How to get rid of midges? Have you had enough at home? Do you want to know how to get rid of it once and for all ?
We promise to give you tips and tricks so that you know how to get rid of it.
For some, having midges at home is a real pestilence! For others, it’s just not pleasant. Midges, in general, are not great, but they won’t hurt you. Usually, these are not flies that bite, let’s be clear about that! These are types of flies that are very small, but be careful, they are not baby flies either..
How to get rid of midges so they don’t get on our nerves ?
We see them appear and in a single instant, without realizing, they will already have reproduced at the speed of light. We will have to face an air force !
What attracts them? First, they are attracted to moisture. And of course they love to hover over food.
How to get rid of midges in wet conditions, especially on plants ?
The plants in your home are probably watered regularly. Now, nothing better for midges than damp earth! Either take the risk of not watering your flowers for a few days so that they dry up and the larvae and eggs die, or you get an insecticide to kill them. You will find lots of sprays on the market and you will take the risk of spraying it all over the plant..
Then, regularly monitor the development of your plants. If it is rotting, it means that its root is rotting, probably because there is always water at the bottom of the container and for this you have to get rid of the plant. Do not throw it away! Just leave it somewhere outside, if you have the option.
Sometimes plants regenerate and they stay alive. Before mentioning other sources of the occurrence of midges, let us also mention sources of moisture such as water in pet bowls. The animals’ water must be changed very regularly and their bowls should also be washed well.
How to get rid of midges in the drain in your home ?
An indisputable source of moisture, the pipe remains the favorite place of midges. They lay their eggs there because they find water that has stagnated for days near the food garbage dumps. Can there really be another place so good for midges ?
We sell a variety of products that thoroughly clean the pipeline. You could also add vinegar and baking soda to it to disinfect the canal through the drain hole. Do this once in a while to get rid of midges once and for all !
How to get rid of midges from food ?
You should not keep food in your home. Everything must be stored in the fridge, cupboards in plastic bags for example, locked in boxes, closed containers, etc. And you have to clean up! Everything must be nickel! No trace, no crumbs! Nothing ! No dishes left in the sink for days, no open bottles! If you have a trash can where you throw your trash that attracts midges, don’t leave it without a lid !
Also, don’t forget to take it down regularly! With the garbage bag out, do not forget to disinfect the Compost bin. Washing it with a dishwashing product, dishwashing liquid, also works.
How to get rid of midges around fruit ?
Can’t keep your fruit in the fridge? Perhaps you consume them more actively when they remain in a bowl on the table. Or do you just don’t like them cold? But remember that the fruit rots quickly and that the bowl is often dirty and sticky because of the juices that the fruit leaks out..
It is said that a few cloves of garlic left in the fruit bowl will drive away midges. We really don’t know, but there’s nothing stopping you from trying. Another recommended trick is to place corks in the salad bowl. It is believed that midges detect their scent and it prevents them from approaching it. Finally, it is recommended to put cloves in the large bowl of fruit and if possible to prick them by the dozen in lemons that you will store all over your house..
What if you made vinegar gnat traps ?
We mentioned vinegar as one of the things that midges don’t like. The first question that arises is what type of vinegar to choose. The second question that arises is where to put vinegar at home? The vinegar you should choose is white vinegar.
You can also add apple cider vinegar. Finally, it seems that red wine works very well too. It is said that a drop of dishwashing liquid poured into vinegar works wonders. The one to choose preferably is the lemon scented dishwashing liquid. Now where to put this white vinegar trap? You can pour vinegar into a container (a bottle, for example) with a hole.
Indeed, taking a bottle and piercing it is the simplest and easiest solution to perform. You cut the bottle in half, put vinegar in it, glue it back on and place it upside down. The midges will be able to get inside the bottle through the holes but they will not be able to easily get out..
How to get rid of midges? Using fly traps !
Are sticky tapes that are fly traps effective? Yes quite ! It is no coincidence that the ribbons are colored in different colors. Indeed, it is the color that attracts them. Then the sticky part won’t let them get out !
How to get rid of midges? By installing fans !
Midges don’t like fans because they don’t like drafts. By installing fans all over the house and especially in your kitchen, you will be sure to be able to hunt small animals.
How to get rid of midges? By taking good habits !
Clean your kitchen regularly as this is the place that attracts midges most often. Your worktop must be nickel. The sink too, and especially the drain hole, should be cleaned regularly with vinegar and baking soda, as we have described a little earlier in this article..
You have to use products that you will let act a little longer without forgetting that you are eating in the kitchen and you have to be careful when allowing chemicals to act in the kitchen where you eat.
After cleaning well, wipe down the worktop and even the sink with a paper towel or with a paper towel or finally, with a rag. Do it well especially around the areas surrounding your sink. Cracks and hollows where water can seep in should be wiped up well. Also clean your trash, as we have already suggested. Same, after cleaning, wipe well !
The danger of certain products
It is sometimes said to pour ammonia in the trash can or in the drain hole of your sink. We don’t really recommend it to you. Why ? Because ammonia is poison. You never know if your pet will not sniff in the trash can or in the sink.
If you don’t have a pet, you cook for your family, for yourself, and you should not pour poison near your dishes! Be careful, you never know where the poison may seep or get wet … Vinegar, garlic, washing-up liquid can already do what is needed, so let’s not go very far in the battle of the midges !
Same with insecticides, just watch out! The toxicity of these products can be very dangerous for children, pets, etc. You will be sure to clean up after you have sprayed well, but what if a stain or spot does escape? It’s risky, so avoid any risk !
Always favor natural methods and not chemical methods !
Clean well with water, keep everything in the cupboards and the fridge. Utensils should be washed well. Food should be placed in plastic bags or in boxes that close tightly before storing in cupboards and the fridge.
It is necessary to keep the places clean, wiped down. Remember to take the flowerpots outside if you can. Make sure that your flower pots all have the hole below the pot so that the water drains into the small container that you put below the flower pot, that is to say the saucer. This allows for the good drainage of water necessary so that the flower itself does not rot. You should regularly wash any utensils containing water in your home, whether it is your cat’s or dog’s bowl or whatever. You must respect good habits and some hygiene, especially around your trash and inside the compost.
Why not put mosquito nets on your windows ?
And yes, if you like to keep the windows open most of the time, you have to think about putting screens. You will see, at first it is not very pretty, but you get used to everything. And then there are some very thin ones that you really don’t see. Then, we feel more protected when we know that mosquito nets are present on the windows.
Can we get rid of it using essential oils ?
In the event of an invasion, it is said that essential oils can help us. Essential oils are not the best solution in the kitchen but like midges which are harmless, this is how there are essential oils with a non-toxic repellant effect..
Those that have a repellent effect are essential oils of peppermint, essential oils with a lavender scent or essential oils of lemongrass. They can be sprayed on small cotton discs to be placed in strategic places around the house. Depending on the concentration of the essential oil itself, you can pour a few drops.
Electric rackets grilling midges
This is a radical solution! You have to be cool actually because the noise and the fence is a bit brutal. Okay, that helps especially when you have the big biting flies because, let’s face it, we couldn’t otherwise. Sometimes you can afford to be cruel to save yourself from the bites of these irritating flies. But providing the same eradicating solution for midges is a bit of a stretch.
Black soap to scare away midges
Last tip to scare away midges, follow this recipe to the letter to make black soap. Dilute a tablespoon of black soap in a liter of neither hot nor cold but lukewarm water. Then add a teaspoon of baking soda to it. Mix well and put the liquid in a spray bottle to spray your plants with it. This will allow you to fight in particular against potential aphids.
This concludes our article on tips on how to get rid of midges. It will never be too much to remind you to always favor natural solutions to the detriment of toxic or dangerous ones. We must remember to emphasize good daily hygiene which will reduce the risk of invasion of midges which, although harmless, can be totally irritating !