Gnats love damp areas. These small flying insects feed on decaying material, and they leave their eggs in wet soil. You will see them on overripe fruits, garbage cans, plants, drains, and other such areas. These small insects reproduce fast and can be a nuisance if you do not deal with them. Once these insects are in your home, they feed on compost, fungus, potatoes going bad, algae, overripe fruits, and decaying organic matter. Here are common sources of gnats in a home.
Gnat Eggs in Everyday Items
You can bring in gnat eggs and larvae unknowingly through the soil in house plants, through pieces of fruits, and some grocery items. These eggs hatch and the larvae develop and soon you have so many gnats in your home. You can ensure that does not happen by ensuring you do not get potted plants from a place infested with gnats and you do not buy overripe fruits and grocery that is almost going bad at the store.
Fungus Gnats: House Plants
If you overwater your house plants, you attract fungus gnats in large numbers. These gnats love wet soil. The soil with excess water causes the plant root and stem to start rotting, causing a fungal infection problem. The rotting material attracts, gnats and they thrive there. They will then lay their eggs in the soil so that their larvae can access the rotting material for food.
Gnats: Uncovered Drains
The drain pipes may have a lot of organic material. Gnats love feeding on the material and laying their eggs there. When these eggs hatch, their larvae and the pupa continue feasting on the material, and this causes a gnat infestation.
Fruit Flies: Leftover Food
If there is decaying food in your house, it will attract gnats. The foul odor from the food is an attraction, and they love feasting on the food and leaving their eggs on it. These gnats come in from the small homes in window screens and in vents in your house until they locate the food. Ensure this does not happen by disposing off leftover food before it starts to go bad.
Gnats: Garbage Cans
Is there an uncovered garbage can near your house? Such a garbage heap may have decomposing material that release odor that can attract gnats. These gnats can then find their way into your home.
You need to keep gnats off by ensuring there are no decomposing items in your home. You can kill them with tea tree oil or repel them with lemongrass oil. However, you need to keep them off by ensuring there is no food substrate for them to feast on.
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