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Hey everyone - I'm living off campus this year for college, and I was wondering for any of you home owners/renters have a quick solution for me and my 3 roommates. We have a lot of gnats in the apartment, but we can't figure out where they are coming from. They are attracted to our lights and notice a lot on our ceiling during the evenings. We have emptied the trash, have no fruits or vegetables lying around, and can't seem to find them coming from any of the cabinets where our food is stored.

 

So two questions - what's the best way to kill them? and what is the easiest way to figure out where they are coming from?

 

Thanks,

 

AJ

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I've never had the problem, I've heard of different home made vinegar or cider vinegar traps using plastic bottles.

 

Google around and see what you can find, good luck.

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If you had any bananas or cantaloupe that's a very quick way of getting gnats, even grocery stores have them around the fruit area - i.e.; that's why they're called fruit fly's and why fruit should be rinsed before bringing it into the house.

 

Check window screens for tears and repair any, also window seals even if you don't open the windows. Don't know if you can caulk any gaps in the window seals though since you don't own the property - perhaps something to ask the landlord. Then again they may be small enough to go right through a window screen.

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Search around the place for any gaps which could allow the ingress of these pests.

 

Any pipes coming into the premises which aren't tightly sealed could allow them in, so the answer is a tube of silicone sealant or decorators calk to block any gaps.

 

It's surprising what can get in through gaps you haven't noticed.

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Could you possibly ask the university/council to find out if your landlord should cover these things as well. Long shot though.

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I found a method using hair spray - apparently it stiffens them up and kills them. It works really well - thanks for everyone's advice!

 

Hair spray kills bugs, interesting, I didn't know that. Just don't use it with a lighter or match!

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I found a method using hair spray - apparently it stiffens them up and kills them. It works really well - thanks for everyone's advice!

 

AJ

This reminds me of an old joke by Tommy Cooper(english comedian) who didn`t want to kill the flies..so he sprayed them with starch...and they glided out of the window...just like that....

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The trick is not to put the hairspray on your hair though CT.

 

It's really a turn off talking to someone and then noticing that they have a head full of dead flies :lol:

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Hair spray kills bugs, interesting, I didn't know that. Just don't use it with a lighter or match!

But that might get rid of those little pests for good! (and your furniture)

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Be careful where you spray that. :)

 

Always careful - :-D

 

Hair spray kills bugs, interesting, I didn't know that. Just don't use it with a lighter or match!

 

Of courseee

 

 

The trick is not to put the hairspray on your hair though CT.It's really a turn off talking to someone and then noticing that they have a head full of dead flies :lol:

 

Durrrr

 

 

AJ

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