How to get rid of midges in the house: effective folk methods

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The warm season means not only sun, vacation, and fruit, but also a lot of small insects. Probably everyone has faced such a problem as midges at least once in their lives, so they know how annoying they can be.

As it should be, these small pests do not bite and do not carry pathogens, but they can still cause a lot of trouble. That's why Better Homes and Gardens has shared effective ways to get rid of them.

Two types of midges can be found in homes and apartments:

  • Mushroom gnats, which live near waterlogged indoor plants;
  • Fruit gnats, which are attracted to overripe or spoiled fruits and vegetables.

It is quite easy to get rid of any of them, as there are several economical and effective methods.

Vinegar and sugar trap

Pour a little apple cider vinegar into a bowl or cup and add a teaspoon of sugar. Cover the container with plastic wrap and make a few small holes in it and place it near the place where the midges are hanging out.

Trap with spoiled food

If you are worried about fruit flies, put a piece of spoiled fruit in a container, cover it with plastic wrap, and make holes in it so that the flies can fly in but cannot fly out. Over time, they will die in the homemade trap.


If the pests are flying around the sink drain, dilute half a cup of bleach in 4 liters of water and pour the solution down the drain to kill all insects and larvae. Alternatively, you can use commercially available drain cleaners.


Fill a plate or large bowl with water and add some soap. Then put a candle inside, light it, and make sure the house is dark. Then insects will fly to the candle and die from the flame or soapy water.

Sticky traps

If you don't want to make a trap with your own hands, then try a store-bought fly tape and place it near the places where midges gather.

However, be careful if you have pets. Such traps can be harmful to their health.

How to prevent the appearance of midges

If you've successfully gotten rid of the insects that bother you, you should also take steps to prevent them from returning.

  • Keep the humidity in your home low, as midges are attracted to dampness;
  • Don't forget to take out the garbage regularly;
  • Avoid overwatering indoor plants;
  • Keep drains clean and dry;
  • Make sure there are no holes in the window nets;
  • Buy small amounts of fruit so that they do not have time to spoil.

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