Gnats within a home can epitomize the term nuisance pest. Nothing can get more annoying than tiny gnats flying around your face while sitting around the house. Gnats can develop into a serious problem without proper treatment because they reproduce quickly and in great numbers.
Two types of gnats are common within the home, fungus gnats and fruit fly gnats. Fungus gnats lay their eggs in the damp soil of house plants that have been overwatered because they are attracted to the fungus that develops as a result. Fruit flies, on the other hand, lay their eggs in fruit that has begun fermenting because they are attracted to decaying organic materials.
Most gnat populations can be controlled through the implementation of a few housekeeping tips. By determining the type of gnat you are dealing with, control can be relatively easy. Once the type of gnat is determined, follow these methods!
Fungus Gnat Control
Because fungus gnats are commonly derived from house plants, identifying house plants that have been overwatered and are likely the source is a critical step in the removal of a gnat populations. Letting the soil of the plant dry completely before watering again will kill the larval gnats within the soil. Adult gnats can then be removed from windows, around the plants and near light sources.
Fruit Fly Gnats
Most gnat populations can be eradicated by locating and removing their food sources. Fruit that is exposed to open air will not only rot faster but will allow fruit fly gnats a food source and a place to lay their eggs. Keep fruit in the refrigerator to extend ripeness and protect it from potential fruit flies that may utilize it.
If you are dealing with a gnat problem at your home or business, give us a call to start a no-obligation gnat evaluation. The talented technicians at Arrow Exterminators can identify any type of pest and the best course of treatment to get rid of it. We’ll create a custom pest control plan to make sure we eliminate every last one from your home and keep them away for good!