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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!

4 comments:

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

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

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

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