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Q: What is the most Humane way?

September 10, 2011 | By Ches21 | 5 answers | Expired: 1091 days ago

Ches21

I get alot of flys and gnats in my house in the summer time and I don't like to kill any of them but there are too many to try and catch and put back outside I have always used the fly tape to get rid of them but I don't think it is very humane to use it, so what is the most humane way to kill or get rid of flys and gnats?

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Jillian
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Sep 14, 2011

I'd love to know, too! Flies and ants are the one thing I can't seem to find an answer for. And the poor flies that enter my house are killed by the cats. I usually chase them around with a small butterfly net or just let them be. I do have my "guard spiders" though. The spiders who make their homes on the front and back deck are left to do their thing. I let them stay and they take care of the bugs. Sometimes the spiders will come in, but it's always easier to catch and release a spider than it is a fly.

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Michele Z.
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Sep 12, 2011

And once the bugs have successfully been removed, you need to make sure you aren't leaving food out or other things that they are attracted to...

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Michele Z.
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Sep 12, 2011

Like Kavy stated, you need to figure out how they are getting into the house in the first place and then seal all areas to prevent more from coming inside.

For the ones already inside, you could try "giving them what they want" but in a "trap". For example, if the gnats or whatever are attracted to fruit, place an apple core or other piece of fruit inside a plastic grocery bag and leave the bag open on the kitchen counter or other area where the gnats gather and give them the opportunity to "take the bait". Once many are inside, quickly close the bag before they can escape. Then you can release them outside.

IF you really don't want to kill the flies, you could buy a cheap butterfly (or fishing) net and capture them and releasing them outside.

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daryl b.
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Sep 11, 2011

i hate to say it since you don't like to kill them. but wait for the first good hard frost and that will kill off the ones outside and then you can spray inside your house and get rid of them but first take all your pets and you out for the day, if you leave them in the house they well continue to breed in there all winter

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Kavykeeper
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Sep 11, 2011

I think the answer is to try and figure out where they're coming from and address the issue that way. Do you have screens on your windows? Is there a cat or dog door where they enter? I noticed that if I keep my front door open too long when I come in, I let flies in sometimes. I keep fly swatters in two rooms in my house and if I ever see a fly, I search and swat. Are you sure the gnats aren't fruit flies? Keep your fruit in the fridge. I'm not sure about any chemical solutions. I don't go that route with the guinea pigs in the house. I bought a natural spray that contained mint when I had ants in my kitchen and that seemed to work.

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