The most common gnats within a home are fungus gnats, which claim soil from plants as their habitat. Gnats inside a home can also be due to having fruit flies and/or phorid flies.
Fungus Gnats are black and maggot-like, and they often collect near windows. These gnats are not harmful to the plant's roots. One distinction to separate fruit flies and phorid flies from the fungus gnats is their color, brown. Fruit flies are specifically attracted to kitchen areas, and a dish full of vinegar can eradicate them. The fruit flies like vinegar and get stuck inside the dish. Phorid flies are actually from the sewer and plumbing lines, which can indicate a sewer or septic tank issue.Learn More
“Pecker gnats” is a slang term used when referring to gnats that gather around a dog’s genital area. Gnats feed on plant liquids, animal fluids and other insects, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica.Full Answer >
To eliminate fungus gnats, stop watering houseplants to allow the soil to dry out, and apply a biological agent or commercial insecticide to the soil. Use yellow sticky traps to capture adult gnats, and move damp materials outdoors to reduce gnats on the property.Full Answer >
There are a number of reasons that gnats will fly around a person's head, including the smell of a shampoo. Gnats are attracted to fruit smells, and a number of shampoo products have fruit fragrance added to the product.Full Answer >
Flies come from eggs. In the common housefly, these eggs are often laid in manure, wet compost, carrion, feces or other damp organic matter. After a few hours, they hatch into maggots.Full Answer >