Do you know what gnats do? These tiny creatures can be found all over the world and there is a lot that you may not know about them. In this blog post, we will discuss some fascinating facts about what these little bugs get up to. You may be surprised at some of the things they do!
What Do Gnats Do?
There are many different types of gnats, but most of them feed on plant juices or decaying organic matter. They can also spread diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, and encephalitis. Some species of gnats also bite humans and animals, which can cause a lot of discomforts.
What Are Gnats And Where Do They Come From?
Gnats are small flying insects that feed on the fluids of living creatures. They can be found in many different types of habitats, but they typically live where there is decomposing organic material and moisture (though some species prefer drier climates).
Gnats grow up to a half-inch length with dark veins running down their wings and bodies. Their most distinguishing characteristic is their black or gray larva, which resembles a tiny worm or snake. Most gnat larvae live in soil or organic matter such as compost heaps and animal manure, though some species may even be found in stagnant water. The larvae form pupae when they reach sexual maturity; when they emerge from this stage of development as adults, they will seek out moist areas for laying eggs.
What Kind Of Disease Can They Bring?
Bedbugs return to humans with feces filled with tapeworm eggs via their bites. Once the eggs enter our skin, they will form cysts or larvae inside our bodies. This leads to infection which is called larval migraines caused by cestode (tapeworm). The symptoms are usually not obvious but sometimes you can experience abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, etc. It could lead to seizures in some cases. Although the chances are low, they can pose a serious health risk to babies in utero or young children.
Typhus is a bacterial disease. The head of bed bugs dirties with decaying skin and feces which causes bacteria to grow around them. They will bite humans when finding out they have a similar body temperature as them which leads to infection of typhoid fever caused by rickettsia (bacteria). It has similar symptoms to flu but it’s usually more severe than that. You’ll feel pretty bad at your first stage including headache, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, etc… This kind of disease may lead to death if not treated properly.
3. Bacterial diseases
Bed bugs’ head part is pretty dirty because of their excrement. This can cause all sorts of infections in our body when they bite us like vaginal infection, eye infection (conjunctivitis), skin infection (cellulitis or impetigo), respiratory tract infection (croup). These may lead to serious health risks if not treated properly.
4. Other bacterial diseases
These are rare cases but bedbugs may cause other bacterial diseases too such as urinary tract infections and meningitis. Although the chances are low, they should not be neglected easily once you encounter one. If necessary, you can call 911 or go to the emergency room immediately.
Last but not least, it’s almost scary but at the same time, the least common disease. There’s only one case ever recorded that someone got HIV through bedbugs’ bites in America. It happened because the patient had multiple exposures to bedbugs’ excrement through her boyfriend’s body. However, it could be explained by the fact that their couple engaged in sexual activities many times unprotected without noticing bedbugs’ excrement. If you find any evidence of bedbugs like blood after they bit you, try to get tested for all kinds of diseases including HIV at once just to be sure even though this possibility is low.
How Can You Get Rid Of Them?
1. Rubber bands
A rubber band is a classic, cheap and easy way to catch those pesky gnats once and for all! Simply take a few rubber bands, put them in an open jar by the window with the openings down and watch as those gnats get sucked into their sad little trap. The rubber bands will snag onto their wings as they fly by, trapping them inside until you decide to dispose of them safely. Stay clear of this method if you have pets or children that may accidentally swallow a non-biodegradable item such as a rubber band.
2. Dish Soap & Water Spray
An easy tip for getting rid of fruit flies is adding some dish soap to water – really, it works! Start by filling up a spray bottle 50% with water, then add in about 3 drops of dish soap. Shake it up well and spray the mixture onto affected areas or countertops where fruit flies are getting into your food. Leave this on for at least an hour before wiping it away. The combination should kill any gnats that come by to investigate, while also preventing them from flying back in immediately after you wipe it away.
3. Cloves & Pest Strips
Cloves are great for repelling bugs like gnats because they’re strong, smelly, and inexpensive! Grab some cloves, put them in a bowl, and set out near the gnats’ favorite places to land (such as windows, doors, cupboards, etc). The strong, spicy smell should quickly get gnats away from your house for good! It can also be combined with other natural ways of getting rid of gnats for increased effectiveness.
4. Diatomaceous Earth
This is a homemade remedy that allows you to repel not only gnats but other bugs in the house as well! Mix diatomaceous earth with water until it’s in a gel-like consistency and store in an airtight container. Apply directly to any areas where bugs are commonly found (including around windows/doors) by dipping cotton balls or Q-tips into the mix. Reapply daily or when needed depending on how quickly the mixture dries up – it will dry within 24 hours. Be sure to not inhale the diatomaceous earth – only apply it near open windows with a fan running until it dries!
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is reliable, effective, and more natural than most store-bought gnat repellents. Mix 2 cups of water with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and add some dish soap (the same kind as mentioned above) for more effect. Use a spray bottle and apply this mixture on any areas where gnats fly or drop by frequently like countertops, window sills, and even on your skin if you’re outdoors! If you’re using this indoors, make sure to thoroughly clean afterward since apple cider vinegar can leave behind a strong smell that may not be pleasant in the long run.
The way that gnats interact with their environment is fascinating, and they’ve been studied by scientists for years. But if you want to know more about these tiny pests, there are many resources available on the internet or at your local library. You could also contact an expert who has experience in studying insects like gnats!
Are gnats attracted to any specific colors?
There is no scientific consensus on whether or not gnats are attracted to any specific colors. Some people believe that they are drawn to blue and black colors, while others believe that they are drawn to all colors. The truth is that there is still much we don’t know about gnats and their behavior.
How large do gnats get?
Gnats can get as large as 1/4 inch long. They are attracted to moisture and can often be found near sources of water, such as ponds, puddles, or in gutters. Gnats lay their eggs in moist areas, so getting rid of any standing water will help to reduce the number of gnats in your area. You can also use a flyswatter or insecticide to kill them.
Do gnats bite humans?
Yes. Gnats can and will bite humans if they are hungry enough or if they are swarming around a person’s head in large numbers. They aren’t known to carry any diseases, but their bites can be itchy and annoying. To avoid getting bitten by gnats, it’s best to stay away from areas where they are commonly found, such as standing water or moist environments like compost piles. You can also use an insect repellent to keep them at bay.
Where do gnats live?
Gnats live in moist environments, such as near the edges of water or underneath rotting leaves. They are also drawn to sugary foods and can often be found around garbage cans or compost piles.