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Thread: Gnat control

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    I have these too. They are actually fungus gnats and are attracted to produce or house plant dirt. They have nested in my drains too. I have taken a plastic peanut butter jar and drilled a hole in the lid the size of a straw and inserted a short piece of the straw so it was even with the top of the lid and the bottom was about 1/4 to 1/3 down in the inside of the jar. I then have put small pieces of old fruit in the jar and I think you could use the vinegar solution so it in in the very bottom of the jar but a good distance from the bottom of the straw. The Gnats will go down the straw to get to the goodies and not be able to get back out. My daughter also used a banana skin in a plastic bag and leaving it in the sink overnight and the gnats go in and then in the morning close the bag quickly and take it outside and if you want keep it closed in some way and put it in the sun. Cooked gnats.
    They can be a pest. I had a swarm in a bag of potting soil that I opened in doors.
    Lynda

    Quote Originally Posted by kuntryquilter View Post
    I don't understand gnats in the house, they are usually an outside problem. Are you speaking about 'fruit flies'? If so my exterminator told me to put 2 tablespoons of bleach down all drains at least once a month. The drains are where they breed. No more fruit flies.

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    Does the bounce sheets have to be scented? I can't do scents. But I sure would like to find a solution to skeeters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lwbuchholz View Post
    I have these too. They are actually fungus gnats and are attracted to produce or house plant dirt. They have nested in my drains too. I have taken a plastic peanut butter jar and drilled a hole in the lid the size of a straw and inserted a short piece of the straw so it was even with the top of the lid and the bottom was about 1/4 to 1/3 down in the inside of the jar. I then have put small pieces of old fruit in the jar and I think you could use the vinegar solution so it in in the very bottom of the jar but a good distance from the bottom of the straw. The Gnats will go down the straw to get to the goodies and not be able to get back out. My daughter also used a banana skin in a plastic bag and leaving it in the sink overnight and the gnats go in and then in the morning close the bag quickly and take it outside and if you want keep it closed in some way and put it in the sun. Cooked gnats.
    They can be a pest. I had a swarm in a bag of potting soil that I opened in doors.
    Lynda
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    I use for flies - a zip lock bag with water in it. punch a hole above the zip and use a suction thing to put it on my window of my door of my house. flies do not want to go past it. while in Branson I saw this on a resturant door and on the door of the fish hatchery. had 2 flies in my house last year.
    for crawling things outside I use diatomeicous earth. works wonderful and does not harm earthworms.

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    It works. I have a deep old peanut butter lids and some old ramekins. Doesn't take much. Dang, hate when they try to go up your nose at that all important part on the sewing project. or when they land in your last cup of coffee.

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    Gnats also like acrylic paint, so if you are using that, you can end up with them flying around! Be sure to keep them covered or you'll end up with paint filled with gnats.

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    One of my friends had them, and the pest man told her to pour a jug of bleach down the drains. It got rid of them.

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    shuddering.............gnats in your ears, nose and eyes are bad!! we have them at farm during hot weather so I cant see how to use around me while being outside doing anything, Guess im gonna have to use on washcloth and hang around my neck with the vinegar/soap solution??
    take plenty of pic of family & friends, keep tabs on loved ones but make time for yourself !

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    NanaCSews, I think vinegar is for the fruit smell. I think you could use fruit juice--the detergent is so that the gnats drown. It takes away the surface tension away. I stayed with a woman who had a big garden and she had flys. She had a pitcher plant and a venus fly trap, and the flies could all be found around those plants. I will warn you though I guess those plants put out a very strong smell that is attractive to flies and such, so instead of a few, she had 20 or so!
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