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Tip tried; worth sharing

05.24.11 | 2 Comments

I’m not sure what was so tasty in our last bag of trash, but we have found ourselves today with quite the gnat problem. They were horrible impediments to my studying – I don’t know how the farm animals deal with such distractions all day, every day, and I’m pretty sure those can be biting flies, too, not just these tickly rascals. I’m not proud of our infestation, but I know it happens.

I did a little research and decided that their life span and reproductive potential meant they must be killed. A quick Google search yielded a straight-forward YouTube video. I had heard something like this before, but never tried it. Buddhist philosophy checked at the door of my annoyance, and reminding myself these aren’t mammals so I personally won’t lose sleep over their early demise, I got out my kitchen stool* and went to work. I’m impressed (and also bored with studying) enough to share:

Put a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into a small bowl. Add two drops of liquid dish soap (not dishwasher detergent, but the kind by the sink). The flies flock to the homemade trap and are drowned. (Sorry, SPCA.) I put one trap per room and after one hour, I already have 100 kills.

So let’s clarify that old adage, shall we? You GET more flies with honey. But you KILL them with vinegar. And soap.

Anyway, thanks, lady – you really helped me out!

*Full disclosure: my apple cider vinegar was farther back than my red wine vinegar. So I used red wine vinegar first and only got a few kills. I decided not to be so damn lazy, got out the stool, re-started with apple cider vinegar, and saw vast improvements.

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