Common Reasons You Have Gnats in Your Home

Have you had enough of those tiny little flying insects that seem to multiply around your kitchen, pet bowls, and even household plants? These pesky insects are gnats and can be extremely annoying. Gnats are a common pest problem, which can require a call to the #1 pest company at the Lake of the Ozarks. The best indication you have a bug problem on your hands is seeing the adults fly about in the air. Best Pest Control can resolve gnat infestations so that you can get rid of them once and for all. It is crucial to locate the sources of the gnats to keep them from breeding. Here are some common places that you will find gnats in your home:

In Your Kitchen
Stop gnats from re-infesting by getting rid of their food supply. Gnats feed on food scraps that you leave in your kitchen. Some of the most frequent places in your kitchen that gnats will quickly lay eggs and inhabit are:
  • Food Sources - When you store food, make sure it is in an airtight container, and placed in a sealed cabinet or refrigerator. Keep an eye on fruit or keep it in the refrigerator to prevent it from becoming overripe, and attracting gnats. 
  • Trashcan- Do not give gnats a chance to live off of your discarded food. Food waste will also cause a gnat invasion. Make sure to change your trashcan regularly and wipe it out. Having a tight fitting lid will keep them from getting inside.
  • Sinks and Drains- Gnats are attracted to the old food or residual stuff down in the pipes and garbage disposal. Sink baskets, stoppers, and anything else that can have spoiled food on it can attract these flying pests. Try running a bunch of soapy water down the drain or filling the sink up with water and a small amount of bleach to keep these areas disinfected.
In Pet Bowls 
If you feed your pets wet food, you could end up with a gnat problem. Since gnats love moist places and leftover food, your pet's bowls can create an infestation. You need to clean and dry the pet bowls after each meal to ensure gnats don't take up residence in your pet's dinner bowl.

Inside Over-watered Houseplants 
Over-watered plants are the perfect breeding ground for gnats. They will lay their eggs in the soil. You can identify a gnat infestation on houseplants by clear larvae or gnats flying up from the soil. You will want to remove some of the soil and let it dry up. To keep this from happening, make sure your houseplants are damp rather than wet. Also ensure that your plants have adequate drainage.

Let Best Pest Control Solve Your Gnat Problem
While these insects are small in size and don't appear to be a big pest problem, they reproduce quickly and populate infested areas in swarms. This is how they become larger problems to homeowners. In order to properly treat gnat infestations, it is recommended to contact a Lake of the Ozarks pest control professional. Best Pest Control can properly remove gnats. They can locate any possible breeding sources so that they can treat them for any future re-infestations.


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