Gnats are small, flying insects that belong to the family of flies. They can be extremely annoying to people and their pets once they move into your home or business. They are typically about 1/8 to 1/4 inch in length, and they have long, slender legs and wings. Gnats are often mistaken for mosquitoes, but they do not bite humans and animals.
Some species of gnats are attracted to decaying organic matter, while others are attracted to ripe fruit or other sweet substances. Gnats can be a real nuisance in homes and gardens, especially during the summer months when they are most active.
While gnats are generally harmless to humans, some species can transmit diseases to plants or animals. In addition, their presence can be annoying, and they can be difficult to control once they have infested an area.
Here at Bug Pro LLC, we often uses a combination of methods to effectively control a gnat infestation depending on the situation. For example, cultural control involves modifying the environment where gnats are found to make it less suitable for them. This can be done by reducing the moisture content in the soil, increasing air circulation, and removing organic debris. In turn, biological control involves using natural predators, such as predatory mites, nematodes, and bacteria, to control the gnat population.
When it comes to using chemicals to control for gnats, we use insecticides to kill adult gnats or prevent larvae from developing. However, chemical control should generally only be used as a last resort and with caution, as it can harm beneficial insects and the environment.
In addition, yellow sticky traps in the form of sticky cards or tapes can be hung near plants to trap adult gnats. The yellow color attracts the gnats, and they get stuck to the trap. Using a small handheld vacuum can also help remove adult gnats from plants and the surrounding area. For gnat larvae, soil drenches are used by applying a solution of insecticide to the soil, which is then absorbed by the roots of the plant to kill the gnat larvae in the soil.