Where Do Gnats Come From

Do you wonder where do gnats come from? They're the tiny, annoying bugs hovering around your fruit and sink and plants. Not only are they gross, they can be extremely difficult to get rid of. If you know where gnats come from though, you'll have a better chance of keeping them out of your house.

One of the most common places to find gnats are in plants around your house. Gnats are drawn to the moist soil of plants, where they lay their eggs. Overwatering your plants or not giving them enough drainage can contribute to an influx of gnats, as well as give them the opportunity to lay some of the hundreds of eggs they can lay during their lifespan.

Other types of gnats live in different sources of water. There are freshwater gnats, called non-biting midges, which survive on the algae in the water. These gnats are less likely to come into your home, but if they do, they won't bite.

Then there are biting midges, which love some types of fruit as well as plants. You may also find them in mud, particularly after a rain storm when the mud will be especially moist.

The underlying theme with all of these types of gnats is that they love and need moisture. If you are having a gnat problem in your home, try to eliminate these types of environments so that the gnats don't have a food supply or a place to lay their eggs. Be careful with plants, making sure to give them proper drainage, and keep food off of countertops or out in the open.

If this doesn't work, you can pour vinegar into a jar (such as an empty jam jar), and make holes in the lid. The gnats will be attracted to the vinegar and will climb into the jar but will be unable to get back out.

Once you have gotten rid of the gnats in your home, take precautions to keep them from coming back. This means making sure that food is properly stored and water is not readily available for the bugs.

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