Gnats are tiny, non-biting, flying insects that seem to pop up everywhere. There are a few common types: fruit flies, drain flies, and the fungus gnat. True to their names, these pests are drawn to certain things, which can bring them into our homes.
Where are these tiny flies coming from?
These small flies may be found breeding in the moist organic matter, such places as soil contaminated with sewage or drains, decaying fruit or vegetables, and garbage.
What bugs are mistaken for fruit flies?
Fungus gnats are tiny flying insects often mistaken for fruit flies. A fungus gnat is much smaller than a fruit fly and has a tiny black body (while fruit flies are commonly tan and have very visible bodies). Gnats are also attracted to decaying organic material, whereas fruit flies only feed on produce.
How do I get rid of tiny flies in my house?
All you need is a small dish, apple cider vinegar, and dish soap to make your trap. Pour the vinegar into the dish and add a few drops of dish soap. The gnats are drawn to the sweet smell of the apple cider. As they fly down, they get trapped in the soap and drown.
Why am I getting so many gnats in my house?
Inside the home, gnats can be attracted to unsealed produce, fresh flowers, houseplants, food spillage and open or overflowing garbage cans. Gnats may also live in sink drains where food residue can collect. Dirty kitchen sink drains can provide food, water, shelter and breeding sites to many fly species.
How do you keep flying bugs out of your house?
Indoors: Keep doors and windows shut whenever possible, and consider installing fly screens on windows you keep open often. Moreover, avoid keeping lavender in your home because they are attractive to these insects. Instead, you could opt to keep some basil around, which repels these stinging bugs.