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How to Repel Gnats?

Common gnat, Culex pipien, in front of white background

Common gnat, Culex pipien, in front of white background

Gnats are pesky little animals that like to congregate around humans for no reason at all. The face is the preferred gathering spot as you emit carbon dioxide during the breathing process. Gnats are attracted to this substance. Although they are very small, they tend to reproduce in large numbers and prefer warmth and moisture. If gnats like to hover around open trash cans or garbage drains, you can eliminate them although at times it feels like they live forever. This is due to their reproduction abilities. New ones just keep popping up. To get rid of gnats and prevent them from returning, there are a number of things you can do.

Keeping Gnats Away From You

Chemical repellants are the most effective way to keep gnats from taking up residence around your face and head. Look for products that contain either Deet or permethrin. The EPA has approved permethrin for use on everything from camping equipment to clothes. Some camping gear already comes treated with this product. The Deet spray and lotion must be reapplied frequently for maximum protection. If you prefer not to use chemicals on your body, consider rubbing basil or peppermint leaves on your skin. Gnats hate the smell and will stay away. You can also make a homemade gnat repellant spray using an ounce of canola and a combination of essential oils. You will need four drops each of cedar and lavender, two drops each of eucalyptus and rosemary and one drop of peppermint. Mix all together and spray on your body.

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Ridding Your Home of Gnats

Many options are available to remove these annoying little creatures from your home. You may choose to combine apple cider vinegar with dish soap in small glasses or jars. Cover with plastic wrap and poke a few holes in the plastic. Place these throughout the rooms where you see gnats and leave them. The gnats will be fascinated by this mixture and, when they enter the glass, they cannot escape. You also have the option of placing a rotting banana or apple by a door or window in your home. Once the gnats gather to feast, spray them with an insect spray.

Prevent Gnats From Moving In

Your best method of keeping the gnats at bay is to put a stop to them from coming in the first place. Window screens made of fine mesh will stop gnats from entering. If the gnats are congregating outside of your window, pine oil placed on a rag will keep them away. Also, watch the moisture level of your plants. If you tend to water too frequently, gnats will have the perfect breeding ground. Only use outside lights when necessary as this will bring gnats right to your door where they will come in every time you enter or exit. Use bleach products when cleaning and pour ammonia down your sink drains on a regular basis. Gnats will stay away as they do not like these odors. Properly dispose of trash as soon as possible as allowing it to build up will only encourage unwanted visitors.

Gnats will not harm you, but they can be very frustrating. If you have tried time and again to get rid of these pests, don’t despair. By taking precautionary measures, you can eliminate them from your house once and for all. Once they are removed, do everything you can to keep them away.

Allan

Allan Thomes has been a professional writer for 1 &1/2 years. He joined the THF Team in May, 2011. Along with the numerous other hobbies he enjoys, Allan spends many hours doing home remodeling projects, entertaining family and friends, and gardening.



  • http://cashwithatrueconscience.com/rbblog Ryan Biddulph

    Hi Allan,

    Good tips here. Living in Vietnam, gnats are quite the problem in this tropical locale…fighting them off as we speak ;)

    Thanks!

    Ryan

  • zebra1234

    Hi Ryan,
      Wow, must be nice living in Vietnam. : ) . Are the gnats bad there all year round or are they seasonal?

  • Joe Duggins

    The picture is of 2 galleynippers not gnats. I would think if you write about them you should know what they are?