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Old 10-31-2008, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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Has anyone else had this problem? An invasion of Gnats in the house?

This has been going on for a week or two. I've been cleaning, trying to make sure that isn't the problem, and apparently it is not.

I went in to Wal-Mart yesterday evening to purchase something to take care of these nasty little critters and the lady at the counter told me that everyone has been coming in and complaining about the problem.

Apparently they are coming up through the drains and are VERY hard to get rid of.

I've sprayed, I've cleaned, and although it has limited them somewhat, they are still a bother.

Anyone else?
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Old 10-31-2008, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Gnats live in houseplants, too. If you have plants in your house, mix up a weak solution of dishwashing detergent (Dawn is great) and water, and put it in a spray bottle. Gently mist the plants, especially the soil in the pot. Your gnat problem will dramatically decrease!!
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Old 10-31-2008, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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Gnats live in houseplants, too. If you have plants in your house, mix up a weak solution of dishwashing detergent (Dawn is great) and water, and put it in a spray bottle. Gently mist the plants, especially the soil in the pot. Your gnat problem will dramatically decrease!!
Thanks for the advice. We don't have any houseplants, so they're not coming from there.

I hate those little buggers; I can't even set a plate of food out unattended for more than a few seconds for fear that one or two of them will be part of my next meal...
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
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We get them sometimes but not in large swarms. I don't have houseplants anymore and I keep the kitchen clean so I don't know why we still get them occasionally. Although when we DO have them they are attracted to my glass of red wine. Huh! Imagine that! I think I've ingested some bug protein now and then along with the wine.
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Old 10-31-2008, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Keller
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You can also get some spray at Home Depot called "Ortho Home Defense". It works great. You just spray the perimeter of the house inside and out (windows too). It doesn't stain carpet or walls and twice a year is all you need. I have zero bugs in the house.

Good luck!
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Old 10-31-2008, 04:52 PM
 
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Fortunately, I haven't had this problem (knock on wood!). Sorry to hear about the invasion of gnats, Syn! Good luck. Maybe today being Halloween will scare the hell out of them.
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Old 10-31-2008, 04:57 PM
 
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You can also get some spray at Home Depot called "Ortho Home Defense". It works great. You just spray the perimeter of the house inside and out (windows too). It doesn't stain carpet or walls and twice a year is all you need. I have zero bugs in the house.

Good luck!
I use that to and it works great, doesn't work to well against gnats though. They are not going to really be affected by that unless you happen to spray a nest of theirs, which can be extremely hard to find.

Make sure to keep the garbage disposal clean and drained, letting food sit down there attracts them for sure. Sometimes all it takes is one to enter your house from outside, they find their way in your trash or something and breed, then before you know it you have a whole bunch of them. If you get rid of the source they will disappear, finding the source is tough though. Good Luck.
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Old 10-31-2008, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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Fortunately, I haven't had this problem (knock on wood!). Sorry to hear about the invasion of gnats, Syn! Good luck. Maybe today being Halloween will scare the hell out of them.
Let's hope!

There appears to be an invasion in the area. I guess I could pour some chlorine down the drains to make sure that area is more sterile as well.


BTW, Happy Halloween everyone!
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Old 11-01-2008, 03:52 AM
 
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
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OMG... I am so glad that I'm not the only one. Yes this week has been horrible and I have found them in the kitchen only. There is never food left out or dirty dishes laying around. I've been bugging my teenage son thinking that he dropped some food that I can't find...

I also drop lots of chorine down the drain and the disposal side too and let it sit overnight. I cleaned the vent-a-hood too but the buggers are still around!!!

I have a contract with Orkin and they spray every few months around the perimeter and sometimes inside if I tell them to.

Just what the heck is attracting them? The problem is only in the kitchen.

Naima
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Old 11-01-2008, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Keller
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I hope the first freeze kills them out for you. Too bad they outlawed diazinon
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