How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter

There are a few ways to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter. One is to use a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment to suck up the flies. Another is to use a flyswatter to knock the flies off the surface. A third is to use a vacuum cleaner with a crevice tool to vacuum up the flies.

By the end of this page, you should know everything you need to know about controlling gnats (and much more) so your cat can do their business in peace.

Okay, let's keep those gnats outside!


Is it possible for flies to lay eggs in cat litter?

Yes, they do.

Flies are drawn to cat litter in the same way that they are drawn to rotting fruit or vegetables. Litter box pests include flies, gnats, roaches, and any other pest that feeds on waste or organic detritus.

If the litter box is not cleaned on a daily basis and you live in a warm and humid climate, you are inviting pests into your home.

Always clean the litter box on a daily basis, keep it in a cool, well-ventilated area, and keep humidity low.

If a housefly gets into the litter box, maggots (tiny white worms/grubs) will appear in a matter of days.

Gnats are also common in litter boxes, especially if you have soil or plants nearby. Because of their small size, they can enter your home through the patio or window screenings.

So gnats from outside your home can easily enter your home in this manner. Unless you have a very fine mesh, the screen on your patio door or window does nothing.

Can gnats live on cats?

Gnats can crawl around on your cat's fur, causing scratching or itching.

Although gnats do not bite or sting cats, they can cause discomfort. If your cat uses the litter box and you notice scratching, some gnats may have attached themselves to his fur.

If you notice bite marks, bumps, or bleeding, it could be the result of a mosquito or no see um.

What's up with the gnats in my cat's litter box?

How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
Fungus gnats are a common pest found in garbage cans.

Gnats are drawn to feces in your cat's litter box.

They eat detritus and organic matter, and your cat's poop and urine provide various nutrients for them to consume, similar to happy hour at a buffet. If your litter box is in a humid area, such as the bathroom, kitchen, or near a drain or sink, it will attract even more gnats.

Finally, gnat activity tends to increase when temperatures rise.

Other attractants in the area, such as fruits, vegetables, soil, or even your decorative indoor plants, could be bringing gnats to the litter box.

Do gnats come from poop?

Gnats can be born from feces and droppings.

Some species prefer this environment and will hide in it while consuming waste.

They'll feed on it as larvae until they mature, making it appear as if the gnats "came out" of the feces.

Fruit flies and fungus gnats are both common in cat litter.

Other than cat poop, they may be drawn to urine or even the litter used in the litter box. Organic matter in the litter, such as vegetables, corn, or grass clippings, can attract gnats.

Worms can live in cat litter.

How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
"Don't tell me I've got worms.". Again!”

Yes, particularly maggots from common houseflies.

If you don't maintain the litter bin and clean it on a regular basis, you'll notice maggots squirming around as you turn the cat litter.

You may end up bringing in a slew of larvae, as worms are the larvae form of beetles, moths, flies, and other insects. Tiny worms hiding in and eating your cat's feces should come as no surprise given the filthy conditions.

If this describes you, begin by creating a cleaning schedule.

DAILY empty, disinfect, and clean the litter box. Then, to keep bugs away, apply natural repellents to the edges.

You can use essential oils, vinegar, dish soap, and even line the edges of your litter box with sticky tape to keep pests away. Read below for more details.

Can my cat's litter box make me sick?

This is a difficult question because it is dependent on your hygiene habits.

If you're a clean person who washes your hands with warm water and soap after handling anything contained, the answer is probably no.

However, if your hygiene isn't up to par, there's a good chance you'll pick up a parasite, worm, or disease from your cat's dirty litter box.

Other factors are also at stake.:

  • The state of the litter box
  • Your overall hygiene habits
  • If there are any vectors in the litter
  • Bacteria, parasites, and vectors' environments

It is important to check the litter for parasites and other visible vectors on a regular basis.

If you don't pay attention to the pests hiding in your cat's litter, you might miss them and accidentally touch your face, hair, or clothing, transferring the organism that could make you sick.

Never, ever skimp on cleaning in order to keep bacteria at bay.

Is it possible for fleas to live in cat litter?

How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
Fleas enjoy the humid environment and plentiful food provided by your cat's litter.

Fleas thrive in litter boxes because they provide an ideal environment for fly eggs to incubate and hatch.

Even after the larvae (tiny maggots) emerge, they will remain and hide in the litter box, feeding on your cat's waste excrement until they pupate.

They will eventually mature into adult flies and leave the litter box (or simply buzz around it). This prolongs their bothersome presence and will continue to bother you and your cat.

Fleas can eventually infest your cat's fur and skin. This is the time for biting, scratching, and headaches.

In the litter, they have everything they need: a place to hide, a steady supply of cat poop to eat, and humidity from the cat urine. Why go anywhere else?

Is it possible for a cat to get worms from a dirty litter box?

A dirty litter box is a breeding ground for a variety of diseases, worms, and parasites.

If a parasite is transmitted into the litter box by a vector, all it takes is for your cat to walk over it and make contact with it to begin the parasitic process.

Unkempt litter bins are a breeding ground for worms, fleas, beetles, and other pests you don't want to deal with. Always keep it clean.

Make your own traps and use natural repellents. Check regularly for pest problems. And act accordingly.

Can gnats hurt cats?

How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
A fungus gnat perches on the rim of a litter bin. (Photo by EBKauai -, CC BY 2.0).0)

Gnats are not parasitic and lack the necessary mouthpieces to bite or harm your cat.

They can become entangled in the fur, but this will only result in minor scratching.

But that doesn't mean you should accept gnats in the litter box. They can spread disease if they come into contact with your cat's feces or urine and then fly and land on household surfaces.

Although disease transmission from gnats is uncommon, those who practice good hygiene may be concerned.

It should be noted that some gnats can bite, spread disease, and carry parasites.

However, in most of the urban US, these gnats do not end up in your cat's litter box.

It's possible to bring home a disease-carrying vector if you're dealing with these more invasive species because you're out somewhere remote or rural (or you just took your cat on a hike through the wilderness).

Does cat urine attract flies?

Cat urine stinks because of the high ammonia concentration in the waste.

The odor of ammonia attracts flies (and many other pests), luring them to your cat's waste. If your litter box is in a humid location or contains other organic waste (bathroom, shower, kitchen, near drains or trash cans, etc.),.) then this is an excellent flea attractant.

For starters, try essential oils, fly traps, and sticky tape.

But nothing beats regularly cleaning and turning over the litter.

You can also consider moving the entire bin to a less pest-prone location.

Which bugs are drawn to cat litter?

There are bugs that are drawn to cat litter.

Cat litter attracts a variety of insects to your home. There are numerous pests that feed on feces.

However, some are more common in homes than others, such as mosquitoes, flies, beetles, and, of course, gnats.

Fruit flies consume cat litter in addition to fruits. Fungus gnats, dung beetles, bumble bugs, litter beetles, fleas, grain weevils, and even moths have been observed feeding on the waste.

Jumping bugs, silverfish, earwigs, and even bugs that only eat the corn from your cat's waste exist.

Don't take any chances or test the waters. Be proactive in preventing pest problems.

The last thing you want to do is dig through the litter to find a layer of grubs hiding beneath the surface layer.

Gnats in my cat's litter box: how do I get rid of them?

How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
Be patient and persistent.

Here are some home remedies for getting rid of gnats in the litter box.

When possible, use natural or organic methods and avoid dangerous or toxic poisons, especially if you have a live feline around. Try a few of them and see what works for you.

There is no single best way to get rid of gnats; instead, you must use a combination of them.

Clean the litter box

The most obvious way to keep gnats at bay in your litter box is to keep it clean. Maintain it.

Don't let the cat poop pile up and attract more gnats (as well as other pests like palmettos).

It only takes a few days for a few gnats to breed and start a new generation once they have established shelter. You should clean the litter box thoroughly and completely on a DAILY basis.

Not every other day. Not every week. DAILY.

This is important because you don't want to disrupt the lifecycle by throwing out any eggs that the gnats may have deposited in the litter or along the sides of the litter box.

Use fewer scoops of cat litter than usual to avoid wasting too much during this time. Reduce the amount by half and see if it still deodorizes the litter. You can adjust as needed.

As soon as possible, clean it out. Gnats are drawn to cat urine and the excess moisture it creates in the litter.

So getting rid of it and keeping it dry will keep gnats and other moisture-seeking bugs away.

Use vinegar

How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
Vinegar has the ability to repel all types of flying pests.

Vinegar cleans everything. It’s truly an amazing product.

Another possibility is to use it to kill and repel gnats.

Clean the litter box with vinegar and apply a layer of it before adding new litter. When cleaning out the litter bin, dilute vinegar in equal parts water and spray it with it.

The layer of vinegar at the bottom and sides acts as a natural deterrent, keeping gnats away from the litter box's perimeter.

Make your own gnat killer

You can use vinegar to kill gnats in the same way that you can use it to repel them. This mixture will disinfect and kill any remaining bacteria.

Because of the high acidity, spraying gnats with vinegar can be an effective gnat killer.

In a spray bottle, combine equal parts vinegar and water. Swirl in a few drops of dish soap until it begins to foam on the surface of the mixture.

Spray gnats that are flying around on the litter, and they should drown due to the high surface tension of the dish detergent.

This can also be used to clean the litter box. Because of the additional dish soap, I find that this recipe cleans faster than just using pure vinegar.

Don't let the litter get wet.

Flies and fungus gnats will be attracted to wet litter.

Keep them at bay by keeping the area dry. The accumulation of wet litter will eventually provide a breeding ground for fleas, gnats, and even moths.

Some flea eggs hatch in just one day, extending their lifecycle. With so many fleas, you'll have a flea infestation in no time.

When it gets wet, empty it (or at least the damp part) into a secure plastic bag or container. After each thorough cleaning, always rinse with dish soap and water.

Make a vinegar gnat trap.

Gnat traps can be made with apple cider vinegar.

You can use pure vinegar, but combining it with bait to attract gnats is far more effective (and time-consuming).

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon of dish soap
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • A small bowl or container

How to make it:

  • In a small bowl, combine the water and apple cider vinegar.
  • Add the dish soap
  • Gently stir it until it begins to bubble.

How to use it:

Position the bowl near your cat's litter box.

The gnats are drawn to the apple cider vinegar and will land on the bowl before dropping down to drink it. Because dish soap has a high surface tension, it traps them beneath the liquid and prevents them from flying back out.

If the gnats land in the mixture but then fly away, add more dish soap.

And, of course, do not feed the mixture to your cat. Place it somewhere secure.

When the mixture is full of dead bugs, replace it as needed.

The scent of the ACV fades over time and must be replaced with a new mixture.

You can also make a paper funnel by rolling a sheet of paper and shoving it into a small bottle of vinegar and dish soap with water as the base mixture.

Gnats and fleas enter the trap and drown in the soap.

Build a wine or beer trap.

You can use wine or beer instead of vinegar to make a gnat trap.

Gnats are vexing pests, but they can be easily enticed into a trap with any fermented beverage.

In a small container, combine wine or beer, a few drops of dish soap, and equal parts water. Place it near your kitten's litter box. This will help to entice the gnat away from the bin and into the trap.

Don't rely solely on these traps to eliminate the gnat problem. If you want to permanently eliminate them, you must clean the litter while traps are set up.

Seal up entryways

How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
Pests are less attracted to a clean yard.

Gnats had to come from somewhere, didn't they?

They most likely flew into your house through a crack, crevice, or other opening. Examine your home for common areas where they could be entering.

Here are some common locations to look for gnat activity.:

  • Window screens that are torn or damaged should be replaced.
  • Seal up door gaps
  • Caulk or replace damaged weatherstripping
  • Examine your vents and HVAC system.
  • Close your doors and windows.
  • To avoid vinegar flies, clean and wash any fruits or vegetables.
  • Examine your cat or dog for gnats.
  • Examine your indoor plants for gnat activity.
  • Look for flies or gnats in your drains, sinks, and other humid areas.
  • Examine your plumbing for any dripping or puddles.
  • Check for gnats in any nearby soil (outdoor yard and indoor potted plants).
  • Maintain a clean and tidy yard.
  • Properly dispose of or store wood
  • Keep your patio furnishings clean

Gnats could be entering your property from the outside, or they could be breeding inside your home.

You must investigate both to determine where they are coming from.

This is especially important if you notice gnats buzzing around your cat's litter box even after you've cleaned it thoroughly.

Make a gnat trap out of saran wrap.

You can make a trap out of saran wrap and some bait.

This one is slightly more effective at keeping gnats at bay. Combine equal parts liquor or apple cider vinegar and water.

Fill a mason jar halfway with the mixture and cover with cling film. Make some holes in it and wrap it around the jar's neck with a rubber band. The trap should then be placed next to your litter box, where pets cannot access it.

Also, keep an eye out for children and other people.

The gnats are drawn to the ACV scent and fly through the holes into the jar, but they can't get back out. You can kill them with dish soap and water before typing it out.

To avoid bacterial buildup, you can reuse the container after a thorough cleaning.

Use a candle trap

Candles can be transformed into a lethal gnat trap.

It works by placing a live flame from a candle inside a mason jar filled with a moat of water.

As a result, the candle sits above the water level and burns at the jar's bottom. Gnats will fly to the candle and land right in the jar. The gnats are killed by the candle's heat.

Some people mix dish soap into the water to make it more difficult for them to escape. You should ONLY do this if you have a 100% controlled environment.

As with any flame, be cautious of pets and people knocking it over.

Always keep an eye on the trap and NEVER leave it unattended.

Have the ability to put out a fire if necessary. This is best suited for enclosed outside litter boxes.

Use less litter

Reduce the amount of litter you use by half.

This will provide less substrate for the gnats to live in and may make removal easier.

Depending on your cat's routine, you can adjust the amount of litter. You'll need more litter if you feed a lot of food or your cat drinks a lot of water.

If not, reduce the amount you use. This will save you money as well as reduce the number of pests you have to deal with.

It will also help to prevent the accumulation of organic matter that they eat.

Try sticky tape

Sticky tape is available at any hardware store. Simply tape it around the areas where you frequently see gnats. You can apply it to the outside and inside of the litter bin.

Gnats become entangled when they fly or walk on the tape.

Replace as needed and use according to the product label. The advantage of sticky tape is that one roll lasts a long time.

Use a double-sided, non-damaging tape around the house. It can be used to cover window sills, doors, walls, and even the ceiling.

Some people hang one end of the strand from the ceiling and let the other end hang down. Gnats will fly into the tape and become entangled. They're also simple to replace and completely passive once set up!

You don't need to do anything else as long as they're securely and safely placed.

What I like best about sticky tape is that the strips can be used as a gauge to see how well you're doing with gnat elimination.

You should notice fewer gnats stuck to the adhesive strips over time. If you see this, you know that whatever you're doing is effective.

If you see the opposite, try a different home remedy to get rid of the gnats in your cat's litter bin.

Spray with alcohol

Gnats are killed when they come into contact with rubbing alcohol.

If you want a quick and clean kill that leaves no harmful chemical residues, use rubbing alcohol.

Even 70% should be enough (and you can dilute it with water to get more out of it).

Although rubbing alcohol evaporates quickly and leaves no residue, it can cause damage to certain paints, finishes, and surfaces. So don't go spraying it all over the place.

You can use it to clean the litter box or as a gnat killer to keep the critters away from your home.

Rubbing alcohol can also be used to kill gnats and flies. A few spritzes of it into the air are enough to kill the flying pests.

Keep humidity down

How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
Bathroom and kitchen sinks are sources of moisture.

Keeping the humidity low in the room where the litter box is kept can help.

Gnats and flies are both drawn to moist environments where they can thrive. Consider relocating the litter box to a dry, well-lit location.

Alternately, reduce the humidity in the room where the bin is kept.:

  • Any water spills should be dried up as soon as possible.
  • Open windows to allow airflow
  • Circulate the air with a box fan.
  • If you are unable to relocate the litter bin, use a dehumidifier.
  • Avoid putting the bin in areas such as the bathroom or kitchen.

Although it makes sense to you (the bathroom is where you do your business), it is simply a breeding ground for pests.

Relocate the litter box

When you're out of ideas, relocate the litter bin.

Perhaps in a room with plenty of natural light and no humidity.

Of course, your cat will have to adjust to it.

However, it may eliminate the gnat problem and eliminate the possibility of them hiding in your plants or entering your home from a specific area. If you notice that there are no more gnats around the cat litter, this could indicate a room-specific infestation.

Find out where they're coming from and eliminate, block, or set up traps/repellents in that area to permanently get rid of them.

Hire a professional

If you can't get rid of the gnats, consider hiring a licensed pest exterminator.

They usually provide a free home inspection to assess the problem. They might be able to give you some pointers on where the gnats are coming from and whether you can control them at home.

Before hiring a company, do some research and read some reviews to see what others have to say about them.

Some have alternative "natural" chemicals that you should inquire about.

After all, you don't want pesticide residues lingering around your house, garden, or CAT, do you? Don't rush and take your time.

How to keep gnats out of your litter box

How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
These natural bug repellents will keep the bugs at bay.

You have a few options for keeping bugs out of your litter box. Begin with a combination of different remedies and work your way up from there.

Stop using the ones that aren't working and experiment with new ones. Here are some techniques to try::

  • Sticky tape the litter box's perimeter to catch crawling and flying bugs.
  • Clean the litter box on a daily basis.
  • Remove damp litter ASAP
  • Use half as much litter.
  • Plants that repel bugs (marigold, lavender, rosemary, basil, onion, garlic, etc.) should be placed around the litter bin.)
  • Use a bug zapper
  • Reduce the amount of moisture in the air.
  • Remove the litter box from near windows and doors.
  • Make certain that there are no fruits or vegetables near the litter.
  • When cleaning the bin, use vinegar and dish soap.

You can keep gnats and other pests away from the litter box by following these guidelines.

Assuming your cat's pest problem isn't too severe, keeping it pest-free shouldn't be too difficult.

Also, make sure your CAT isn't bringing in pests from outside or has a flea infestation.

Other bugs that can be found in litter boxes

How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
Silverfish, weevils, worms, and more.

Other than gnats, there are a few other bugs that are commonly found in litter boxes.

Because of the environment created by the waste and wetness of the litter, all kinds of nasty bugs will gladly make it their home.

You might even be dealing with an entirely different insect than gnats.

Maybe you're about to find out.

So let's get started and look at some quick tips for dealing with these other pesky pests--just in case you have more than one type of bug eating up your cat litter.

Weevils in cat litter

How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
Rice weevils are common in nature, but they can also be found in rice or cereal.

Weevils (grain and rice weevils) are common in litter boxes, particularly if the litter contains corn, rice, wheat, or grain.

These weevils feed on grain and reproduce in it.

They don't need any special conditions to reproduce, so they're likely to do so right in the box--especially if it's not clean. The moisture from your cat's waste will only benefit you.

Grain weevil larvae resemble tiny white worms and pupate into small beetles.

So, if you see worms or beetles in the litter, it could be just one bug. Grain weevils. You can get rid of them by following this guide.

You should also inspect your dry goods, such as flour, wheat, cereal, oats, and so on.

The weevils could have come from your kitchen pantry or from your litter box to your kitchen drawers, so be cautious.

Weevils will always necessitate a thorough cleaning of your pantry. They're also very good at hiding, so you'll have to be thorough and leave no stone unturned.

Silverfish in cat litter

How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
Your cat provides plenty of food for silverfish.

Another pest you might find in your cat's litter box is silverfish.

These nimble critters will dig through the litter and consume detritus and debris. They're drawn to the excess moisture in your cat's waste, so they have everything they need to coexist.

Fortunately, silverfish are relatively easy to manage.

Maintain a clean and dry litter box. They should leave on their own. Just make sure you're dealing with silverfish and not something similar, such as booklice.

Drain flies in cat litter

How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
Drain flies prefer litter that is humid and damp.

Drain flies may appear in damp areas with plenty of bacteria and fungus for them to eat.

As the name implies, they are commonly found in drains where sludge buildup provides them with an abundance of particles to eat.

Dirty or unclean litter bins, such as debris and buildup in the corners or bottom of your bin, may also create the same environment for drain flies.

Keep it clean and use a cleaner such as vinegar to remove any sludge. To fully remove any buildup, soak the entire bin in a mixture of baking soda and water once a month.

Cat litter mites

How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
Clover mites are abundant during the growing season.

Mites are another common pest.

Mites come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and they are frequently confused with other insects due to their small size. Mites lack wings and are typically found on surfaces that are the inverse (opposite) of their color.

Spider mites, for example, are easily visible on white surfaces.

So get some litter and pour it on a piece of paper. Then, using your phone's camera, zoom in. See if you can find any tiny mites moving around.

Carpet beetles, tiny spiders, and fleas may also be found during the process because they all prefer the same environments. Mites can be kept under control with regular cleaning and disinfecting.

Mold mites, clover mites, and even mites that hide in your computer are all common types found in the home.

Have you noticed the pattern yet?

Keep your bin clean and you'll save yourself a lot of trouble later on.

Further reading

Here are some resources and references that you might find helpful.:

  • Gnat – Wikipedia
  • Fungus gnat – Wikipedia
  • Reddit: Bugs in cat litter box

Did you remove the gnats from your cat's litter box?

How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
A contented cat with a pest-free litter box.

You now have a strong foundation to begin eliminating fungus gnats, flies, silverfish, beetles, and even mites found in your litter bin.

Oliver will appreciate it. It will take some perseverance and patience, and you will most likely have to try a few different remedies before you find one that works.

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section below. If you've dealt with bugs in the litterbox before, share your knowledge with others.

If you found this article useful, please consider forwarding it to a friend who might benefit from it (perhaps a fellow cat owner online?).

Thanks for reading.

How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter
How to get rid of fruit flies in cat litter

Anthony Soon

For the past 8 years, I have been an active researcher in the pest control industry, with a focus on using natural and organic methods to eliminate pest problems.

I share useful DIY pest control techniques I come across on this site to help others (and possibly save them from a mental breakdown).

What can I do to get rid of flies in my cat's litter box?

Try hanging fly traps — those long, sticky ribbons — in the litter box area, but not too close to the cats. A wine bottle or milk container (or anything with a narrow neck) can also be used to make a fly trap.

Why do I have flies in my cat's litter box?

The most likely culprits are fungus gnats and fruit flies . Both are drawn to damp areas, such as those found in a litter box or a scooping container. Another attractive factor could be the type of litter you use. Look for vegetable matter in the ingredients, such as corn or compressed grass clippings.

Are fruit flies dangerous to cats?

It is not uncommon for our cat to hunt and eat a fly, as we have seen. Due to their small size, Eating small insects should not harm them. . In fact, the fly can supplement its diet with natural protein. However, there is concern that the fly will carry pathogens that will harm the cat's immune system.

Flies can lay eggs in cat litter.

If they can get to the cat feces, flies will lay eggs in them. . Maggots will hatch from those eggs. The best way to avoid these problems is to scoop the litter box twice daily and change the litter as directed.