DIY: Easy Gnat Catcher

I can't stand those pesky gnats that sneak into my house at least once each summer. Because we don't use any chemicals in the kitchen, I needed to find a natural way to get rid of them. After searching online, I found a few easy recipes that utilized things I already had on hand. Start by gathering up everything you need:

Mason jar or bowl
Cling wrap
Vinegar
Very soapy water
Scissors and/or meat thermometer
Baking soda

 

Start by filling the jar or bowl up about halfway with vinegar. Add enough soapy water to create a layer of bubbles on top.  Cover the top of the jar/bowl with cling wrap. If using a jar, screw on a lid to help hold it in place.  Very carefully cut small holes in the cling wrap. You want it large enough to let the gnats in but not enough to let them back out.  The soapy water will help trap them in the bubbles, too.  I trimmed the edge of the saran wrap with a pair of scissors and used a meat thermometer to poke the holes.

You will need to dump it out and start over every few days, depending on how many gnats you have. Make sure to clean up anything that could be attracting them, such as using a trashcan with a lid and storing all fruits and veggies in the fridge. Gnats are also attracted to wet soil, so make sure you don't overwater your house plants.

Sprinkle a little baking soda into your sink drain/s and add a little vinegar.  Not only will it kill the scent of any food particles in your sink it will also help flush them down and discourage gnats from hanging around your kitchen sink.

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