Who else is annoyed by the insurmountable number of gnats this year? There are so many of them, it feels as though they are taking over the whole town; like an invasion of sorts. Every corner we turn there are several thousand more of them waiting to ambush us. We definitely appreciate and desperately needed the wild amount of rain that Bakersfield received this year, however, with all the wet came lots and lots of annoying critters. The gnats you see are fungus gnats. The larvae of these pests feed on decaying plant matter, fungi, and sometimes plant roots. There is no shortage of fungi right now as the temperatures have been between 70-90 degrees; which is the prime temperature for fungus growth. What’s the good news? The good news is that hot temperatures are right around the corner. In May, temperatures should surpass 90 degrees and the gnat population should drastically decrease to a much more comfortable level. A few tips to help you in the meantime:
- Reduce moisture as much as possible by limiting watering.
- Pick up any fruit that has fallen from fruit trees on the exterior of your home. Fallen fruit = decaying fruit.
- Keep your sink clear of dirty dishes and clean your sink drains.
- Use a homemade Apple Cider Vinegar trap to catch any gnats that have made it inside your home.
How to make your own Apple Cider Vinegar Trap:
Mix 3 parts apple cider vinegar with one part water and add to a wide jar. Add 3-4 drops of dish soap.
Put plastic wrap over the top of the jar and seal with rubber band or tape.
Poke little holes in the plastic wrap.
The gnats will be attracted to the apple cider in the jar and will become trapped. The dish soap will kill them.
It’s a bummer that we have to deal with so many gnats this year, but hey we really needed the rain and at least our time with so many of them is temporary.
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– Samuel de Jong
Wow Pest Control