Say Goodbye to Gnats and Fruit Flies

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Say goodbye to pesky gnats and fruit flies using 3 simple ingredients!

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One of the many annoying summertime insects is a gnat and for some reason this year they have been especially ANNOYING. I’m not typically bothered by them, but it seems like everywhere I go they are hanging out in swarms waiting on me.

I had heard using apple cider vinegar and dish soap would keep them away so off to give it a try.

Initially, I used a combination of water, vinegar, and dawn dish soap. I added it to a spray bottle and gave it a good shake. I sprayed around the porch. It seemed like there were fewer of them using this combo, but there were still enough of them to bother me.

After reading more I saw where some people were using the vinegar and dish soap without the water or only using a small amount of water.

Let’s give it a try!!!

We had gnats all in our pantry from an old potato in our potato box!

I filled the cup about 1/3-1/2 of the way with the vinegar, added a few squirts of dish soap and a splash of water, and sat the cup on the shelf!

Initially I thought it wasn’t going to work… I guess I expected the gnats to take off running to the cup ! I left the cup on the shelf overnight and bam… most of the gnats were gone and in the cup!

I’ve also read that this helps with fruit flies.

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  • Catherine Root Catherine Root on Jul 18, 2022

    Do you think it would work on mosquitoes? They are in my house & bite through our clothes! Ouch! I am allergic to most chemicals in bug sprays. Thank you. 🦟

  • Jerry Smith Jerry Smith on Jul 18, 2022

    I use straight apple cider vinegar and just a drop of blue Dawn (it breaks the tension on the surface of the vinegar so the little buggers can't escape) They can't resist the apple cider vinegar and they drown-YEAH! Dana

  • Denise Reinbott Brooks Denise Reinbott Brooks on Jul 25, 2022

    Does anyone have a suggestion for getting rid of ants?

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  • Carmen Carmen on Aug 02, 2022

    My husband buys these yellow sticky papers on Amazon and hangs them outside, next day full of mosquitoes and gnats. Sometimes a lizard gets stuck thinking what a great buffet of bugs but it’s seldom.

  • Ann Ann on Sep 23, 2022

    I use vinegar in a bowl with holes punched in it for fruit flies and it works pretty well.