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Types of Gnats| Gnat Bites | How to Get Rid of Gnats at Home?

Gnat is a small fly that resembles a mosquito, but with two wings. They can be both biting and non-biting. Most often they fly in large numbers.

Usually, larvae don’t cause serious plant damage, but when present in large numbers can damage the roots of the plant. Therefore, we need to reduce them. Female gnats sucks blood for reproduction thus causing allergies and pain.

Different Types of Gnats

1. Black Gnats

These are black colored which are found near the swage and tree trunks where they feed on decayed plants and insects and take their food to the small larvae where they eat and lay eggs on the decomposed substances.

2. Fungus Gnats

With the biological name Sciardie, they are found in dark colors containing fungus. Fungus Gnats are mostly found near the plant pots at home. They are quite small, and can’t be seen with a naked eye. They are found in a great population.

3. Eye Gnats

Their biological name is Chlropidae which is also known as grass flies. They are minuscule with yellow, black, Green. Their bodies look shiny because of no growth of hairs. They are mostly found near the grass.

4. Sand Gnats

They are found near the sandy areas and one cannot distinguish them because they have the same color as that of the sand. Their bites are very dangerous and are known to transmit several diseases.

5. Gall gnats

These are the type of gnats that imply their larvae in the plant saps where they get nourished and cause abnormal plant growths. Due to this nature, they are called gall gnats.

How long do gnats live?

The answer to this question depends upon the species of gnat, their reproductive potential and the favorability and quality of their chosen habitat. Habitat favorability includes such things as the quality, quantity and availability of food sources, plus access to available moisture and protection within their habitat.

What attracts gnats?

Sweet smell and Scent smell are the primary elements that attracts gnats. Some gnats get attracted to fruit smell, body moisturizer etc., also.

Why are Gnats attracted to humans?

It’s all about scent – a certain smell which attracts them, especially fruits and sweet scents. Anything having a scent would attract them. Body heat too attracts many of the gnats. Moisture too plays a crucial role.

What attracts Gnats outside the Home?

Ever wonder why they are found outside the home if the only thing that attracts a majority of them is the scent? Well, outside environment also contains a variety of scents that entice gnats and flies.

Some of the types of substances that can catch their attention includes vinegar and honey. 

How to get rid of gnats in plants?

  • It is important to damp the places where there is a possibility of the growth of fungus, as fungus gnat larvae use fungi as one of their foods. This includes the potted plant soil as well. Once you’re known with the source, make it dry to get rid of gnats.
  • Raking the soil to dry out even more quickly is a good step towards their elimination.
  • Make sure you remove moisture from the trays under plant pots in order to prevent larvae from breeding there.
  • Check the draining of plants as well.
  • Don’t over water the plants.

How to get rid of gnats at home?

Follow the following steps to accomplish the same.

  1. Create a Gnat trap using apple cider vinegar and dish soap.
  2. After successfully examining the gnat affected area, place a bottle of stake wine next to the affected area.
  3. Mash up the rotten fruits in a jar and cover the top with a plastic wrap poked with tiny holes.
  4. Burn them to death by setting up a candle trap in a dark room.
  5. Place several sticky glue traps around the affected area.
  6. Clear away and securely store all the food in the kitchen.

How to get rid of gnats in the bathroom?

There is a possibility to spot gnats or dragon flies in your bathroom. The thing gnats require to reproduce is nothing but moisture. Could there be any place better than a bathroom?

Only way to keep the gnat population under control in your bathroom is to clean it frequently. You can also pour bleach or other type of cleaning agent down your drains to clear things out and remove the gnat-attracting build-up.

Do gnats bite?

Yes, many types of gnats bite because they need human blood or animal blood to lay eggs. The reason behind the fact that female gnats suck blood while male blood feeds on nectar is the same. However, the gnats are so tiny and alike it is sometimes difficult to understand the gnat which bit you.

Biting Midges

These are the smallest gnats with size up to 1/30 of an inch, almost invisible.

They do bite and the symptoms include intensive burning sensation during the bite, pain, heavy swelling and long itching.

Black Flies Bites

Also known as the buffalo gnats, these are not the smallest but still invisible with size up to 1/16 of an inch.

They do bite with symptoms like painful burning bite with itching and swelling.

How to get rid of gnat bites?

In most of the cases, they could be treated using soap, water and antiseptic to clean the wound and minimize the bacterial infection. They are often itchy but over-the-counter cream is usually enough to tackle this until the bite has healed.

One of the key signs of the development of bacterial infections are pus-filled blisters and you should consult a doctor if these do crop up in an area where you were bitten.

If you’re bitten and experience a severe allergic reaction, like breathing problems, swelling in your throat, mouth or other places on your body where you weren’t bitten – you should seek emergency medical help as soon as possible.

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