Gnats may enter the home when food, such as ripe fruit or fungus, is present. Gnats often live in warm, humid environments, such as behind tubs and in drain the pipes of bathrooms.Continue Reading
Both fruit flies and fungus gnats are typically present in infested areas, and both species are often attracted by the same things. For instance, houseplants that have been over-watered may develop root rot, which attracts both gnats and fruit flies.
Gnats may also live in the drain pipes of the tub and sinks in the home. Pour a small amount of oil, such as vegetable oil, into the drains to eliminate the pests. Gnats may enter the bathroom from other areas in the home when a food source is present. For instance, ripened fruit may attract the pests to the kitchen, and the insects enter the bathroom in search of water. Throw out any unrefrigerated foods that are too ripe for consumption to reduce the pests in the home.
Fungus growth attracts gnats, and may be caused by hidden water leaks in the home. Check around the tub to determine whether the caulking is secure, and make repairs as needed. For instance, if a damaged strip of caulking has allowed water to leak into the insulation behind the tub, the insulation in that area may be mildewed or moldy. Removing and replacing the damaged insulation is an effective way to eliminate gnats that are attracted by fungus.Learn more about Pest Control
Placing bleach in strategic places while keeping your home free of excess moisture and rotting plant matter are the primary ways to rid your residence of gnats. Other ways of driving out gnats include covering any fruit and avoiding leaving standing water in sinks or containers.Full Answer >
To get rid of gnats inside the home, remove any potential food and water sources. If gnats are living in damp areas, such as under sinks, repairs may be required to stop leaks. Eliminating gnats can take several days if damp soil is causing the infestation.Full Answer >
Get rid of fruit flies by purging the house of overripe fruit and vegetables, cleaning surfaces and containers where food is stored or prepared, and sterilizing drains. Make a fruit fly trap with a jar, some plastic wrap and vinegar.Full Answer >
Homemade fruit fly traps are designed to attract fruit flies, so it might appear at first as if they are bringing more fruit flies into a home. However, the traps are actually attracting flies that are already in the home. Once they are trapped, they can be eliminated.Full Answer >