I think I have a gnat problem, but I’m not sure. What should I do?
It is very important to identify these flies or gnats. The type of fly/gnat is critical in providing useful advice for control. If the fly is tiny and black, it may be a fungus gnat that lives in the wet soil of potted plants. Small tan flies with red eyes are fruit flies that breed in fresh fruit—especially bananas—and garbage. Other types of flies breed elsewhere. Terminix can help you to identify the gnats and recommend control solutions.
I have moths in my clothes and have indoor pets that may get into mothballs. What are my alternatives?
Clothes moths are best controlled by first cleaning the affected clothing and other clothing items that were stored with it. Clean items according to the clothing manufacturer’s instructions. Next, thoroughly clean the closet, dresser or storage area. Cracks in these areas may also be treated using a properly labeled indoor pest control product. Pheromone traps are available for clothes moths to monitor for moth activity.
How do I get rid of moths? They are all over my ceiling and in my food cabinets.
Based on this description, it sounds like you have Indian meal moths, which are a food pest (insects that infest and feed on stored grain and grain products). This is why you are seeing so much activity in the kitchen cabinets. To control these moths, you need to examine all dry items like flour, cereal, whole grains, spices, pet foods, tobacco, dried flower arrangements and seeds. Infested products need to be discarded. Clean and vacuum the pantry very well. Look for the cocoons of the moths in corners, under shelves, etc. and destroy them. Store all dried food products and pet foods in plastic or glass containers with tight-fitting lids.
Can you tell me how to rid my home of fruit flies?
The small, brown, red-eyed fruit fly is usually carried inside homes in fresh fruits and vegetables, most often bananas. The items in which the flies are breeding must be found and discarded in the outdoor trash. To deal with the remaining adult flies, create a trap by pouring a few ounces of vinegar into a cup and covering the cup with a plastic wrap secured with tape or a rubber band. Poke a hole about 1/8th to 1/4th inch through the plastic. Place the trap in rooms where the flies are seen. The flies enter through the opening but have difficulty exiting, eventually drowning in the vinegar.
I have a problem with black, ¼-inch flies in my house during the fall and winter. What kind of fly is this, and what can I do about them?
If they hold their wings flat over their abdomens, then they are likely cluster flies. These flies enter the walls and attics of homes in large numbers to survive the winter. On warmer days, they may crawl into the living spaces of your home. Once inside the walls, they are difficult, if not impossible, to eliminate. You need a professional company, like Terminix, to inspect your home and make recommendations for sealing cracks where flies could enter. Treatments can be applied that can greatly reduce the numbers of flies seen inside.