Some CS Residents Say Gnats are Taking Over their Homes

By: Alex Villarreal Email
By: Alex Villarreal Email

If you've ever had to live with them, you know how frustrating it can be.
The weather is warming up and that means critters are coming into some people's homes.
News 3 talks to some College Station residents who say they have some very unwelcome house guests.

College Station resident, Henry Scarbrough, said, "If they die on impact, with my hand, then probably like 20."

"Probably, at least 100," said College Station resident, Morgan Eoff.

We got some advice from an animal control specialist and he says all you need to manage a gnat problem is some vinegar and a container.
The gnats are attracted to the vinegar and the sticky soap prevents them from flying out.
So, keep one container inside and put another one outside to keep new gnats from coming in.

"It gets very frustrating at times. You don't know what's happening or why they're there," Scarbrough said.

These flying fruit flies are in their personal space and kitchens.

Eoff said, "If I'm sitting there on my computer they're just in my face and I keep swatting at them or when I'm in the kitchen cooking something and they're in the drain, they're literally all over the place."

"When we're trying to have a nice little family dinner, they're all flying around," said Scarbrough.

Henry first noticed the annoying pests in February.

Scarbrough said, "We're all kind of a clean group, so we like to keep stuff looking fresh and so, the gnats are kind of a big problem. We can't really bring anybody over, we have to explain why we have gnats."

"We have people over and they always think that our apartment is dirty and we're like no, we just have gnats and we don't know why," said Eoff.

She has been dealing with them for two years.

Eoff said, "As soon as it gets warm, we notice that they come up through the drain."

Turns out, they're not the only ones and the city of College Station has tried to help, but a rep with water development says the warmer weather is what's causing the influx.

"We're actually not living here next year, so I think we kind of gave up," Eoff said.

"That vinegar and {soap}...does sound like a smart idea, I've never heard it before. There's one right there," said Scarbrough.

Plugging your drains, vinegar and soap, hopefully, you can find a solution to get these pests out, before you're the one moving out.

According to the animal control specialist we spoke with, pest control cannot spray for gnats and your garbage disposal is a prime breeding spot for the pesky critters.

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