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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Pest Control

We have had problems with gnats every summer for years and years. I don't know if they come home with the produce from the store or if it's just a natural occurrence in a humid climate. Whatever the cause, they bug us!

Until last year. Last year I found a natural, safe solution. This is a trap anyone can make with normal things found around the house.

I fill a short juice glass with apple cider vinegar (I don't use raw for these purposes--too expensive, I just use the generic store brand). Then I just drop a drop of dish liquid onto the surface to break the surface tension. The vinegar attracts the gnats and since the surface tension is broken, they drown.

Gnat Trap

I keep this glass in my kitchen and refresh it with water as needed or just throw it out and make a new one.

I have tried a small ramekin (6oz.), but it didn't seem to work. I don't know if the edge makes a difference, perhaps the gnats had too much area to climb out with. I don't know. But the juice glass works wonders.

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Now we no longer have to suffer every summer with annoying gnats!

Tip: It seems to take a couple days to work, so give it time. But after that, you should be gnat-free.

Hope this is helpful. If you have a natural bug repellant tip, please share!


  1. This works wonders with fruit flies as well!!

  2. Great! Now if someone has some ideas on natural spider repellents PLEASE share!

  3. You can try glue boards for spiders instead of insecticides as an alternative.