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HELP please with Gnats!!

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All week there have been a bunch of gnats in my place flying all around. I did the vinegar with some detergent in it and there has been dozens in there so those ones  are done.

 

But each time there gets to be more. I never really minded am occasional few gnats until reading about how

yucky and unsanitary they are, even carry disease! I had no idea.

 

Is there anything I can do to get rid of the annoying gnats?

 

My drains are clean and fine, no fruit or veg out of the fridge, no food around so not sure what is the cause!

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Re: HELP please with Gnats!!

It depends what kind of gnats you have.  I had drain flies a couple of years ago.  We were literally infested. I couldn't kill them faster than they were hatching. I used a mixture of bleach and water for 4 nights in a row in all my drains. I first poured about 2 gallons of boiling water down each drain and then the bleach.  Drain flies gone! I used about 1-1 1/2 cups bleach.

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Re: HELP please with Gnats!!

I heard that laying dryer sheets like 'Bouce' on the table tops or near where the gnats are flying eliminates them. SIL said her office was plagued especially in the lunch rooms, or desk tops if fruit was around.....she said it works!

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Re: HELP please with Gnats!!

Some of these are small and a few have been larger and fly around crazily. They are now more in the bathroom around my counter, I took everything off of it but no help at all. I have vaccumed some up when I can get at them lol.

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Re: HELP please with Gnats!!

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Could they be fungus gnats from your plants. If so, you are overwatering them.

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Re: HELP please with Gnats!!


@MG Chris wrote:

Could they be fungus gnats from your plants. If so, you are overwatering them.


@MG Chris 

 

I've definitely had that problem before, due to overwatering houseplants.

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Re: HELP please with Gnats!!


@CherryHugs wrote:

Some of these are small and a few have been larger and fly around crazily. They are now more in the bathroom around my counter, I took everything off of it but no help at all. I have vaccumed some up when I can get at them lol.


 

If you're saying bathroom counter my guess is that they are drain flies.

 

Do the bigger ones look like an upside down heart?  Those are drain flies if they do.

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Re: HELP please with Gnats!!

Apple cider vinegar and dish soap works well too.

Also clean your garbage disposal with regular vinegar, baking soda and flush with boiling water.

Afterwards I like to squeeze the juice from a cut lemon or orange in, put half in there and then let the garbage disposal eat it up.
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Re: HELP please with Gnats!!

@MG Chris  I was going to say the same thing. I had a terrible time with those little buggers because of my plants. I sprinkled sevin dust on my plants and after a while, they did get better. I have to reapply every so often.

 

I'm told diatomaceous earth works as well, too.

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Re: HELP please with Gnats!!

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Could still be fruit flies. They can sneak in on a piece of fruit from the grocery store.

 

Edited to add: Fruit flies are very small. The ones I've seen don't look red. They are dark. They do fly around kind of wildly.

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