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Natural Gnat Prevention Methods

No More Gnats!

Even though most gnats are not considered to be harmful or disease spreaders, they can still be quite annoying. Thankfully there are several ways to eliminate these bugs, which thrive in fungus and moisture.

How can I get rid of gnats?

There are several methods you can use to help you get rid of gnats without resorting to harmful pesticides, ranging from low-tech flyswatters to electronic devices to natural solutions you can make at home.

Flyswatters

These low-tech devices are usually lightweight, flexible racquet-like objects with a flat, perforated surface and a flexible handle, which allows quick acceleration when used to smash it against the insect.

Electric Swatters

An electrified version of the flyswatter, these lightweight devices combine the convenience of a swatter with the power of a bug zapper. They are built with a grid that generates electricity when the bug is manually swatted. The power of the electric grid ranges from 500 to 3,000 volts. Our Zapper Racket or Bug Zapper Racket are great options.

Gnat Zappers

These are devices that use light to attract bugs and then kill them with electricity when they come into contact with an electrical grid of high-voltage wires. Gnats, and mosquitos, would be attracted to our Zap Trap.

Carnivorous Plants

For those looking for a more exotic option, there are different types of carnivorous plants that can be used to control the pests in your garden or yard. Carnivorous plants attract gnats by luring them with sweet nectar and then digest bugs and insects as part of their diet. However, carnivorous plants require special care and appropriate weather conditions in order to grow.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Warm water and a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and sugar, plus some liquid soap in the mix, can work like a charm; the sweet combination of sugar and apple cider will catch their attention, while the stickiness of the soap will work as a trap.

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Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil can be used as an active ingredient to repel gnats, as the strong smell makes it difficult for them to breathe. Add a few drops to a solution of liquid soap and water and apply around your home to affected surfaces.



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