gnat on a leaf outside a knoxville home

HOW TO IDENTIFY GNATS

Gnats are a very small member of the fly family; there are many species of gnats that can feed either on plants, insects, or blood; they can be biting or non-biting.  The one most common species of gnat to have invaded homes is the fungus gnat.  Fungus gnats have a thin body, long legs and a long antenna; and are grayish-black in color with smoky colored wings.

WHY DO I HAVE A GNAT PROBLEM?

Gnats generally enter into a home while foraging for a source of food.  In the case of the fungus gnat they are attracted to moist wet soil and outside can often be found around wet mulch, soil, and compost piles.  Fungus gnats often enter inside of homes in the soil of potted plants.  They are attracted to light and can enter through small openings in screens and around windows and doors.  Other species may enter into your home to feed on ripe or decaying fruit and vegetables.

ARE GNATS DANGEROUS?

Gnats are generally considered to be nuisance pests.  Gnats can reproduce very fast and a small infestation within your home can quickly become a large one.  It is advisable to eliminate gnats from your home as quickly as possible since they can feed on food being stored in kitchen and pantry areas, damage house plants, and introduce bacteria into your home.   

HOW DO I CONTROL GNATS?

The best way to get rid of gnats is with the help of a professional pest control expert who can identify exactly what is attracting them to your home and find and eliminate all of their food sources.  At Russell’s Pest Control we can safely and successfully get rid of gnats through our Quarterly Control, Seasonal Treatments, or One-Time Application services depending on your home’s unique needs.  

GNAT PREVENTION TIPS 

Gnat prevention can be difficult but there are some things you can do to deter them from your property and to help keep them out of your home. 

Gnat prevention tips include:

  • Don’t overwater garden areas, your lawn, or potted plants.

  • Keep compost piles a distance away from your home.

  • Clean up piles of decaying wood or debris, and fix leaky outdoor fixtures or faucets.

  • Inspect the exterior of your home and caulk any gaps found around windows and doors; and make sure that screens are completely intact.

 

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