Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Gnat Trap!

Have you noticed tiny little flying insects in the kitchen around your fruit bowls?  Do you have banana's sitting on the counter and when you walk by a swarm flies up and away?  

You have gnats!  Also known as fruit flies, critters, bugs and pests in general.  They come with the territory when you have a good deal of fruit in the house.  With it being the end of summer, we all have some  of the little pests flying around the house.  Ti's no crime, and no reflection on your housekeeping.  It's just a fact of life.  


You don't have to keep them or allow them to set up housekeeping in your home.  You don't need to go out and purchase poisons, strips, or even the electric critter zapper you've seen advertised late at night on the cable channels.  All you need is a couple of items that you most certainly have around the house right now and if not a short jaunt to the local grocery store will take care of it for less than $5.00.

Okay, let's gather the tools together.  Go to your kitchen pantry and find your bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar, bring it to the counter.  Then look on your kitchen sink and find  your bottle of liquid dish detergent.  Bring that to the counter and place it beside the vinegar,  Now go to the cabinet that you keep small light colored bowls in, find one that will hold about 1 cup of liquid and bring it over to the other items we've gathered.  

Now, pour 1/4 cup of the Apple Cider Vinegar into the small bowl.  Open the bottle of dish detergent and drop 2 to 3 drops into the vinegar in the small bowl.  Stir together with a fork, gently.  Then place the bowl in the location that you see the most gnats in.  My guess, and where mine is right now, is it will be beside the fruit on your counter. 

Now we wait.  When you go back in a little while, you will find the little critters have found the "treat" you've left for them and have dived right in.  This will get rid of the unwanted house guests in a short time, with the added benefit of no chemical smells or danger to pets or children.  

How do these critters get in the house you ask?  They arrive in the fruit and that is all I'm gonna say about that.  You will find that if you keep your fruit in the refrigerator you won't have this problem, but you also lose a great deal on the flavor of your fruit.  Some of it, like banana's just don't do well in the fridge.  Others, well, they don't last more than a few hours out of the fridge.  

This recipe works well when you notice the little critters and it's in the wintertime as well, you know, those times when you find that Irish potato or onion that rolled to the back of the bin and is not as "fresh" as it once was.  

It is a natural occurrence and you are fighting it with nature's weapons.  It doesn't get any better than that!

Now, go out and make this day yours for His Glory!
Blessings~ Kat

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