How to get rid of gnats is one of the most popular topics on GetGreenBeWell.com. The number of comments that I get about frustrated gardeners who have infestations of gnats on their house plants and outdoors is surprising! Gnats on plants is a serious problem and it’s driving y’all crazy.
Trust me. I know.
I had a major gnat problem because I bought this type of bagged soil – even though it was organic.
The gnats that came out of that potting soil drove me crazy! Or maybe you have gnats on your plants for some other reason. Either way, the flying little bugs are annoying.
They can also seem impossible to kill. Especially if you don’t want to be spraying potentially toxic chemicals in the air of your home trying to catch the little things.
I’ve noticed my readers are gravitating towards three certain types of non-toxic gnat control with products that kill gnats naturally. These products sell again and again each month.
So I wanted to share with you what other home gardeners are doing to kill gnats on their houseplants and inside the home, as well as gnats in the garden outside.
How to Kill Gnats: Three Ways
There are different methods of killing gnats. They are:
- Systemic (meaning that you put something in the soil to kill gnats from reproducing)
- Sticky Traps
All of these different ways of how to get rid of gnats work. It depends on your preference, and how much time you want to spend in taking care of the problem. For instance, systemic treatments might work more effectively over the long term, but they’ll take several days to see results. Sticky traps and sprays will work immediately, but you’ll probably have to use them frequently until you get rid of the source of the gnats.
These methods of how to get rid of gnats can all be non-toxic. The sticky traps are among the most non-toxic. You don’t have to worry about sprays in the air or mixing solutions.
The systemic options are smart, too, because you add them to the soil, rather than spray. There is less chance in exposure to the product if it goes in the soil and you don’t touch it (or pets or children don’t play in it).
The sprays are among the gnat control products that you would have the most possible exposure to, as far as inhalation. Be sure to choose one with natural ingredients, such as the option below.
How to Get Rid of Gnats
These are among the most effective ways of how to kill gnats. Removing the source of the gnat infestation is always the best way. Sometimes you don’t know what the source is, or can’t remove it. Then these products will work to kill gnats.
No pesticides are used in these cute butterfly shaped stakes that you insert in your houseplants. Instead, the sticky substance catches all kinds of flying insects, including gnats, to kill them naturally and without chemical sprays.
Not as cute, but also effective are these yellow sticky traps. Why yellow? It’s what attracts the gnats.
(Who knew, right?!?)
A biological larvicide that kills fungus gnats‘ larvae – this product is mixed into water. It’s effective in 24-48 hours. The ingredients are OMRI listed (I didn’t know about OMRI until I researched these products for gardens, but it’s a good thing!).
I’ve used Garden Safe products with great success. If you’re looking for a spray to kill bugs on contact and when you specifically see them, then this insect spray is a good choice.