Insects

How To Get Rid of Gnats on Plants

If you keep indoor plants and have experienced an infestation of gnats you may be wondering how to get rid of gnats on plants. Though gnats on outdoor plants are a common and expected thing it can be very annoying to have gnats flying all around the indoor plants inside a house. There are a few methods of how to get rid of gnats on plants.

One of the main problems with indoor plants is that gnats are attracted to dirt, soil, vegetation and anything they can breed in. Gnats will gravitate to the soil of indoor plants, breed and hatch their eggs in the soil. Gnats are most likely to do this in conditions that will support their eggs and the best condition for this is in very damp and healthy soil. One of the ways to stop the gnat breeding before it starts is to slightly underwater the indoor plants.

It is one thing to prevent the gnats but if the gnats are already there a person may be wondering how to get rid of gnats on plants. Once the gnats are already breeding in the soil and flying all around the plants it is the best idea to catch them faster than they can breed. One way to catch the gnats is to lure them into a trap by using something that they like. Gnats love strong smells and are very attracted to the pungent scent of vinegar.

Making a vinegar gnat trap can be easily done with items that can be already found in the home. Use a small jar that is leftover from something like pasta sauce or peanut butter. Clean the jar in the dishwasher so it is very clean and then fill it up half way with household vinegar. The vinegar will lure the gnats right into the jar. Poke tiny holes in the lid of the jar with a pin or another small pointy object so the gnats can crawl right into the jar but make sure the holes are small enough so they cannot crawl back out.

These vinegar traps can be used to trap the gnats but it is important to stop watering the household plants at the same time. If the soil dries out enough it will no longer be a supportive environment for the gnats to hatch their eggs. Eventually the new gnats will stop hatching and the living gnats will be trapped.

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