Friday, July 23, 2010

Getting rid of Gnats - the Environmentally Friendly way!

I hate gnats.

They fly around my face, get into everything, and drive me insane.

I wanted to find another solution other than dumping BLEACH or AMMONIA down the drain, as that seems to be the most common way to solve the problem. Really? Does that solve anything but continue to pollute our beautiful planet? GEEZ!

Well luckily I discovered an easier (and more planet-friendly) way to get rid of the pests after much internet searching. Here goes....

Fill a small cup or bowl with a little bit of vinegar (I only had Apple Cider vinegar, but that seemed to work fine!). Cover the bowl with cling wrap, and secure in place with a rubber band. Poke little holes near the center of the cling wrap with a toothpick or pen. Leave it beside whatever sink seems to be infested.

The amazing thing? It WORKS! I left one by my sink yesterday morning, and when I got home from work, there were DOZENS of gnats trapped in there! I couldn't believe it. It seems as though the buggers can get inside, but can't get out. Brilliant!


Andrea said...

You can also put a few drops of dish soap into the vinegar instead of using the plastic wrap. It changes the surface tension of the liquid so when the bugs land on it they get sucked under. Works great!

Beth B said...

WHOA - science at it's best! Good call! Even MORE environmentally friendly than my way too (since you aren't using plastic wrap). :) thanks for the suggestion!