Friday, March 5, 2010

Fruit Fly Season is Underway, Are You Doing Your Part For Controlling These Gnat Pests?

It's that time of the season when fruit flies are particularly bothersome.

There they are, getting in your face, your morning cereal - your coffee...

Fruit fly infestations are most always an indication that some area needs attention to housekeeping. These flies are in the gnat family. They prefer placing their eggs in fermenting fruits, but any trash that's lain around a few days, and starting to stink suits them just fine for laying eggs, and having babies.

As a pest control technician most of the time when a hospital called me the problem was fruit flies (the second biggest problem was American roaches).

I once got a call from a hospital for fruit flies in an elevator alcove. When I entered that area a cloud of the pests immediately surrounded me, and looking around I saw them all over the walls of the small space.

In the far corner, between the elevator doors (two elevators in the alcove, in two different walls), sat a large trashcan that overflowed with empty soda cans, drink cups, candy and snack wrappers, and a variety of other garbage.

Didn't take much inspection time to figure out that the gnat's egg laying target was that pile of trash.

Fruit flies are fast reproducers, but for a population to grow as large as what I seen that day takes longer than a week. Which means that the latest emptying of that trashcan was some while back.

I sprayed the walls of the alcove to kill the live flies, and sprayed the trashcan, along with the top layer of garbage. Then I turned in a request with maintenance to remove the garbage and clean the area.

A couple days later during another visit to the hospital I stopped by the elevator alcove to check its condition. The trash was gone, and so were the fruit flies.

Every call I received for fruit flies at the hospital was because of some form of trash, or biohazard material, left sitting for an extended period.

Fruit flies quickly get out of control when trash sits for more than a week. After a day or two their eggs start hatching, creating more adults to lay more eggs.

When you notice their numbers increasing, look for the spot where the most of them are. It's very near there that they've found something to lay their eggs in. Clean away whatever the decaying material is, and your fruit fly problem vanishes.

Housekeeping is the number one defense against gnat pests, and every pest control technician relies on the homeowner, tenant, or housekeeping staff to get rid of garbage before it starts rotting.

The most successful pest control process (when you call a pest control company) is Integrated Pest Control. That's a partnership between you and the pest control technician. Lack of attention and action on your part, or the technician's, results in failure.

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How to Get Rid of Gnats in the House

Gnats are a very tough pest to eliminate when they infest your home. They are difficult to eliminate because they reproduce extremely fast. Generally speaking, this isn't a problem but they are not going away on their own. Learn how to eliminate gnats and get them out of your house.

Gnats are going to feed on fruit, vegetables, and almost every organic material possible. This is also where they are going to breed causing more and more gnat problems. This is more so in the summer months but it can happen anytime that you leave this type of food out.

Put away fresh fruits and vegetables if out on the counter or in pantries when the gnats are around. Make sure they are closed up or even in a sealed container that the gnats can't get into. Whatever method you use to seal up the food will help allot in containing the gnats.

Seal up the garbage can as this is a common feeding and breeding ground. One strategy is to take your organic material like fruit peels and put them into sealed containers that are already being thrown away like oatmeal boxes and coffee tins.

Keep as much food as possible in plastic bags or containers.

Once this is done a trap needs to be made. With gnats you need to use a fruit fly trap.

What works best is a 2 liter soda bottle with some fresh fruit like banana and some juice in the bottom. This will attract the gnats but it's difficult for them to fly back out. Do this everyday for a few days and you will catch plenty of gnats every day lowering the problem more and more.

Another method is to put out some bowls or cups with water and some dish soap. The gnats will drown in these. Each one will catch only a few, but it's a low cost way of taking care of the problem. This sometimes works well with just plain water as well.

In the future, try to avoid having fresh fruit out in the later summer months as this is when a gnat problem can be the worst. Do the preventative steps before the gnat problem occurs to avoid it all for the most part.

Gnats can be a problem in the kitchen especially during the early summer months. Learn how to reduce the problem, prevent it, and catch gnats in a simple trap if it occurs.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

How to Keep Gnats From Bothering You

Gnats are a major problem of most individuals since they tend to fly out and swarm during the months when people tend to stay outside of their homes like during summer. But there are ways on how you can stop them from bothering you without harming yourself or your surroundings.


The materials needed for this endeavor are liquid dish soap, white vinegar and bowls.


Look for the breeding areas of the gnats. These troublesome creatures thrive in the same settings like mosquitoes. Remove stagnant H2O and decomposed plants to deprive them of their favorite hideaways. Even if you are living near a lake or swamp, you can control the population of gnats around your residence by removing stagnant H20 in fountains, tire swings and anywhere that water might accumulate. You should also maintain the cleanliness of your gutters since it is also an ideal breeding nest for these pesky insects. Do not pour too much H20 on your plants since a moist soil can also serve as a haven for the insects' larvae.

You can also use insect repellent spray that contains citronella when you are going in an area that is overrun by these creatures. Make sure that the repellent that you are using is safe for children since some products contain ingredients that are harmful to young kids. To secure a certain area outside of your home, spread a non-harmful insect repellent product like Gnat Scat all over the place, 12 hours before using the place. Insect sprays that are made from cedar are also very effective. You can also use fiberglass screens to protect the windows and porch of you home.

A fine fiberglass screen will also allow you to keep the smaller variety of these creatures from entering your home. Finally, spread out bowls that contains a mixture of white vinegar and dish washing liquid. The insects will be lured in by the vinegar but they will be trapped in the dish washing liquid and drown. This is an excellent method for gnat control but make sure that you will only place the bowls filled with the vinegar and dish washing liquid mixture in areas that are overrun with the insects only.

Otherwise, the insects may overrun the areas of your home that you are living in and bother you rather than going to the bowls filled with vinegar and dish washing liquid. By doing these steps, you can ensure that you will not be bothered by these insects anymore even if you are outdoors.

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Get Rid of Gnats Today

Do You Really Have Gnats?

The word "gnat" is used to describe a number of small, swarming, pesky creatures. These pests include non-biting fungus gnats, midges, biting flies, punkies and the always popular "no see um" insect of lore and fame. These annoying creatures relentlessly bother you with buzzing, bumping into your head, with a tenacious non-stop assault on your sanity. Gnats, however, can be controlled and repelled with a few simple remedies.

Slow Moving Gnats in Your House?

The fungus gnat and the related fruit fly are drawn to your home because it is a welcoming environment. Also known as vinegar flies, these gnats love the smell of rotten food, vinegar and overwatered plants. These gnats live for about four months and spend most of that time laying eggs for future generations of gnats. It is important to employ measures to get rid of gnats as soon as they appear in your house.

Can I Trap Indoor Gnats?

The fungus gnat can be trapped with an easily made home remedy using vinegar. Gnats and fruit flies are attracted to the smell of vinegar. Place some vinegar and sugar (dish washing detergent and vinegar also works) in a jar with a screw on cap. Punch holes in the cap like your childhood firefly jar large enough for the gnats to enter. Most gnats will not be able to get out and will drown in the vinegar. Several traps will work better than one. It's not the best smelling solution, but it is effective.

Keeping Indoor Gnats Away

Once you have made an attack on the existing swarm of gnats, you need to take steps to making your home less hospitable to them. Immediately discard of any food that has potential of being rotted, over-ripe or moldy. Check your garbage cans and the surrounding area to make sure no rotting food has accumulated in a corner. Your sink drain should also be checked thoroughly. Place any over-watered plants outside to dry out before returning them to an inside position.

Detestable Outdoor Gnats

These are the gnats that drive people crazy. These irritating, swarming, biting, annoying pests can really ruin an outdoor gathering. Other common terms for these insects are midges, biting flies, punkies and no see ums. DEET, the always outdoor companion, is an excellent way to repel them. Yes, products that contain DEET leave an unpleasant odor and a bit of a greasy feeling, but it really works very well. Citronella candles also deter gnats oo a lesser extent.

You Can Repel and Trap Gnats

You can trap and kill indoor fungus gnats and the related fruit fly with a simple homemade vinegar trap. It is important to do so before they lay their eggs. You should also eliminate any decaying and rotten food and check other areas that food may accumulate. Outdoor gnats, known by several other names, are virtually impossible to trap. The flying range of midges, biting flies and their like preclude a satisfactory trapping environment. It is best to simply repel these gnats with commercially available products containing DEET.