It turns out that gnats are attracted to some common things: warm, moist places; carbon dioxide, and light.Once you have gnats, it’s tough to get rid of them. Here are a few tips for gnat-free living:
- Clean your house! Clean your kitchen when you’re done cooking – wash your countertops and make sure your sink is cleaned out. Once your dirty dishes are washed and put away, clean your garbage disposal. (Ice and/or citrus rinds work pretty well.)
- Dispose of garbage. When your garbage bag is full, take it outside. Throw out any rotten fruits or vegetables.
- Speaking of fruits and vegetables, don’t leave them out in the open. They’ll attract gnats.
- Don’t leave water standing anywhere in your house – in sinks or in drinking glasses.
- Turn off outside lights when you are done using them.
- Pour apple cider vinegar in a deep bowl and add four to six drops of dish soap or vegetable oil. The gnats will be attracted to the odor of the vinegar, but the soap or oil will provide enough resistance to keep the gnats in the bowl. Empty and replenish the solution every couple days.
- Set out a small chunk of banana in a small container. Cover the container with plastic wrap. Secure the plastic wrap with a rubber band, then poke holes in the plastic with a toothpick. Leave the trap out overnight (the flies will be able to get in, but not out). Be sure to clean out the trap daily.
- Set out a glass of red wine. (Taste a vintage you just don’t like? Use some of that!) Gnats should swarm to it and drown inside the glass. That’s what I call drowning your troubles away …