Removing food and water sources is an effective method of controlling gnat populations. Fungus gnats, the type most commonly found in homes, thrive in areas where potted plants, gardens and compost are found. A shovel, sand, a small lidded jar, vinegar and dish detergen...
A gnat is a small winged fly that belongs to the same suborder as mosquitoes. They are characterized by long legs, small bodies and weak flying abilities. Gnats can be biting or nonbiting and may feed on insects, plants or blood. Species include eye gnats, fungus gnats ...
Gnat infestations in the home are typically caused by fungus gnats. These gnats are attracted to moist conditions with organic material. Over-watered house plants, places of condensation and rotting vegetation are the common culprits in gnat infestations.
Gnats eat algae, fungus and various plants. Unlike mosquitoes, they do not consume blood. Some gnats do not eat during their three- to four-week lifespan.
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.
Most people choose to kill gnats using pesticides or opt for a mixture of water, vinegar, and dish soap for a safer alternative that will not harm pets. Due to the number of species of gnats, there is no single best way to exterminate them.
Adult gnats, also known as midges, live for approximately three to five days, following an incubation period of three to seven weeks as larvae and approximately three to five days in the pupa stage. Five generations of gnats can spawn within one summer.