Flying bugs can be a nuisance; they might seem to be a stubborn problem that appears never to go away. They can be a particular problem if you are growing plants indoors. Take a look at our grow lights guide. However, you can rely on DIY solutions that will help you nip the problem in the bud. Below are six traps that can be the answer you seek.
1. A Fruit Fly Trap
One of the most efficient ways of dealing with gnats is with the use of a fruit fly trap. You can purchase the disposable trap, place it next to a fly or gnat infested area, and leave the lid open. You will find many dead insects the following day.
2. A Candle Trap
For this to work, you will need a candle. Lit it up and place it in a bowl or on a tray filled with water that you have placed on the infested section of the room or house. Then turn off the light to only have the candle as the only source of light; that means blocking out any other sources of light, including outside sources.
The DIY trap works in two ways. (1), any gnats that get close to the flame will have their wings burnt, and they fall into the water and drown. (2)The insects might be drawn to the water’s reflection and will not escape once they land in the water. A few drops of dish soap in the water will help increase its effectiveness.
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3. Rotten Fruits
The idea might sound odd and counterproductive, but it does work. Most gnats, especially fruit flies, love rotten fruits because of their fermented scent. Therefore, a piece of rotten fruit in a bowl or container covered with a plastic wrap with a few holes will be the trap you need. The insects will push through the tiny holes to reach the fruit and get trapped inside the container.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar Trap
Vinegar is one of the most products that you will find in most households. It can be used for cleaning and even preparing some dishes. You can use it to get rid of fruit flies and gnats. For this, you will need some apple cider vinegar, water, dish soap, and sugar.
To create the trap, mix a few drops of dish soap with two tablespoons of the vinegar in a container. Then add a tablespoon of sugar and half a cup of warm water. Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves then place the solution in the areas infested by the unwelcomed insects, such as your kitchen sink.
The sugar and vinegar will have a scent that draws in the flies into the container, and they then get trapped once they touch the solution thanks to the dish soap. Please note that one trap might not be enough; therefore, you should make a few and distribute them evenly.
5. Stale Wine
If you have any stale wine that you are less likely going to drink, you can use it to help with the gnat infestation. It will work the same way as the apple cider vinegar trap. You also can use beer or any other kind of fermented beverage, especially any that has a fruity aroma.
Pour the wine into a container or use it while it is in the bottle, placing it at the heart of the infestation problem. The wine’s scent will attract the insects into the container where they get trapped and drown after they touch the liquid. You can increase the effectiveness of this DIY wine trap by adding some dish soap.
6. A Sticky Fly Trap
If you have a severe gnat infestation, then consider using sticky fly traps. Distribute a few of these traps around the infested rooms and let them handle the insect problem. The bugs will be drawn to the trap and will not escape after they land on the sticky surface.
The traps mentioned above can be useful when you want to get rid of other kinds of household insects, such as whiteflies, pantry moths, fungus gnats, and cloth moths.