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How to get rid of midges in the house

Read on to find out what attracts midges and how to get rid of them when they’re in your house.


window with a midge trap attached

Key steps

  • Practice good hygiene to avoid attracted midges.
  • Keep your kitchen clean and free from overripe fruit.
  • Use screens on your doors and windows.
  • Empty paddling pools and any other standing or pooled water to prevent a midge infestation.
  • Create a midge trap with apple cider vinegar and washing up liquid.

Whilst you may want to create a bee friendly garden, other insects such as midges are not so welcome – especially in your home. Midges in the house aren't just an invasive presence: they can also give you an irritating collection of bites. In the summer, swarms of midges can get so numerous that they might make their way into your home; so, we’re going to show you how to get rid of midges with some simple steps.

Midges do not like the scent of pine oil, so try hanging an old cloth or rag soaked in pine oil above the doors and windows of your home.

How to get rid of midges: understand what attracts midges and how to get rid of them

Whether you’re wondering “what are midges attracted to?” or “how to get rid of midges?” – we’ve got you covered.

1.     Practice good hygiene. Whilst midges may still make their way to your home for other reasons, they particularly love body heat and the smell of sweat. Staying cool and clean will reduce the likelihood of them wanting to find you.

2.     Keep your kitchen fresh. Midges love high-sugar juices such as flower nectar and fruit juice. Make sure you keep your kitchen clear of overripe fruit.

3.     Use screens on your doors and windows. This is a great way to prevent them getting into your home. Ensure they are tightly woven as midges are masters of flying through incredibly small holes.

4.     Ensure your home has no standing water. What are midges going to do with water? Lay eggs! If you want to avoid a midge infestation, it is essential to empty out paddling pools, pet water bowls and more when they are not in use.

5.     Create a midge trap. This is super easy to do and a great way to get rid of midges that are already in your home. Put apple cider vinegar into a bowl with a few drops of washing up liquid. Midges are attracted to the smell of the mix but get stuck when they land! Don’t forget to empty and clean out the bowl, and replace the mixture every few days.

With this simple guide we have shown you not only what attracts midges, but also how to get rid of them. Now you know how to get rid of midges, take a look at our tips on warding off mosquitoes and other summer insects here.


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