Gnats vs. fruit flies — Can You Tell the Difference?

Gnats vs. fruit flies — Can You Tell the Difference
  • Gnats: Fungus gnats are dark with dark wings that are not transparent. The eyes of an adult have a very distinct identification characteristic which meet above the base of the antennae.
  • Fruit flies can have red or dark eyes. The body color is light cream to brown with clear wings.

To eliminate fruit flies, investigate food storage and disposal areas. Clean and scrub drains or floors that have decaying organic materials. Flush drains with an effective bio or drain gel which have good microbes to fight and stop the buildup of decomposing material the flies feed on.

To get rid of fungus gnats, use Mosquito Bits® with BTI. Water your plants with a "tea" made from Mosquito Bits to kill fungus gnat larvae in the soil. Kill adult fungus gnats with Year-Round® Horticultural Spray Oil.