Monday, November 10, 2008

How to get rid of gnats (aka fruit flies)

So in my daughter's hurry to finish up her chore of cleaning out her lunch box and putting it away after school, she neglected to remove the banana peel before shoving her lunch bag all the way to the back of the cupboard. As if that wasn't bad enough, she decided to go on a record run of buying lunch at school so it was left there for at least a couple of weeks. Amazingly, we didn't notice a smell, but couldn't figure out where all of the pesky gnats were coming from.

In the midst of our gnat-battle, I just-so-happened to open the door for the cupboard in which her lunch bag was stowed and found a noticeably large concentration of gnats. So, of course, I opened the lunch bag right then and there and ran screaming to the garage where I promptly deposited the entire thing in the garbage can. (I'm still shuddering at the thought of the discovery.)

But now...we have more gnats. I unleashed the Great Gnat Army when I (brilliantly) opened the lunch bag in. the. house.

I set a couple empty margarine tubs around the kitchen with a 1/4 - 1/2 inch of vinegar in them. Then (this is the key), lined the rim of the tub with vegetable oil. You might want to set the tubs on a plate or a coaster to prevent the oil from making a mess on your counter tops. The easiest way to line the rim of the tub with oil? We always keep some oil in a squeeze bottle for mess free cooking (and now gnat fighting). The gnats are attracted to the vinegar and get stuck in the oil. I clean the tubs out once or twice a day and refill until the gnats are gone. Our gnat army has been reduced to just a few gallant soldiers in about 36 hours. Much better than bombing the house with pesky chemicals.


Heidi said...

Oops! I meant to reply to THIS post!

Heidi said...

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