What is Attracting All Those Gnats?

Gnats are a common pest problem that can be extremely annoying. And if left unchecked, can require a call to the #1 pest company at the Lake of the Ozarks to get rid of. 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 things that may be attracting gnats to hang out in and around your home:

No Surprise... Your Kitchen Offers So Much for Gnats!
Gnats are primarily attracted to sweet and fruity scents, so the kitchen is often where you'll find these pesky pests hanging around. 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. 
  • Trash Can - 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.
Overwatered Houseplants Make the Perfect Breeding Ground
Many species of gnats are also drawn to water. Over-watering plants in and around your home can inadvertently be creating a 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.

They're Actually Attracted to YOU!
Another attractant for gnats is body heat, which is why they tend to fly around both people and pets. Perspiration and even the moisture of your eyes and nose can draw in gnats. They also have receptors that attract them to the carbon dioxide we expel when we breathe, much like mosquitoes. This puts a big target on our faces when it comes to gnats.

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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