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    Posted: 05 Nov 2012 at 1:11am
For about 2 weeks now, I have been inundated with gnats.  This is weird because I didn't have near this many during the summer when I had tomatoes and other vegetables out on the counters and stuff.  Now, because there is nothing for the little turds to get to in the kitchen, they are sticking with me and drinks or snacks I have with me.  Right now, every minute or so one crawls across the computer screen, and even worse, they will even land on my hands.  And there is no good way to get rid of them.  I guess they are coming inside because its getting cooler outside.   Grrrrrrr!
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I had gnats last summer, and I couldn't figure out WHY. Then I found a bag of old potatoes in my pantry that they were having an orgy in apparently. Make sure there isn't a piece of food somewhere in storage that they're going to. Once I threw it out the gnat problem vanished. In the mean time try putting out some smelly apple cider vinegar in a bowl with cling wrap over it. Poke some holes with a fork big enough for them to crawl in. The go in to the vinegar and can't fly back out.
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I recently had a flying carpenter ant invasion/infestation in my house. They travelled from a tree in the corner of my front yard via the telephone wire that passes thru the tree limbs from the pole. Started seeing them in the living room, then in the cat's litter box. Upon further investigation, I uncovered a big nest in my garage between a wood beam & the top of the concrete block wall. They had also infested a hollow wooden door as well. I used an entire brand new can of Raid on them & was still finding them here & there for the next couple of weeks or so.

Now, I've just got a couple of moths hanging out in here, flying around my face occasionally. I don't really mind, though. I like moths. Lizards too. They get in my truck & ride around with me all the time. Once in awhile, I'll get halfway out of the neighborhood & see one on the hood of my truck, so I have to stop & try to catch it & let it go underneath a tree or a bush in someone's yard.

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Gnats flying around my backyard at around sunset provided endless fun for my kittens this summer.  Anything that moves is great entertainment when cats are that young.
 
Some friends of mine had a moth infestation in their apartment years ago.  There were hundreds at any given moment.  They actually had to vacuum them off the ceiling and walls.  Turns out they came from their parrot food. 
 
I had a lot of little moths a few years ago.  I noticed they were coming from the cat food cabinet.  I'd always been leaving the cat treat bags open, and when I looked inside of one, there was a bunch of tiny moth larvae wiggling around.  I hate seeing food "moving in place" (I've also seen that when ants would discover the bowls of dry cat food I leave out).  I now empty the cat treats into a container and put a lid on it.
 
 
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Grain Moths are a pain in the @$$ for me as well, if any food item I have is not sealed shut I keep it in either my Refrigerator or my Freezer. This keeps the damage to an absolute Minimum.
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Originally posted by regulus regulus wrote:

Grain Moths are a pain in the @$$ for me as well, if any food item I have is not sealed shut I keep it in either my Refrigerator or my Freezer. This keeps the damage to an absolute Minimum.
 
I started putting food into containers and/or the refrigerator a few years ago, too, when I had an ant invasion.  I hated having to toss out nearly-full bags of cereal.  I guess it worked, as I haven't had an ants-in-the-cabinet problem since.
 
 
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Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:

I started putting food into containers and/or the refrigerator a few years ago, too, when I had an ant invasion.  I hated having to toss out nearly-full bags of cereal.  I guess it worked, as I haven't had an ants-in-the-cabinet problem since.
 
Now to tackle that "aunts-in-the-closet" thing.
 
 
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