Granola Wannabe: Mr. Miyagi, I am not. (Alternate Title: Um...EW.)

Disclaimer:  I consider myself mildly OCD, so I tend to organize and clean pretty often.  It annoys some people - especially if they're trying to get me out the door and I just HAVE TO ORGANIZE THE BLOCKS...but that's not the issue at hand here.  Read on.

Hate is a strong word.  I try not to use it too often so as to not cheapen the effect.  That being said...

I hate bugs.  HATE.

Now, of course the 'girly' bugs don't bother me so much.  Butterflies, ladybugs, caterpillars...I even think Katydids are cool.  Other than that?


And yes, I absolutely have the exterminator at my house as often as possible in order to keep any bugs to a minimum.  I can lay laminate flooring, but I will scream for my husband to come kill a spider for me.  (By the way, if it falls and he cannot find it - I will not return to the room until it is found and killed).

One bug I never really thought about?  Gnats.  They're pesky, and you seem to swat at least one a day, right?  But honestly, they generally go unnoticed unless you're walking through a field and happen to eat a swarm of them.  You know what else?  I usually don't kill them when I swat at them.  

Mr. Miyagi, I am not.

So the other day I was throwing away a banana peel and noticed a couple of gnats above my trash can.  I swatted at them, failing to do anything but cause a bit of wake turbulence for them.  My kid eats bananas like it's his job, so I figured the gnats were coming from them in the first place.  (By the way, did you know that more than likely, if you keep bananas - you have gnats?  They lay eggs on the peel.  Gross, right?  Thanks Mom, for that...yum.)

So I did a bit of searching online to see how I could get rid of these gnats without having to train in the Martial Arts.  Wanting to shed my HAFTA personality (more on that here, in case you missed it) here's what I wound up doing:

Homemade Gnat Trap

What You Need:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Blue Dawn
  • Glass Jar/container (plastic would probably work, too...but we're trying to be 'granola' think eco-friendly, people!)
  • Paper
  • Tape
  • Measuring Spoon

Pour three tablespoons of the apple cider vinegar, and two drops of Dawn into your container.  (Note: Don't use more than two drops of Dawn...the gnats won't be attracted to the vinegar if it's too soapy!)  Swish around to mix.

Form your paper into a funnel and secure with tape.  Make it so that the smaller part of the funnel will be an inch or two from the top of your liquid when placed in your container.

Finally, place the traps where you think you may have gnats.  I put mine right next to my bananas!

So after a couple of hours, I was completely disgusted to find this:

There were 16 gnats in there.  Ew, right?  I felt a little dirty after that.

Well then guess what happened?  We went on a spur-of-the-moment trip to the shore and I completely forgot to toss the mixture.  I returned two days later to find...

Um, yea.  I didn't count because I probably would have thrown up.  

Moral of the story?  Even if you clean, a lot.  If you eat fruit, you probably have gnats.

Please excuse me while I never let my kid eat fruit again.


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