastic wrap is perfectly sealed around the edge of the large bowel, or the gnats will just come in, get a snack, lay some eggs, and fly out of your trap.
Apple Cider Vinegar Gnat Trap
For this method, you’ll need a container, dish soap, water, sugar, and apple cider vinegar. Pour two tablespoons of vinegar, one tablespoon of sugar, a few drops of soap, and a liter of water into your container. Then mix all of your ingredients together. Once your concoction is ready, place it in the area where the gnats are swarming.
If they seem to be flying around all over the place rather than one concentrated space, set up multiple containers. Planet Natural advises that you place the containers near sinks, open garbage cans, or unrefrigerated produce, as those are the leading causes of fruit flies. The scent from the apple cider vinegar will attract the fruit flies, and then the soap’s stickiness will trap them.
Fungus Gnat Trap
The presence of fungus gnats, or fruit flies, hovering in and near your houseplant is annoying. Adults are harmless to houseplants unlike their larvae, which can cause severe root system damage. Often drawn by unrefrigerated ripening fruit or even beer and fruit juice containers stored in recycling bins, these tiny flies seek the intoxicating essence of fermentation and are also attracted by damp areas such as household drains.
Fungus gnats are particularly fond of depositing young in moist potting soil to feed upon fungi and decaying plant matter. However, instead of throwing the plant out, you can get rid of pesky fungus gnats using household vinegar.
Why am I getting so many gnats in my house?
Moisture: Moist breeding grounds for gnats include food spillage, moist potting soil, overwatered grass or plants, garbage cans, puddles in the kitchen or outside your house, leaky pipes under the sink, and condensation around windows and vents.
What is the best Gnat Killer?
A half-cup of warm water plus two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, a tablespoon of sugar, and about six drops of liquid dish soap just might be able to cure your gnat woes. They’ll be lured in by the sugary mixture, but once they dip in for a drink, the sticky dish soap will trap them.
What are gnats attracted to?
The majority of gnats and flies are attracted to certain smells, especially fruit and sweet scents. Many species of gnats and flies are attracted by body heat. Others are in search of moisture. Not only are they drawn to perspiration, but also the mucous around your eyes and nose that can be a source of moisture.
How do you stop gnats from flying around you?
- Wash your hair with a scent-free shampoo, or without any type of cleanser.
- Avoid using scented skincare products on your face.
- Don’t spray any cologne, perfume or body spray anywhere around your neck.
- Wash clothing in scent-free detergents.