Earlier in the summer, we explained how to get rid of those pesky mosquitoes. While gnats are a similar type of yard irritant and even though they actually don’t bite you, it seems like gnats stick around for longer, and they’re oh so annoying!
No one likes playing in the yard and having to constantly bat gnats away from your eyes, ears, and mouth. Luckily, there are ways you can take back control of your yard! Keep reading as our Hydro-Tech Irrigation team highlights some effective ways to get rid of those awful gnats so you can go back to enjoying your front and backyard.
- Eliminate Any Area With Excessive Moisture
Similar to mosquitoes, gnats can be found anywhere with lots of moisture. This includes areas like creeks, rivers, ponds, or any spot that has standing water, such as birdbaths, leaking pipes puddles, and overwatered plants. Once they find a place they like, they’ll lay their eggs, which usually take about three days to hatch. Eliminate any areas with excessive moisture, and you’ll be one step closer to a gnat-free yard!
- Draw Them In With Vinegar
An easy way to draw gnats in is by using a little mixture of vinegar and dish soap and putting it in a bowl or jar. This is especially effective in the kitchen if gnats have entered your home, but this can also be effective on your deck or front porch.
Gnats are drawn to the sweet scent, and once they land, the dish soap will keep them from escaping. Just make sure to change out the bowls regularly.
- Try Using Tiki Torches And Other Scented Candles
Much like spraying yourself with particular scents, burning candles or tiki torches can help keep gnats away as long as you use the right scents. Citronella is a natural bug repellent and will help to ward off more than just gnats.
If you don’t have or don’t want to buy a tiki torch, try using lavender or lemon-scented candle. It could be just enough to keep gnats from interrupting your outdoor gathering.
Gnats are the worst! If these suggestions haven’t gotten rid of those awful gnats, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Hydro-Tech Irrigation team today, and we can help!