There are only a few things that can annoy you more than finding your Northlake rental house has a gnat problem. While it is true that gnats don’t bite or carry diseases, they have no business in a clean home. Whenever ripe fruit, trash bags, and even potting soil are present, these pests are as well. You wouldn’t know where they came from and it can be difficult to remove them. But if you know some of the good tricks, you can keep these gnats out of your house for good.
Apple Cider Vinegar: One of the best ways to eliminate gnats without harsh chemicals is to use a mixture of apple cider vinegar, water, sugar, and dish soap. The sugar attracts the gnats and the soap traps them. You can place a small bowl of this mixture in areas where gnats are congregating.
Fly Paper: Flypaper is a low-cost way of getting rid of gnats. These sticky flypaper ribbons may not be the most aesthetic option but they can effectively get rid of these insects in your home.
Bleach the Drains: If there are gnats gathering around your sink drains, you may have drain flies. In this case, bleach and water is the answer. Pour the mixture in the drains to rid your affected drains and house of these pests. In no time at all, you will soon be enjoying your gnat-free sink.
Rotten Fruit: Gnats are attracted to ripe fruit and having these in your house lures them. So one way we can get rid of gnats is to use it against them. Place a piece of ripe or rotten fruit in a bowl and cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Using a toothpick, poke a few small holes in the plastic. The flies get in using the small holes but somehow they can’t figure how to get out. You can then remove the bowl from the house with all the trapped flies inside.
Wine Trap: If you have some expired wine handy, you can use it to trap pesky gnats the same way. In a small bowl, mix the wine with dish soap and leave it near the gnats. The gnats are attracted to the scent and are then trapped in the wine solution.
Bug Zapper: If you wish to be aggressive, use a bug zapper device. There are different types of bug zappers, but they mostly use electricity to zap flies, mosquitoes, and other flying insects. All you have to do next is to find an out-of-the-way spot and plug the zapper there.
Chemical Spray: For the gnat problems that are seriously out of control, you’ll have to resort to using an insecticide in order to get rid of the gnats. Foggers and sprays can remove gnats quite well but should be used with caution. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions when using chemical insecticides.
With these solutions in removing gnats, there is probably one that is right for your pest problem. Are you interested in learning more about how to keep your rental house pest-free? Visit Real Property Management Five Star’s website for more information and contact us online to speak with one of our property managers!
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