It is gnat killing season in my apartment.
The humidity spikes and my garbage can swarms with about a hundred of these winged nuisances whenever I lift the lid and that’s when I know it’s time to take action.
I’ve done some research and have found that there are different types of gnats. The gnats I’ve got are fungus gnats. Theses gnats feed on roots, fungus and anything decomposing.
I use sticky flypaper along with some traps to battle their spread. I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say I’ve been responsible for the death of 10,000 gnats this summer alone.
My gnats’ source is still unclear, it could be through the garage, or the origin might be a drain.
The good news is these creatures are not hazardous to people, unlike the unlovable and mostly hated mosquito.
The bad news is they are everywhere this time of year.
I set up a bunch of traps throughout my home. These are homemade traps made with the help of Google. (All hail, Google)
The ingredients are simple; vinegar, apple juice and dish soap. You’ll also need a small bowl and something to stir it.
The internet said to use apple cider vinegar and sugar, but I’m not made of money. I use white vinegar and apple juice.
Combine the three ingredients in the small bowl and place the traps where the gnats congregate. You can use equal parts, there’s no science here.
Disclaimer – I do not know how these traps work. I believe the sugar from the apple juice attracts the gnats and the dish soap traps them in the liquid. I’ve got no idea what the vinegar does, but the internet told me to add it and like most millennials, I do precisely what the internet tells me without question.
While I was researching this column to see if there are any other ideas for killing gnats, Google also seems to think I need a 120-watt indoor bug zapper that will only set me back $400.
With that in mind, I do believe I will stick to my strategy.
I placed a bunch of those traps around the house on Wednesday, took a short vacation, and returned to a bunch of dead gnats.
So, on Monday morning, I re-did the traps and the cycle starts all over again.
The dish soap happens to be grapefruit scented, and yeah, the apartment smells better. Another positive note is the family of spiders living outside the kitchen window – they’re catching all kinds of vermin.
And yes, I realize at some point the spiders will need to go as well. But for now, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
Gentle reader, do you have any tips or hacks for eliminating household pests? Send them to email@example.com.
I am always looking for ways to make my space insect free.