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Dealing With Gnats

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Have you been trying to think up some slick ways of dealing with those darn gnats? You may have already tried many different methods and you are in one of two positions.

You’re either trying to find ways to get rid of gnats, or you might be at your wit’s end and you’re still looking around for options. Whichever path you’re on right now with your gnats issue, you’re certainly in the right place!

Gnats are super annoying pests. They follow you everywhere you go. You know what we’re talking about. Those tiny little fly-like bugs that bother so many people.

More often then not, (especially if you live in gnat territory), you are going to run into a lot of gnats. They can sometimes even spoil your time spent outdoors. Such as camping/hiking etc.

Gnats aren’t a serious menace like other insects that can transfer major diseases and the like, such as mosquitos. (Although anything can happen). However, they are still always super annoying!

They usually come in clouds too. That’s because gnats tend to move around in huge groups. The proper name for it is actually called “cloud”, just a fun fact there for you!

Since gnats like to travel in very large groups, (A.K.A clouds), they become a bigger menace. Not to say that gnats will hurt you in any way. (Other than being a severe annoyance). Ok, let’s get into the details.

What Are Gnats?

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Gnats are tiny little bugs that look very similar to flies and/or mosquitoes. They are flying insects that come in different shapes and sizes, yet all are similar. Some gnats bite and some do not. Although they appear at times to be mosquito, they are not. Gnats love to roam in “clouds”.

Why Do Gnats Roam In “Clouds”?

The “clouds” that gnats love to fly in so much are for the most part, big giant packs of male gnats looking for females. Every gnat hoping for a chance. Many gnats will “fall” from the “cloud” in hopes to attract females and center the attention onto themselves.

This is the main reason as to why gnats fly or roam around in clouds with no regard to what they’re flying into apparently. Because our human seem to get a face full of them from time to time.

What Are Gnats Attracted To?

Gnats are predominately attracted to fruity scents and the sweat. So makes sense as to why they flock to you when you are outdoors. Since humans tend to sweat quite a bit after being outdoors for a while. As home depot says – “Perspiration and even the moisture of your eyes and nose can draw in gnats”.

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Preventative Measures:

There are many different things that you can do to avoid bringing gnats into your home. However, we have listed some main things below that are HUGE causes of gnats in your home and even near your campsite while you’re camping.

  • Change pot soil in your plants regularly:
    • Have you ever noticed that gnats like to hang around your plants? Well, this is because gnats love to lay their eggs in your plant and its soil. So changing the soil regularly can and will make a huge difference.
  • Take out the trash when needed:
    • Leaving your trash in the trashcan for some time after it obviously needs to be changed is a no-no. Gnats will find a home in your garbage, so keep your garbage can regularly changed when needed.
  • Never Leave Out Dirty Dishes:
    • Leaving out your dirty dishes is a HUGE bug risk in general. Not only will you most definitely attract gnats, but also many other bugs such as ants, cockroaches, etc.
  • Damp Areas:
    • Gnats can make their own home in the dampest areas of your home. Areas such as floor drains, sinks, and even a old or damp towel that has been sitting.

Dealing With Gnats:

Now, we might sound a little repetitive here, but there really are a whole bunch of different ways of dealing with gnats.

However, when you think about proven ways of getting rid of gnats. That is, ways of either killing or otherwise, the list gets quite a bit shorter pretty quick.

Whether it be in your home, your campsite, or even your office. Below are some proven ways of getting rid of them.

Apple Cider Vinegar:

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Now, there are other ways than to go natural, and this isn’t something you HAVE to do to get rid of gnats. However, this WILL help a lot.

The famous apple cider vinegar trick has worked for many around the globe. The gnats will not be able to resist the sweet mix and…boom, they’re stuck! It is easy to make and set up. Simply mix the below ingredients, set it up, and wait.

What You’ll Need To Make This:

  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 5-10 drops of dish soap – (any dish soap)

The Candle Trap:

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Until we really searched around. We had never heard of this method. Although it is pretty slick. Simply grab a candle, set it in a pot/large bowl, and fill the pot/bowl with water.

The gnats will either fly straight into the candle, or they will get stuck in the water. Either way, your gnat problem could potentially be solved with this method.


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Fly paper has always been a working and PROVEN method for catching flying insects. We honestly used to think that fly-paper was only to catch flies. That is, until we caught a couple of bees and gnats!

This one is also an easy set it and forget it method. A bit like buying into dividend stocks. Simply set it up a little strategically and wait.

This method is also mess-free for the most part. The gnats will stick to the paper and when the paper is full of gnats, you can throw it away and use a new one. Rinse and repeat as needed.

Bug Spray:

We all know what bug spray is and why it is used. Bug spray comes in MANY different forms, but in general, they are all relativity the same. With bug spray, you’ll have an on-demand pest control service in a can!

This may seem a silly way to explain it, but that is the cold, hard truth. Not only will keeping bug spray around kill the gnats, but it’ll also kill that wasp that has been following you around! Two or more birds in one stone, right?

A Bug Zapper:

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Bug zappers are used constantly for this sort of thing. It’s pretty straight forward. Think about how moths fly straight into the light. Gnats will do the same thing. Except, with gnats, you might end up using your zapper indoors. Instead of on the porch.

This method works well. The only downside id that this is probably the most expensive method of all of these. Hence why it was placed at the bottom. All in all, it is still a very useful and effective method for dealing with gnats.

In Summary:

As we mentioned before, there are a LOT of ways of dealing with gnats and we hope what we have created here has given you that extra edge on those pesky gnats! If you found this helpful, why not share it? Thank you for visiting our website!

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