Saturday, June 16, 2012

Handy Dandy Tips- Gnat Trap

So, as gross as it is, we've developed a gnat/fruit fly problem.  Now, I'm not the world's best housekeeper, but I try not to let things get too nasty, but just having bananas on the counter top seems to do it.  Just having  Either way, this is not working out for me, so, I decided something had to be done.  The flying insect killer we had under the sink appears to do absolutely nothing, and I don't like using it too much with the pets around.  So, a little Pinteresting and I discovered an easy to make gnat trap that could be made out of things we already had around the house.

I know, photography is not my gift.  I'm working on it.  Anyway...

To make this gnat trap you will need the following:
  • Mason jar
  • Sheet of paper rolled into a cone
  • Apple Cider vinegar
A note on the vinegar: this is what all the places I looked at recommended.  We don't actually have any in the house, so I had to improvise.  We DID have a semi-ancient bottle of Marsala wine in the pantry leftover from the veal Marsala I made probably more than a year ago.  Chances are good it's vinegar at this point anyway.  Either way, it seems to be working fine.

Now, all you do is pour a little vinegar/wine/whatever into the jar.  Roll the paper into a cone and secure with tape if necessary, and stick it in the jar..  Voila.  Gnat trap.  The hole in the bottom of the cone is pretty small and the bugs are not smart enough to crawl back out that way.

We've only had it out a few hours and already there are quite a few of the nasty things in there.  With luck, we'll catch the worst of the swarm.


  1. What a lovely & Great blog you have here, very inspiring and beautiful.. I look forward to getting to read more and know more about ya.. I'm stopping in via the Thee Networking Blog Hop and your newest happy follower with smiles.. Hope you can stop in too sometime.. Wishing you a beautiful day.. xo ~ Marilyn via (hop co-host)..

    1. Thank you so much Marilyn!! That is so sweet! I will most certainly be heading over to check out your blog as well! Along with so many others! Very exciting!

  2. At my house this is how we trap fruit flies:
    Take a mason jar
    Put basaltic vinegar at the bottom
    Put dish soap in
    Add water
    The dish soap bubbles up, but don't let it go past theropod of the jar
    Cover top of jar with plastic wrap and rubber band it on
    Poke small holes in the plastic wrap

    The little pains in the butt go for the basalmic vinegar and get stck in the soap bubbles!

    Nikki, NJ (was fb stalking you and checked out your blog lol)
    P.s. still have not seen friend so I could give her the gift!!!