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How to Get Rid of Gnats

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With warm weather comes a noticeable increase in gnat activity, both inside and outside the home. Fortunately, learning how to get rid of gnats is a simple task that requires just a few supplies. This guide will teach you how to get rid of gnats outside, in your house, in your plants and prevent them from returning.


A close up of a gnat.

Gnats become a nuisance when they start to swarm around something that attracts them. They are primarily attracted to sweet and fruity scents, but many species of gnats are also drawn to water and 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. 

Fruits, vegetables and flowers growing in your garden can also appeal to gnats. Harvesting produce regularly and clearing away overripe produce and organic waste can help keep the natural gnat population low. Additionally, avoid overwatering your lawn and garden, as doing so can promote the growth of fungus that serves as the primary food source of certain gnat species.  

Inside the home, gnats can be attracted to unsealed produce, fresh flowers, houseplants, food spillage and open or overflowing garbage cans. Gnats may also live in sink drains where food residue can collect. Dirty kitchen sink drains can provide food, water, shelter and breeding sites to many fly species.  

Adult female gnats can lay up to 300 eggs in their short, 10-day lifespan, so it is important to find a complete solution for how to get rid of gnats in your house. Getting rid of gnats completely and for the long-term will likely require multiple treatments and preventative measures. 

A person opens a gnat trap over a bucket in a kitchen full of houseplants. .

Trap - Fungus Gnats

Fungus Gnats - Bug Zappers

Feature/Benefits Use on gnats in flight or on infestation areas. Kills quickly and effectively. Catches and kills gnats and other flying insects. Best used in areas with a high concentration of gnats.  Uses light to attract gnats and other flying insects. Kills on contact. Ideal for persistent, outdoor infestations. Recommended For Indoor and outdoor use, depending on the type of spray. Indoor and outdoor use. Outdoor use only. Other Considerations Not all sprays are safe around people and pets. Follow manufacturer’s instructions and use as directed. Only catches adult gnats and does not account for larvae and eggs. May not be aesthetically pleasing inside a home. Must regularly clean catch tray. Not intended for indoor use. A DIY gnat trap filled with caught gnats next to a wine bottle, vinegar bottle and dish soap bottle.A woman uses a spray bottle to spritz a large houseplant.A person scrubs a kitchen sink with a sponge.

Gnats can be difficult to control, but a combination of store-bought treatments, DIY treatments and preventative actions can eliminate troublesome gnat infestations. Whichever methods you choose, you can find the supplies you need to get rid of gnats using The Home Depot app. Search by voice or image and let our app find products for you.


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