I have two cats, both are females (one white and one black) and they have their own litter boxes. Both boxes are about two feet from each other. I clean each litter box once a week with bleach. I recently started doing this because fruit flies have been coming out of only one litter box, and it's the white cat's litter box.
First, are you sure that only one cat uses that litter box? If so, you might want to take her to the vet. Believe it or not, this might be a sign of diabetes or kidney troubles. When insects start being attracted to something in the urine, this is not a good sign. It can mean excess sugar in the urine.
I have 3 cats and 2 large litter boxes for them and I am having a huge gnat or fruit fly problem. I keep the litters clean and get rid of everything the bugs would like, but they are still here. I want to get rid of the bugs, but not the cats. The bugs have been here since the last summer began and no doubt will be twice as bad when summer comes again. Please help! They are so annoying.
Put 1 cup of apple cider vinegar in a plastic cup, then two drops of dish washing liquid (cheap is fine, too) to break up the surface adhesion. The bugs will dive in and drown. This is the cheapest and easiest way to keep them at bay.
Chances are you aren't cleaning the litter box often enough. What kind of litter are you using? I suggest the clumping kind. If you aren't currently using that you will be happier using the clumping so you can scoop both the urine and the poopie once or twice a day and put in a used veggie bag or grocery bag to dispose of. It's so much easier and will keep those bugs away. If you buy store brand clumping litter it's a lot cheaper than name brand. Even then you might think the cost is outrageous but it's really not because you're not having to throw out all of the urine soaked regular litter, only the clumps. Be sure to clean and dry the litter box thoroughly before putting the new litter in.
I have a gnat problem in my litter box. I just recently bought a litter maid. The waste bin is filled with gnats. I did not have this problem before I got the new box.
Please help! Our kitten eats Iams food for kittens and it seems that there are little gnats coming out of his litter box. Does anyone know what causes this? - Ana
From what I've read, the gnats (possibly called fungus gnats) are probably laying eggs in the kitty litter.
These are, more then likely, not gnats. I am willing to bet these are what most people would call fruit flies. I know what you are thinking...however, fruit flies are related to dung flies. So these could be the cousins, that have invaded kitty's box.
I have from time to time seen a spider or 2 in the dirty box, I will clean it, replace it. Then recently I spotted an unidentifyable bug. Is this normal???
We had this same problem last year. My husband tells me that these insects also like urinals. I accidently found a solution to this problem when I decided to put a bowl of vinegar near the catbox for odor control. The gnats must have liked the way the vinegar smelled because they all drowned themselves in it within a week or two.
Had this problem and it got so bad today that I had to go to Home Depot and get fly paper coils. The pop open and then are hung on the walls or wherever and capture the flying adults. I also got some spray and fumigated the cats litter box area (which we keep under the stairwell downstairs, with it's own door fortunately). I cleaned the box with bleach and scrubbed it clean.
So far, seems like they are gone for now. Will see if it lasts. Thanks for the info everyone. Very helpful.
gnats are really bad last year and this year. the best thing for it them is fly paper strips all over your house. and especially above the litter box. they are cheap and they work....
Help! They are living in my refrigerator. What is causing this and what can I do about it?
I have found red pill bugs in my cats litter box. Do I need to take my cat to the vet?
If these are pill bugs, the color means they are dying so probably aren't any risk to your cat. Here's a link that shows some pictures and give some information:
You can see if this is the same type of pest you are dealing with.
Susan from ThriftyFun
Great...I have this same problem now. From what I've seen, there are a combination of both gnats and what look to be fruitflies. After I couldn't find a food source in the kitchen that may have been giving life to these annoying pests, I looked in the cat litter box and noticed quite a few. I couldn't even drink anything without using a lid on the glass, for if I waited awhile one of the gnats would land in it and drown. I also found a substantial amount of dead gnats in both the refrigerator and freezer. Guess I will try cleaning out the litter box, using the flypaper strips around it, and maybe the bowl of vinegar idea that someone else posted. My concern is that once one of my cats has another nature call, the gnats will infest the litter box all over again.
man, it's like they appeared in a week and have totally taken over my house! i'm being dive bombed! they are in my trash and litter, so i'm constantly picking up trash, changing the litter box and taking out the trash.
I have also had these, they are especially bad in the bathrooms, kitchen, & litter. I refer to them as "kamikaze gnats" because they will fly right into your mouth, nose, or even into hot food. They are fruit flies. They like the litter, and they LOVE bananas. If your gnats have stripes on them, this is probably what they are. Here is a better link to decscribe them: http://www.ca.u tfacts/ef621.asp
I have been struggling with the same issues. I did initially clean out the box but my down fall was that I placed the clean box back in the same spot. Yes, it got reinfested. This litter box was in the bathroom, in a dark corner. It seems that these "gnats" tend to like dark areas a lot. Thanks for all the suggestions and info, even from 2004.