How to get rid of gnats in the house the easy and natural way!

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Have you ever had a serious gnat or fruit fly problem in your home? If you have, then you know how annoying these little creatures can be. They circle around any fruit or food you may have out which can be pretty gross, and they never seem to go away. Another thing these gnats love is a compost bucket which is why it's a good idea to keep your compost bucket in the fridge or outside to keep them away from it. You can also keep your fruit in the fridge if you want to keep them away, but sometimes they just keep coming in no matter what. There are some good cleaning tips that can help us get rid of gnats easily and naturally. This is one of the great simple life hacks from Sweet Makes Three, a blog written by Jenn who shares so much great household how-to with us, along with amazing recipes, crafts and even essential oils. Jenn also had a problem with gnats in her home and made this simple natural gnat trap to place in her kitchen. She said it worked incredibly well and solved her gnat problem. So try out her method and see if it works for you.

Since gnats are attracted to things like fermenting fruit, it's understandable why they would be attracted also to vinegar. So not only is vinegar, either white distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar, a great cleaning solution that's used in tons of cleaning tips and simple life hacks, it's also a great substance to lure the gnats into the trap with. She uses white vinegar here, but if you happen to have some apple cider vinegar, that will work well too. The materials you'll need for this simple life hack are some plastic cling wrap, a rubber band, vinegar, sugar, dish detergent and some water. Just simply mix 2 tablespoons of the vinegar, 1 teaspoon of sugar and about 4 drops of the dish soap in a glass jar. A wide mouthed glass jar is going to work best since it will be able to trap more gnats. Once you have all of the ingredients in your jar, just add some water to fill the jar about three quarters full then cover the rim of the jar with the plastic wrap and use your rubber band to secure it in place. Then take a knife or a metal skewer and poke a few small openeings in the plastic wrap. Make sure they're bigger than pin hole size so the gnats can get into the container easily.

Then just leave the trap wherever you're experiencing the most gnats. The gnats will be attracted to the scent of the vinegar and sugar which will lure them into the jar, but when they get in, they will either stand on the surface of the water and get trapped by the bubbles of the dish soap or they won't be able to get out of the jar because of the plastic wrap. You should see some results within a couple of days with gnats floating in the water. You can change the water every few days or so to keep the gnats coming into the trap because they may be deterred by their dead buddies in the jar. You can make more than one of the traps and set them all over your house in areas where you've experienced gnats. You may also see them infesting your plants which may mean you have rotting roots so just put that plant outdoors. Enjoy this and other cleaning tips from Sweet Makes Three.***

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