Does any one else have tiny gnats in their house?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Whispering Winds, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. Ugh, I hate these things worse than ants or mosquitoes. They are tiny, can get in any kind of window or door and they are all over the place. We have them every year. They are not fruit flies; got them so bad one year from bananas I brought in from Sam's that I had to literally bomb my house, no kiddin'. But, these things are driving me nuts and I can't spray too much because I have lots of critters in the house and I HATE having to wipe everything down. Anyone have a remedy?
  2. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    There are a couple of things I do that really work well. [​IMG] Stick a banana peel in the garbage disposal, sticking out just a bit. Wait until they are sitting on it and turn the water and the disposal on. Lay a banana peel on the counter. Let them come to it and vacuum them up (I use a rainbow so they are trapped in the water). Last year WalMart had some hand held bug zappers. Those things are a ton of fun with the little buggers. [​IMG]
  3. Calebs Acre

    Calebs Acre Songster

    May 17, 2008
    Long Island
    Last year we had what I think WERE fruit flies, but this might work for your gnats, too....put a cup of apple cider vinegar out near the sink, or wherever you have them. My fruit flies disappeared in pretty short order. It's worth a try?

    Good luck...I HATE bugs of all kinds!
  4. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    Yup, cider vinegar with dish soap works great.

    I also spray my elderly midget cactus (who is about 20 years old and 10 inches tall) named Ouch and my Christmas Cactus named Sticky with soapy water and that helps. They a re my only 2 houseplants.
  5. Calebs Acre

    Calebs Acre Songster

    May 17, 2008
    Long Island

    How much dish soap do you add to the vinegar? I'll have to add it next time. Might work faster. I think the vinegar alone took 2 days, but they went away! Like the plant names-Ouch is a priceless name for a cactus!!!

  6. thewarriorchild

    thewarriorchild Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    Ringwood area, NJ
    Nope no gnats anymore, lots of spooges on my monitor!

    "Last year WalMart had some hand held bug zappers."
    That sounds like fun!! We have a fly swatter with a gun handle that has two swatter parts that snap together. [​IMG]
  7. English Chick

    English Chick English Mum

    Jun 27, 2008
    Cheshire UK
    we call them midges.....I hate them, and they bite! .... but I am going to try the apple cider remedy........
  8. rufus

    rufus Crowing

    May 17, 2007
    Yes, we get those darn things. They hatch out in my wife's house plants. If you bug bomb the house, be sure and take the birds and the fish somewhere else for the day.

    My son bought us a fly trap with a fluorescent light and a little vacuum. It lures them in and then sucks them in. It works real good, but the family thinks it is tacky. It sure beat the gnats.

  9. Funky Feathers

    Funky Feathers former Fattie

    Jan 15, 2009
    My Coop
    Nah, I prefer to keep mine outside. I don't keep them in the house as pets. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2009
  10. chickencoop31320

    chickencoop31320 Have bator, will hatch

    Sep 24, 2008
    Southeast Georgia
    In Georgia they call them "sand gnats" and even have a baseball team named after them.
    ANNOYING little creatures! I hate them!
    And yeah, they can get through screened windows, drives me bonkers.
    I use a rainbow vacuum too, works like a charm [​IMG]

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