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I’m also fighting the little bastards. I first tried Apple cider vinegar, but that didn’t seem to work. Switched to cheap wine and that worked better. I’ve also had luck with a combination of sweet vermouth and simple syrup. The best solution was buying a Katchy insect trap from Amazon. YMMV.
The vinegar/dish soap trap works pretty well, but IMO I've had those fuckers breed faster than they get caught in the trap. So it catches a lot but there's still plenty more flying around. Bought one of these things in the spring and it's been a lifesaver. The light really draws them in. The amount of flies on the pad like every day is revolting.
Letting soild dry out completely between watering and then bottom watering to keep the top inches of soil dry. The larvae hatch and come from the top inch or two usually. Also, this fan/light has been a LIFE saverkatchy
We have something like this:
Katchy Indoor Fly Trap - Catcher & Killer for Mosquito, Gnat, Moth, Fruit Flies - Non-Zapper Traps for Buzz-Free Home - Catch Flying Insect Indoors with Suction, Bug Light & Sticky Glue (Black) [link]
i recently picked up one of these
Oh my god this is why I had to give in and buy a Katchy and I love it so much. So satisfying to see those mofos stuck there in the morning.
Lol a fruit fly, or maybe a gnat, either way you already have the solution to it. Those stickies are pretty effective. Almost any plant is gonna have that problem at one point in their life. It’s very common. The eggs are in the soil, so there’s no point in buying any sprays to kill. You can just keep using those stickies, if your problem is really bad you can add additional ones or something like this to augment the control management. They go away after a few life cycles if you have enough traps to prevent breeding
I use a catchy or whatever from Amazon. It has a uv light and sticky pad it sucks them down on to. Doesn't do much for regular flies, but for some reason the little fuckers go for it. Literally the only thing I've ever found that works, and I've tried everything over the years.
This is the one I have, not that I would recommend that brand specifically but it works rather well at managing the infestation. And Lmaoo that’s so funny they do look fun to play with 😂
KATCHY Indoor Insect and Flying Bugs Trap Fruit Fly Gnat Mosquito Killer with UV Light Fan Sticky Glue Boards No Zapper Black [link]
Best thing I could have possible bought for fruit flies and other sorts of insects.
I splurged on a fly trap with a black light to attract bugs and fan that sucks them in.
There are natural solutions, of course. I just don’t want saucers of vinegar stinking up my house.
Also suggest checking out the Katchy (you can get it from Amazon). That, plus mosquito bits, yellow sticky traps, and bottom watering helped me get my fungus gnat problem under control!
Just bought one of these, mostly for fruit flies, but I'm interested to see if it gets them as well:
Katchy Indoor Insect Trap - Catcher & Killer for Mosquito, Gnat, Moth, Fruit Flies - Non-Zapper Traps for Buzz-Free Home - Catch Flying Insect Indoors with Suction, Bug Light & Sticky Glue (Black) [link]
Using this in Tucson. Works well, but you may need more than one Katchy Indoor Fly Trap - Catcher & Killer for Mosquito, Gnat, Moth, Fruit Flies - Non-Zapper Traps for Buzz-Free Home - Catch Flying Insect Indoors with Suction, Bug Light & Sticky Glue (Black) [link]
Obviously, the source is going to be the ultimate answer. However, in the meantime, I have found these Katchy Indoor Flying Insect Catcher to be useful.
I got myself this thing. It attracts the little fuckers with a UV light, they get sucked down into a vortex, and land on a piece of sticky paper. Then all you do is replace the sticky paper like once a week. (Or more, depending on just how bad your situation is.)
I had a similar problem, infected ALL my plants. I sprayed them all with Neem oil, stuck a yellow trap in each plant, and bought THIS. My saving grace of an item:
In the mean time- check this out! I have one and it works great!!
I lived in Georgia over the summer and had 20+ gnats/fruitflies flying around my living room at any given time. Bought on of these and they were all gone literally overnight and never had an issue again. Not sure how they would be for commercial use but i gotta imagine it would help considering how quick it cleared my place up. And its contained too, no open sticky traps or shockers. ^^^(Not ^^a ^^paid ^^advertisement ^^i ^^swear)
We had drain fly issues and one of these really helped:
It'll attract and trap any of the small flying insects like drain flies, fruit flies, no see ums, and gnats. It won't fix where they're coming from, but it'll help get rid of them in your room.
So this looks like a UV light bug trap. It works by luring them in with the light, and they get sucked in by the fan. I have one that I really like called Katchy. It's been great for gnats flying around my houseplants. Here's the Amazon link.
It's not this exact brand, but hopefully it's what you're looking for
Gnats are annoying AF. If you’re looking for alternative methods at gnat control... Katchy is amazing! I bought mine on Amazon and it is a game changer when it comes to catching gnats. Amazon link: [link]
Also, Hydroguard works wonders! It’s pretty much good bacteria that doesn’t allow gnat larvae to survive and ultimately produce more gnats.
Another idea is a katchy or something like it. I like it because I have terrarium in my work office and it’s more discrete than fly tape and vinegar traps if you need to consider aesthetics
Don’t know about a repellent but this thing works great for getting rid of the bugs in the air. It works best at night. KATCHY Indoor Insect Trap: Bug, Fruit Fly, Gnat, Mosquito Killer - UV Light, Fan, Sticky Glue Boards Trap Even The Tiniest Flying Bugs - No Zapper- (Black) [link]
I’ve tried everything it seems. One thing that’s worked really well is this thing called Katchy. It is a quiet little tabletop unit with a fan and UV light that attracts gnats, fruit flies, etc. When they fly toward the light it sucks them into a glue board in the bottom. I couldn’t believe how many gnats, flys, and stuff it caught. There were insects on the glue board I didn’t even know were in my house. But mainly it was taking out those incessant fruit fly/gnats that breed like crazy.
It’s small, reasonably priced (totally worth it imo considering all I spent trying to find a decent solution), looks kinda cool, and the damn fruit flies haven’t seemed to wise up to it like they do to all other things I’ve tried. It doesn’t smell like the vinegar traps and bring more into your home, it uses no chemicals, hardly makes any noise, requires no maintenance, and is fun to check. They can’t resist it.
I used this for gnats and it works well.
Similar concept but slightly different. It has a fan the sucks them down to a glue trap at the bottom.
That link didn't work for me. Maybe try this one.
While this isn't a way to stop them, it works great to mitigate the ones that are alive. I had them on a septic at my last house so my drain options were really limited without damaging the septic system.
we had that problem b/c we had toddlers who love fruit, and our garage got insane. i got this and took a gamble, but it largely worked. that and the bug-a-salt.
We just got one of these to combat fruit flies that hang out thanks to the parrot.
You are welcome.
[link] I absolutely loved this when we had a gnat problem.
This helped me with gnats. Not sure if fruit flies are attracted to light but worth a look. [link]
In addition to mosquito bit tea and peroxide rinses, this does wonders!
The refills are pricey but I just buy big yellow sticky traps and cut them to fit 👍🏼
I bought this. It works and has cut down on the flies big-time.
does it really work for house flies? that's the nuisance at mom's. the amazon description specifically says no:
"Reduces bugs, but isn't a complete insect killer solution, not a substitute for pest control services. Not for house flies."
In my last house we had them bad, Katchy was a game changer. I tried everything to kill them in the drain, in the end I just put Katchy out all day next to the drains that had them.
These cool traps are available from Amazon! It traps fungus gnats really well
I got this indoor bug catcher and it's worked very well. Was previously getting bit regularly.
Also a light fan blowing on you will prevent mosquitos from landing.
I have two of these and they are wonderful. Get the sticky pads for 2 reasons: 1) it more effectively traps bugs and 2) it is quite satisfying to see all the bugs it traps.