How to Get Rid of Gnats in the House the Easy and Natural Way!

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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: A homemade gnat trap!

How do you get rid of gnats? If these pests have invaded your home, learn how to get rid of gnats in the house with this homemade gnat trap

How to get rid of gnats in the house

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 in the kitchen, 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 in the house? 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.

Homemade gnat trap

How do you get ride of gnats? If these pests have invaded your home, learn how to get rid of gnats in the house with this simple, natural method using items you probably already have on hand

For each homemade gnat trap you will need:
Wide mouth Mason jar*

Loew-Cornell Ball Wide Mouth Canning Jar, 16 oz, 4 Per PackageJarden 52505 Wide Mouth Ball Jar, 32-Ounce, Case of 12Ball Jar Crystal Jelly Jars with Lids and Bands, Quilted, 4-Ounce, Set of 12

*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 you homemade gnat trap will catch more gnats per trap.

Plastic wrap
Rubber band (optional)
2T vinegar*
1t sugar
4 drops dish detergent
water

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 countertop 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.”

Got gnats in the kitchen? Use this cheap and easy DIY gnat trap to get rid of gnats!

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 thanks to your homemade gnat trap

*Note that the amounts don’t have to be an exact science. I used two different sized jars and just eyeballed the ingredient amounts.

If you don’t feel like making these cheap and easy gnat traps or don’t have the supplies on hand, there are a variety of commercial products available too.

TERRO Fruit Fly Trap T2500TERRO Fruit Fly Trap T2500BEAPCO 6-Pack Drop-Ins Fruit Fly TrapsBEAPCO 6-Pack Drop-Ins Fruit Fly TrapsSpringstar BioCare Gnat Stix S5333Springstar BioCare Gnat Stix S5333

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