Bathroom Gnat Infestations and How to Get Rid of Them
Female gnats will lay up to 300 eggs in their incredibly short lifespans. As a result, the start of a gnat infestation in your drains can quickly become an overwhelming problem. They can take over your home in a matter of days if the problem isn’t dealt with.
Moisture in the drains of your bathroom drains and pipes make for the perfect breeding grounds for gnat populations. This is because fungus will also grow in these places.
Getting Rid of Gnats in Your Bathroom
There are many ways that you can get rid of gnats in your bathroom drains. These methods can range from natural, organic means to more industrial techniques, depending on the severity of your infestation.
Bathroom BEAPCO Fruit Fly Traps
These fly traps use a non-toxic solution to lure the gnats into the trap. Place the traps near the gnat-infested areas and wait until they are full of dead gnat flies. Then repeat as needed.
These traps can be used for up to 30 days and, when full, can be disposed of in any trash can. It is recommended that you set up multiple traps at any given time to maximize the coverage area.
Fruit Fly Drain Treatments
This product is an option for you is you want to treat the drains directly. The main ingredient of this drain treatment will be citronella, which is a natural bug repellent. This treatment will kill many of the gnat flies and will repel the remainder.
Bathroom Candle Trap Setup
This trap setup only requires a tray and a candle. Additionally, you may add dish soap.
At night, you will close the curtains or blinds in your bathroom. Make sure that the room is completely dark. Place your candle in the tray or bowl filled with water, and set this combination near the fly-infested area. With the room completely dark, the only light source will be the lit candle.
The gnat flies will get close to the candle. They will go to either the flame of the candle itself or the reflection of the flame in the water. The candle flame will burn the gnats’ wings, and they will fall in the bowl or tray. Any flies that avoid the actual flame will go to the reflection in the water and will drown.
Adding a few drops of dish soap to the water in the bowl will make escape impossible for the gnat flies.
Bleach in the Drains and Baking Soda on Surfaces
One of the easiest ways to destroy an infestation or prevent one in the future is to pour bleach down the drains. Bleach will effectively clear away any organic debris or food sources for the gnats. It will also destroy the eggs and larvae of gnats.
If you think there may be gnat eggs lining your tub or sink, you don’t have to use a harsh bleach to get rid of them.
Create a thick paste of baking soda and hot water. You will then be able to apply this paste to the inside of your tub or sink. Make sure you use thick layers. Then allow it to stand for at least five minutes. After that, you’ll use a nylon brush to scrub these surfaces. Rinse with hot water, and any eggs that may have been attached to these surfaces will be gone.
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