Gnat trap

by Katie on April 14, 2014

So, we had a gnat infestation in the kitchen this week. Like, to the point where I was wondering if we had been transported back to the Old Testament and a new plague had arrived.

I had no idea what to do about this problem, and reached my maximum tolerance level Sunday afternoon.

And so, I went to the place where I search for all life’s answers:  Google.

(I know, I know, I would be so much better if that had said “The Bible,” but we’ll operate in terms of full disclosure here.)

The first helpful thing I came across after Googling “how to get rid of gnats in the kitchen” was a nicely put together ten step program for gnat elimination.

Um, sign me up.

I followed several steps listed, and by the time Brandon took a break from evaluating scholarship applications for a committee he serves on, and Leyton was up from her nap, I had successfully trapped five gnats with my homemade gnat trap (mason jar filled with apple cider vinegar, covered with a paper towel with toothpick-punched holes over the top).

I was on top of the world!

I kid you not.

I proudly showed off my gnat-trapping skills to my husband, awaiting his congratulations.

I received a less enthusiastic response than what I had hoped.

And then I told him about the other steps in my gnat elimination plan.

“I even poured olive oil in and around the garbage disposal drain,” I said. “You know, since you said the disposal was such a big attractant. The oil traps them when they get in there!”

…To which I received an even less enthusiastic response.

“Katie, you poured pure oil in the drain? Right to our septic?”

“Ooohhh, I didn’t think about the septic. The list didn’t mention that. But yeahhhh…”

“Awesome. Oil is worse than grease on a septic system.”


But, on a brighter note, I am happy to report my homemade trap was tremendously successful. Try it if you find yourself in the midst of a gnat infestation.


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