Sitting outside is so enjoyable until you’re faced with gnats. Some types of gnats bite, but regardless of what kind you have, they are annoying and can ruin any outdoor gathering. But there is a solution: a DIY gnat trap!

Here’s the Simple Solution and how to make your own!

This image shows the materials listed for making a DIY gnat trap. The materials include: apple cider vinegar, liquid dish soap, an exacto knife, and a two-liter bottle.
To build your own trap, limited materials are required. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Materials Needed

For this DIY gnat trap, there are few materials needed. First, you’ll need a two-liter bottle emptied and cleaned out.

Next, you’ll need apple cider vinegar and liquid dish soap.

Lastly, you’ll need an exacto knife.

This image shows the apple cider vinegar being poured into the two-liter bottle, cut in half.
Use apple cider vinegar and liquid dish soap to repel the gnats once and for all. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Make Your Gnat Trap

To make your trap, use the exacto knife and cut off the top third of the two-liter bottle. In the bottom section of the bottle, pour about a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar. Then, squirt a couple of squirts of the liquid dish soap into the bottle with the vinegar.

Next, swirl the vinegar and soap mixture to mix the two. Once thoroughly mixed, take the top half of the bottle and place it on top of the bottom half of the bottle in an inverted way, resembling a funnel. After that, you’re done!

How the Gnat Trap Works

The trap is successful because the gnats are attracted to the apple cider vinegar. So, they fly into the bottle through the funnel and into the vinegar and soap mixture. But they get trapped by the soap and cannot find the small hole to escape.

So, if you’re ready for outdoor activities to stop being ruined by gnats, use this DIY gnat trap. It should work just as well as the best gnat traps on the market. Just set it out around the area you’ll be in and watch the magic happen.

Watch the video above for more information!

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Joe Truini

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Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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