On Summer Gnat Catching

Okay, how many of you out there are in your kitchen, or your bathroom, or anywhere else, and you spot not one, not two, but many of those little annoying bugs we like to call gnats? For most of us living in homes without air conditioning and windows that remain open 3/4 of the full year, you know exactly what I’m talking about, AND DO I HAVE THE TRICK FOR YOU, and I do guarantee it will work, without a doubt. After setting up my own homemade trap, I’ve caught three gnats in 24 hours, and expect to find more when I go home tonight, though I’ll never forget my very first Chicago apartment, after a week, I got a grand total of 24 gnats that had been infesting my kitchen, and after a month of consistently setting up a trap, I never had another gnat problem. It might not work immediately, but it DOES work.

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So what do you need? Apple Cider Vinegar, Dish Soap (LIQUID!), clear cling wrap (the regular kind, not the press & seal, which I don’t believe works as well), a bowl, and toothpicks (or a pen tip). If you don’t have apple cider vinegar, use wine or any other vinegar you have on hand.

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Put about 1 cup into the bowl, add a few drops (4 or 5) of the liquid dish soap (which will break the tension of the liquid so le annoying little buggies can’t sit on the surface). Then cover your bowl with the cling wrap so it’s nice and tight across the bowl. Then carefully poke holes throughout the wrap (about 10 just to make sure there are plenty of openings for the bugs to choose from). I even make two or three holes JUUUUST a tiny bit larger than the others in case of bigger gnats that can’t squeeze themselves into the tiny pin pricks, but definitely no more than three or you’ll end up giving them a chance to escape! Then leave the bowl where you have seen the gnats, and wait!

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In a day, maybe two, check on your trap and you should start to see a collection of the gnats at the bottom of your bowl. Leave your trap out for about 4-5 days, then rinse/wash your bowl, and reset as needed!

Here’s to keeping your home bug free for the summer! —Cooking Maggie

 

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