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There are a lot of household annoyances that make us want to pull our hair out. We especially dislike the presence of bugs. There’s something about them that makes us feel as if our homes are not clean enough.

If you’ve experienced gnats in your home before, you know they are especially awful. They tend to love hanging around house plants. Thankfully, there are some simple steps to take to get rid of pesky gnats once and for all.

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For starters, you can obtain some food-grade diatomaceous earth. Sprinkle some on top of the house plant soil in question. The diatomaceous earth needs to be kept dry or it will lose its effectiveness.

Gnat strips are often chosen in these instances, too. They are not always the most aesthetically pleasing thing to have around the house, but they are useful! Be careful, though. If you have pets or small children, you are going to want to make sure that these strips are being hung up well out of their reach. Gnats aren’t the only thing that is going to stick to them.

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Gnats are also attracted to house plants that have been overwatered, which is something to bear in mind. The dead and dying leaves must be removed regularly as well.

When materials are allowed to decay, the gnats are more likely to want to stop by.

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Meanwhile, we also recommend regularly cleaning sink drains, garbage cans, and garbage disposals. Water and bleach keep the gnats from being attracted to these areas of the home.

Last, but certainly not least, you can also take a bowl, fill it with apple cider vinegar and add a few drops of liquid dish soap. Cover it with foil, poke a few holes in the top, and the gnats will be caught.

We hope that these hacks help solve any gnat problems you have or may encounter in the future!

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