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gnats, and how to get rid of them?
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gnats, and how to get rid of them?
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Last summer I left my houseplants in the shade outside. I am finding gnats now, hanging around my houseplants. One or 2 isn't a problem, but there's more.
How can I get rid of them? They are simple ivy plants...I've used vinegar and water, and that doesn't work.
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01-27-2013 02:40 AM

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I like gnats. doomed
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To make the homemade gnat traps you will need the following items.
Soda bottle: this can be a two or three liter bottle.
Sharp knife: this will be needed to cut the top off the bottle.
Vinegar: apple cider works the best, but you can use regular white if that's all you have on hand.
Sugar: just plain granulated sugar.
Water: enough water to fill the bottle half full.

1. Rinse out the soda bottle.

2. Using a sharp knife, carefully go down about two inches from the top of the soda bottle and cut the bottle top off. You Don't want to cut to much or the top will not stay on your gnat trap when you turn it upside down. (See picture 1)

3. Fill the bottle with the vinegar (1/2 cup), sugar (1/2 cup), and enough water to fill the bottle half full. You can stir the liquid mixture around to mix the sugar in. Don't fill the bottle to full, or the gnats will be able to escape. The liquid should not be touching the opening of the bottle.

4. Place the soda bottle top that you cut off on the bottle upside down. The opening of the bottle should be inside the bottle. If you find the top keeps falling inside the bottle you can use a piece of duck tape to keep it in place. ( See picture 2)

http://voices.yahoo.com/how-rid-gnats-ho...38583.html
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01-27-2013 02:43 AM

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Spray the porch ceiling around the lights with surface spray . Leave the lights on all night a few times . They are attracted to the lights and settle on the ceiling , the floor will be littered with them in the morning .

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Thank you so much both of you! I will try the bottle thing. I have poured stuff down the drains, caught them in mid air..you name it...just didn't feel very successful because I'll be damned if there isn't another one flying around in my face every time I turn around it seems.
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01-27-2013 02:56 AM

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r swat atem but youwill never hitem jus drink the soa an a fifth of scotch you wont even notice em.Scream1
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A sledgehammer

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The gnats are probably fungus gnats.. harmless but the eggs and larvae are in the soil. They will eat the roots and probably could kill the plant.

You can let the soil thoroughly dry out to kill the larvae or you need to replace all the soil and wash out the pots with soapy water. Do this outside.

I was thinking soapy water spray but the gnats do not live on the plants like white flies and aphids.

Scratchinghead How about a vacuum with the under the fridge attachment on the hose?

Link to some more info: https://www.google.com/search?source=ig&...0mDaUwiqjo

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burn the house down. use plenty of gasoline (high test preferred)
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Olin  Wrote: (01-27-2013 02:57 AM)
The gnats are probably fungus gnats.. harmless but the eggs and larvae are in the soil. They will eat the roots and probably could kill the plant.

You can let the soil thoroughly dry out to kill the larvae or you need to replace all the soil and wash out the pots with soapy water. Do this outside.

I was thinking soapy water spray but the gnats do not live on the plants like white flies and aphids.

Scratchinghead How about a vacuum with the under the fridge attachment on the hose?

Link to some more info: https://www.google.com/search?source=ig&...0mDaUwiqjo

yeah, I thought they were probably living in the soil. I used a bit of vinegar and water, and watered the plants with that, but it didn't do me much good. I've poured the bleach down drains, and tried the vinegar and soda down the drain...I'm gonna just buy more soil, and change pots I guess, and keep a bottle trap with vinegar out, and maybe after all that, they'll find someone else to bother...
thanks
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gnats, and how to get rid of them?
UcDat  Wrote: (01-27-2013 02:42 AM)
To make the homemade gnat traps you will need the following items.
Soda bottle: this can be a two or three liter bottle.
Sharp knife: this will be needed to cut the top off the bottle.
Vinegar: apple cider works the best, but you can use regular white if that's all you have on hand.
Sugar: just plain granulated sugar.
Water: enough water to fill the bottle half full.

1. Rinse out the soda bottle.

2. Using a sharp knife, carefully go down about two inches from the top of the soda bottle and cut the bottle top off. You Don't want to cut to much or the top will not stay on your gnat trap when you turn it upside down. (See picture 1)

3. Fill the bottle with the vinegar (1/2 cup), sugar (1/2 cup), and enough water to fill the bottle half full. You can stir the liquid mixture around to mix the sugar in. Don't fill the bottle to full, or the gnats will be able to escape. The liquid should not be touching the opening of the bottle.

4. Place the soda bottle top that you cut off on the bottle upside down. The opening of the bottle should be inside the bottle. If you find the top keeps falling inside the bottle you can use a piece of duck tape to keep it in place. ( See picture 2)

http://voices.yahoo.com/how-rid-gnats-ho...38583.html
This works quite well, however after I did it, I felt so guilty! They get trapped in there and eventually succumb to exhaustion and drown. I'd like to find a quicker death for them but haven't yet. It's just heartbreaking to see them trapped and dying a slow and painful death. Tissue
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Post: #12
gnats, and how to get rid of them?
ThreshingSword  Wrote: (01-27-2013 04:17 AM)
UcDat  Wrote: (01-27-2013 02:42 AM)
To make the homemade gnat traps you will need the following items.
Soda bottle: this can be a two or three liter bottle.
Sharp knife: this will be needed to cut the top off the bottle.
Vinegar: apple cider works the best, but you can use regular white if that's all you have on hand.
Sugar: just plain granulated sugar.
Water: enough water to fill the bottle half full.

1. Rinse out the soda bottle.

2. Using a sharp knife, carefully go down about two inches from the top of the soda bottle and cut the bottle top off. You Don't want to cut to much or the top will not stay on your gnat trap when you turn it upside down. (See picture 1)

3. Fill the bottle with the vinegar (1/2 cup), sugar (1/2 cup), and enough water to fill the bottle half full. You can stir the liquid mixture around to mix the sugar in. Don't fill the bottle to full, or the gnats will be able to escape. The liquid should not be touching the opening of the bottle.

4. Place the soda bottle top that you cut off on the bottle upside down. The opening of the bottle should be inside the bottle. If you find the top keeps falling inside the bottle you can use a piece of duck tape to keep it in place. ( See picture 2)

http://voices.yahoo.com/how-rid-gnats-ho...38583.html
This works quite well, however after I did it, I felt so guilty! They get trapped in there and eventually succumb to exhaustion and drown. I'd like to find a quicker death for them but haven't yet. It's just heartbreaking to see them trapped and dying a slow and painful death. Tissue

Lmao

You could get a bunch of spiders and let them loose in your house. There ya go. Lmao
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01-27-2013 04:25 AM

 



Post: #13
gnats, and how to get rid of them?
Pi  Wrote: (01-27-2013 04:19 AM)
ThreshingSword  Wrote: (01-27-2013 04:17 AM)
UcDat  Wrote: (01-27-2013 02:42 AM)
To make the homemade gnat traps you will need the following items.
Soda bottle: this can be a two or three liter bottle.
Sharp knife: this will be needed to cut the top off the bottle.
Vinegar: apple cider works the best, but you can use regular white if that's all you have on hand.
Sugar: just plain granulated sugar.
Water: enough water to fill the bottle half full.

1. Rinse out the soda bottle.

2. Using a sharp knife, carefully go down about two inches from the top of the soda bottle and cut the bottle top off. You Don't want to cut to much or the top will not stay on your gnat trap when you turn it upside down. (See picture 1)

3. Fill the bottle with the vinegar (1/2 cup), sugar (1/2 cup), and enough water to fill the bottle half full. You can stir the liquid mixture around to mix the sugar in. Don't fill the bottle to full, or the gnats will be able to escape. The liquid should not be touching the opening of the bottle.

4. Place the soda bottle top that you cut off on the bottle upside down. The opening of the bottle should be inside the bottle. If you find the top keeps falling inside the bottle you can use a piece of duck tape to keep it in place. ( See picture 2)

http://voices.yahoo.com/how-rid-gnats-ho...38583.html
This works quite well, however after I did it, I felt so guilty! They get trapped in there and eventually succumb to exhaustion and drown. I'd like to find a quicker death for them but haven't yet. It's just heartbreaking to see them trapped and dying a slow and painful death. Tissue

Lmao

You could get a bunch of spiders and let them loose in your house. There ya go. Lmao

Yeah, trapping something till it dies isn't my idea of fun, but setting my fresh cup of coffee down, only to find a gnat floating in it, really bites.
I've been catching them mid-air mid-hands...LOL...and I actually have brought other bugs in to eat them....the ones they could, that is...I've lost several ladybug friends I found outside freezing because I brought them in to put in my plants. I have a huge fish aquarium though, and I think alot of that is my problem...the water...
I don't buy soda in bottles, so I'll have to get one and post results at a later date....one day I aim to be gnat-free...it's a simple dream......
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gnats  Wrote: (01-27-2013 02:38 AM)
Last summer I left my houseplants in the shade outside. I am finding gnats now, hanging around my houseplants. One or 2 isn't a problem, but there's more.
How can I get rid of them? They are simple ivy plants...I've used vinegar and water, and that doesn't work.

Um...get frogs or lizards.
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Olin  Wrote: (01-27-2013 02:57 AM)
The gnats are probably fungus gnats.. harmless but the eggs and larvae are in the soil. They will eat the roots and probably could kill the plant.

You can let the soil thoroughly dry out to kill the larvae or you need to replace all the soil and wash out the pots with soapy water. Do this outside.

I was thinking soapy water spray but the gnats do not live on the plants like white flies and aphids.

Scratchinghead How about a vacuum with the under the fridge attachment on the hose?

Link to some more info: https://www.google.com/search?source=ig&...0mDaUwiqjo

you win! Lmao

buy new soil, take the plants outside and UN-pot them, rinse all the dirt from the roots and repot. Then add a 2 inch layer of pea gravel to the top of the dirt. Fungus gnats can't get to the dirt to lay eggs. within 2 days the remainder of the gnats will disappear.
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