All Natural Gnat Catch

Let’s start off this not-so-pleasant post with something a little more…pleasing.

Take a look at THIS:

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These are some beautiful faux tulips that I am planning on using in a creative project. But I’m not here to talk about that right now. I just posted this picture of them so you won’t be inundated with totally yucky stuff here. When you see the pics below, think back and remember this something beautiful.

Now, let’s begin.

It’s that time of the year where you are gathering yummies from your fruit trees and vegetable plants and bringing them to the kitchen to await tasty cookups. Some of this stuff attracts nasties, though, and we’ve gotta deal with it without spraying down your kitchen in harmful pesticides!

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First, get an old jar that you were about to recycle and make sure it is washed clean. Screw the lid on tight.

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Now punch in tiny holes all over the lid. I just used my paper piercer that came with some scrapbooking tools. If you happen to have one of those lying around, use it because it is perfect for the job! Otherwise, find anything sharp with a small point to it. And um, do be careful, okay? We don’t want any bloody fingers…or dirrrrrrrty diapers…(does anyone else remember that stupid ghost story from their childhood?).

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Take the lid back off. Grab some good apple cider vinegar and pour in a good bit. For this size jar, I filled it up about 1/3 of the way full.

Now set your homemade jar trap somewhere in your kitchen where the little critters like to hang out. I chose to put mine beside my sink.

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If you were to step back a little and watch, you will see the suckers drawn straight up to it. They can’t get enough of the stuff! It’s like one big Drink Fest and they think they are really living it up. Little do they know how bad this really is for ‘em! HA!

Thankfully, gnats are not the sharpest knives in the shed – wait…what? Anyway, they aren’t too smart, so what happens here is they crawl in to the party but they can not remember how to crawl back out. Thus, they fly and crawl around inside until it drives them crazy and then – I guess – get too tired, fall into the drink and die. You will see all the dead gnats floating around in the vinegar in several hours.

Try it! It truly works! Now that we are finished with that grody stuff…let’s go back and think about something pretty:

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Ah yes! Beautiful flowers in my gnat-free kitchen! Glad we could end this thing on a happy note! <3

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7 comments to All Natural Gnat Catch

  • We’ve had a problem with ants. Do you think that this will work for them as well?

  • servingwhilesaving

    GIrl this is a God send….we have been having TERRIBLE issues with gnats this year! Thanks for posting! :0)

  • Thanks Amber! We’ll give it a try.

  • Chrissy

    Hmmm…how about spiders? Our shed is full of ‘em! Do they hate mint, too?

  • Hey Becca – I’m sorry, but I don’t see this working for ants at all. You’ll have to try a different approach, and I’m pretty sure that that approach varies on the ants. What kind of ants are they?

    There is a general way to get rid of ants, too. See if you can locate where they are coming in your home, and follow the trail outside. What you’re going to do there is get an old lid off a jar. Take 4 tablespoons of cornmeal and mix it with about 3 tablespoons of bacon grease left over from your morning’s breakfast. Add to that 3 tablespoons of baking powder and 3 packages of rapid rise yeast. Mix it all up and put it on the inside of the jar lid. You are basically making your own trap. What’s best is to collect several jar lids and make a bunch to set around the different ant hills. This mix causes the ants to swell up and die when they eat it!

    NOTE: this remedy does NOT work that well for fire ants. Those fire ant boogers are more relentless and you really have to go after the queen in that sitchy.

    Another thing you can do outside is fill up a spray bottle full of water and put in several drops of either peppermint essential oil or eucalyptus essential oil and spray the hills. Also, spray all around your house. You will LOVE the smell. Ants, however, will NOT.

    For inside your home, mix 1 cup of warm water, 1/2 cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of Borax. Soak some cotton balls in this mix and place them in the ant trails coming in your home.

    ANT PREVENTION:
    Plant MINT all around your house to deter the ants. They can’t STAND mint!! Actually, a lot of bugs can’t stand the stuff, so it’s a really good deterrent all around. I am in the process of getting mint all around the house and only have it at the front thus far. I will tell you…it’s cool because it spreads pretty fast and comes back on its own every year when warm weather hits. It smells nice and will be great to add to teas and desserts. LOVE IT!

    Another thing you can do is sprinkle coffee grounds all around your house. That’s another thing they can’t stand and won’t pass over it.

  • You’re so welcome! Have you made yours yet?

  • From what I’ve seen around here, spiders don’t mind the mint! They have constructed webs ON the mint plants to catch other bugs. So yeah…You might want to try something else! =-)

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