Gnats and fruit flies can be a real pain, especially when you keep fresh fruits and vegetables from your garden around the house. If you have a gnat infestation, and you’re looking for a way to get rid of them but you don’t want to spray chemicals everywhere, try one of these DIY gnat traps.
The Vinegar Trap
To make your trap, you’ll just need a few household items, including:
- A mason jar
- A lid
- Apple cider vinegar
First, take your lid and poke several holes in it. You may want to use a punch or a sharp knife. Whatever you use, be safe. A cut finger is worse than even the biggest gnat or fruit fly invasion.
Next, fill the jar at least two-thirds with your apple cider vinegar, put the lid on the jar, and place it in an area where you often see gnats. Go about your day and then come back to see how many flies you’ve caught in your trap.
The Fruit and Soap Trap
This trap involves a couple more items, and you don’t want to leave it out too long, or it’ll start to smell. Take a large bowl and add about an inch of water to the bottom. Then add a few drops of dish soap to the water (this will help the gnats sink instead of floating on the surface). Place some fruit in a smaller bowl and put it inside the larger bowl. Cover the trap with plastic wrap and poke several holes in it. Place the trap in a gnat-infested area and wait for the gnats to collect.
Either of these traps can greatly reduce the number of gnats in your home. To get rid of them completely, be sure to compost old fruit and vegetables and keep your kitchen clean and free of any rotting food materials.
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