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.
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 >
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 >
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 >
Get rid of mice by setting poisons around the house; killing them using food baits and spring-loaded traps; capturing them with live-catch traps or glue traps and removing them by hand; driving them out by removing all food and water sources; or repelling them with natural animal predators like cats or mouse catcher dogs. Another method is the use of a chemical or natural spray or an electronic repelling device.Full Answer >