A cat litter box can be a major source of odor, but it can also create a common nuisance. Sometimes it can be a magnet for gnats or tiny flies in the home. Gnats will come and go, and if the problem is not solved they will multiply. Use the following easy ways to get rid of gnats around a cat litter box, and solve the problem quickly and with very little expense.
Begin with a Clean Cat Litter Box to Discourage Gnats
A dirty cat litter box can draw gnats, even if the box is not unusually dirty. Most people simply dump the old material and add new, but the pan should be sanitized at least once a month. Use a solution of bleach and water at a ratio of one part bleach and ten parts water, or use a commercial all-purpose cleaner. Rinse and dry it thoroughly. Also, to get rid of gnats around the pan, change it more often, or consider using scoopable litter. If the pan will not be scooped out everyday, this type of litter is not worth the expense. In any case the pan must stay relatively clean.
Set out a Bowl of Apple Cider Vinegar and Soap to Trap Gnats
When trying to get rid of gnats around a cat litter box, forget about using chemical products or ugly pest strips. Set out a bowl of apple cider vinegar that contains a drop of dishwashing liquid. Stir the mixture, and give it time to work. Gnats around a cat litter box will not immediately descend upon the bowl of apple cider vinegar and soap, but they will begin to show interest. In time they will try to sample the brew and they will fall in. Without the soap the gnats would be able to get out, but with it they will drown. Eventually all of the gnats that were around the cat litter box will end up in the liquid trap.
Look Around the House for Other Sources of Gnats
When gnats are discovered around a cat box, this does not mean it was the source of the problem. Overripe fruit, rotting organic matter, and plants can attract gnats or tiny flies. Once they are in the home they naturally end up around the cat litter pan.
Look around the house for overripe fruit, forgotten trash cans, and over-watered plants with decaying foliage. Get rid of these sources, and along with the aforementioned methods, the problem with gnats or tiny flies around the cat pan will be solved once and for all.