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Gnats are annoying. There are no two ways about it. Things would be easier if there were a special spray that could clear them out. Even bleach doesn't always do the trick, and only a few DIY gnat traps are really that effective (looking at you, ACV). So, how do you get rid of a gnat infestation?
Clearing pesky drain flies doesn't have to be hard. Gnat control is easier than you think! These gnat traps are your ready-to-open solution for a sticky problem.
If you love a good DIY project, consider making a DIY gnat trap. One of our editors swears by the red wine method. She leaves a few drops of red wine in a disposable cup or wine bottle for the little pesky insects to well, basically drown in.
Don't forget about fruit fly prevention, though. Keeping fruits and veggies in the fridge will make all the difference, as also taking out the trash. Another way to prevent fruit flies is to make sure the food you washed off your plates isn't just sitting in the disposable, becoming a paradise for fruit flies.
Make sure to run the garbage disposal long enough for bits of fruits and veggies to go down correctly. And of course, feel free to take it up a notch by cleaning the disposal with a garbage disposal cleaner (or Dawn and bleach). Those poor gnats won't stand a chance this summer.
Best Gnat Traps
Best for Gardens
Say goodbye to small bowls lined with drops of liquid dish soap. No more tablespoons of apple cider vinegar traps covered in plastic wrap. This little Garsum butterfly-shaped trap will practically fly away with your house flies.
The glue traps are odorless and don't produce vapor, so homeowners can feel at peace with this non-toxic solution.
Best for Countertops and Trash
Terro Fruit Fly Traps have over 40,000 ratings. Nearly every single one says that whether your gnats arrived via indoor plants, came to taste your red wine, or drifted in on the smell of rotten fruit, this is the trap to get them out.
Best for Patios and Indoors
Trappify's hanging sticky traps will get rid of gnats in no time. The attachment hook is great to hang outdoors, in the garden, and especially around the patio. The center of the stick is empty, so it's sort of a mix between a pre-fab and homemade gnat trap that you fill yourself.
You can use whatever natural pest control attractant you want. Something with a tablespoon of sugar sounds about right. Kill gnat clouds with this trap on Amazon.
Best for Any Room (It'll Blend in Anywhere)
This is high-tech looking for sure, but it comes highly recommended (and at a great price). The light ring works like a zapper, but instead of buzzing and shocking flies, they are led into a sticky pad that captures them.
All in all, it's a fairly natural gnat trap that is silent, odorless, and makes it pretty hard for anyone to accidentally get stuck in some gummy glue.
Best for Houseplants
Safer Brands traps have a stake design that blends in with the leaves of your houseplants, so you can catch gnats right at the source. Put them in the garden or around your porch flower boxes. Drive them in, and then hang up that fly swatter. Your work is done.
Home improvement doesn't have to be a drastic remodel. Sometimes making your space more comfortable is as easy as clearing out some pesky bugs. Try these traps today!
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