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post #11 of 13 Old 04-26-2014, 05:48 PM
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Do you have fruit trees nearby? Fruit or anything sweet smelling attract gnats. I have pear trees in my yard and sometimes the gnats can be pretty bad. Get you a gallon milk or water jug fill it about 1/4 full of water add some slices of fruit, cut up banana peels and orange peels also work. Hang it in the area near the swarm of gnats. The fruit smell will attract them. They will go inside to eat the fruit and drown. Just keep a check on it to make sure there is always water inside. Replenish with a fresh container every few days. Works for me.
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Do you have fruit trees nearby? Fruit or anything sweet smelling attract gnats. I have pear trees in my yard and sometimes the gnats can be pretty bad. Get you a gallon milk or water jug fill it about 1/4 full of water add some slices of fruit, cut up banana peels and orange peels also work. Hang it in the area near the swarm of gnats. The fruit smell will attract them. They will go inside to eat the fruit and drown. Just keep a check on it to make sure there is always water inside. Replenish with a fresh container every few days. Works for me.

that is a great idea -- that is a pretty awesome idea
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Gnats or midges (both biting and non biting) refer to flies below a certain size from the suborder Nematocera. The names are interchangeable. They breed in moist, warm locations and are attracted to decaying material, carbon dioxide sources and sweet smells. Spreading manure, removing rotting plant material and avoiding sweet smells can help. Swat is great for targeted areas like ears. Sprays that contain permethrins, dish soap (lemon or citrus scented with few harsh ingredients) a few drops in a small squirt bottle mixed with a little baking soda can help when sprayed directly on them as it kills them. For traps a couple of spoonfuls of apple cider vinegar, one of sugar and several drops of dishsoap mixed in a quart of water is more pleasant to deal with than rotting fruit water but both work. Adding fresh vinegar after a few days refreshes the solution and when there are a layer of the offending insects dump and start over.
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