Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Araucana Amy, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. Araucana Amy

    Araucana Amy In the Brooder

    Apr 14, 2008
    Bedford, IN
    We are overrun with gnats..........Vamp heard that vinegar would deter them. So we sprayed all the chickens, the yard and the coop.
    Then i read that you take vinegar and sugar as a trap and that it attracks them.
    So did we just doom them to a worse attack?!?!!?
    Amy [​IMG]
  2. morelcabin

    morelcabin Songster

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    Vinegar in thier drinking water will deter them from the birds. And a vinegar rinse will as well. Another great deterant that I use is Borax and sprinkle it all over the pen
  3. Araucana Amy

    Araucana Amy In the Brooder

    Apr 14, 2008
    Bedford, IN
    Thanks so much!!!!![​IMG]
  4. eggzettera

    eggzettera Songster

    If I get a gnat problem in my worm bin I put in a container of apple cider vinegar the gnats will drown in it. You may want to do the same in your run......I can't imagine that the chickens would be very interested in it.
  5. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    Quote:The chickens don't try and eat the Borax? Just curious cause I will go buy some now, lol!
  6. I'd be afraid to use borax, myself. DE, maybe.

    Um- Vapona and Black Flag make a no-pest strip you can hang in the coop, up here in Canada we fight black flies every year at this time, and the strips work well.[​IMG]
  7. 2dream

    2dream Songster

    Jan 7, 2008
    Jackson MS
    I have read about the vinegar in drinking water previously but no one ever says if it is regular household vinegar. Apparently there is different strengths of vinegar and some of it is hard to come by.
    Anyone here know?
  8. Half-a-dozen

    Half-a-dozen Songster

    May 26, 2007
    Quote:The vinegar in the drinking water is APPLE CIDER VINEGAR...... I found mine at the grocery store, (same isle as the rest of the vinegars), when you put it in the water tho use a plastic tub/container. It discolors the inside of the metal ones..... [​IMG]
  9. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

    Jan 10, 2008
    Marysville, OH
    Many people suggest the organic unfiltered ACV which has the "mother". That is the sediment that is in the bottom of the bottle before you shake it up. However, an article in Backyard Poultry (April/May '08 issue) written by Terry Beebe from the U.K. appears to use just regular old ACV. This is a good article.

    Gnats are attracted to ACV. I keep a cruet of it on my table and I either have to keep it covered or change it often, because in the summer I find dead gnats floating in it. Keeping it in an open dish in the coop sounds like a good idea to me.
  10. Araucana Amy

    Araucana Amy In the Brooder

    Apr 14, 2008
    Bedford, IN
    So are we attracting the gnats by spraying it in the coop and on the chickens?[​IMG]

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