Removing food and water sources is an effective method of controlling gnat populations. Fungus gnats, the type most commonly found in homes, thrive in areas where potted plants, gardens and compost are found. A shovel, sand, a small lidded jar, vinegar and dish detergent are tools needed to eliminate gnats. The process of reducing gnat populations may take several weeks, and requires removing excess water from gardens and lawns, covering compost bins and placing traps for gnats inside the home.Know More
Turn mulch at least twice monthly to reduce trapped moisture. Remove any standing water, and clean features, such as fountains, weekly.
Pour 1/2 to 1 inch of sand over areas that collect moisture in the garden to eliminate breeding grounds for gnats. Treat houseplants by replacing the top 2 inches of potting soil with sand to eliminate any larvae that may have been deposited in the plants.
To make a trap for gnats, poke holes in the lid of a small jar, then add vinegar and 3 to 5 drops of liquid dish detergent. Place the traps in areas where adult gnats are most noticeable.
Look for areas of excessive moisture in the home. Apply dust insect repellent to the affected areas, and remove moisture from the home so the springtails will not return.Full Answer >
Removal from a house is accomplished by redirecting woodpeckers to a nearby location or by making the area less enticing. Redirection involves providing a nearby source for what they are seeking, which is generally insects or a place to nest. The home can be made less enticing by placing objects around it that scare the woodpecker. The Migratory Bird Act prohibits injuring or capturing a woodpecker.Full Answer >
Insecticide sprays, glue traps and regular cleaning and maintenance of the home are necessary to eliminate spiders. A professional exterminator may be required if the infestation is severe.Full Answer >
Bug zappers, liquid termiticides and baiting systems are effective ways of getting rid of flying termites. However, flying termites are typically a sign of a larger, active termite colony that must be stamped out.Full Answer >