Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Gnats. Fruit Flies. PESKS!

These flying, annoying, and SO hard to get rid of creatures are taking over our house!!!!!!! SO not kidding. No, we do not have fruit or any type of food out. Let me tell you what we DO have though. We have a sucky rental house that originally had a front door only the worlds strongest man/woman could open and close that now is able to be opened and closed by a baby but has a GIANT gap at the bottom of the door! This my friends is where these critters are coming in from.

We had a pet spider who kindly was named Charlotte from Charlotte's Web that took up shop right next to the door. Pretty good for it and us as well, she caught them all so we only had to clean up dead gnats all over the floor. Well, another spider killed Charlotte and this one was bigger so I decided it was time to get rid of the inside spider web and spider. Outside we had FOUR, count them, FOUR massive spiders that liked to live right above our front door IN the siding! Yes, mental note here. Do NOT get a house with siding as this is perfect for these critters to live in while impossible to spray to kill them! So, after Charles battled these four giant spiders one night, the gnat population seemingly grew to outstanding numbers over night!

Wake up the next morning to find the white carpet covered with little black spots (gnats, dead) along with the entry way flooring very dirty looking (again, gnats, dead) with still so many flying all over the house! They are upstairs in the kitchen, in the trash can, in our bedroom (I can only imagine how many we're "eating" while we sleep! YUCK!), in our bathrooms (yes, both), downstairs at the computer and on the couch watching TV! They are freaking all over the place! We might as well be living outdoors with them everywhere...

Tonight, on dinner break from Lowe's, I googled (yes, LOVE google!) how to get rid of gnats. Came up with some concoction of Apple Cider Vinegar in a wide mouth jar with sceran (sp?) wrap rubber banned around it and using a fork to make holes just big enough to get into but not out of... We shall see!

Back at Lowe's, I am checking out a guy with TWO items. One, a four pack of sticky fly trap and one can of bug spray. I ask him if he knows how to get rid of gnats. he lifts up these two items and says we are battling the same thing. That they've done everything except eliminate eating all together in the house! Said they were using the Apple Cider Vinegar (which is good for everything, obviously) and it has worked some but not enough to solely rely on that and that the fly traps are the next step with the spray being the final step for them... At least I know it's not just us battling these darn pesky no good creatures! Yes, NO GOOD!!! You tell me what they are good for other than feeding spiders that we kill anyways and I'll change my opinion on that! :-)

2 comments:

squirrelgirl said...

What are gnats good for? Protein! You won't starve while they're around, and you won't even be breaking the low-carb diets! LOL! Sorry to joke; we've had the same problem here before, though yours sounds worse. Good luck! Personally, I keep the spiders around...

The Swann's said...

ROFL!!!!! Yes, just the protein I want to eat... I guess we have (okay, had) enough in the house that myself or Charles could have eaten them all and survived if any mass denial of food existed... :-)

No fear. The ammonia and fly traps are certainly working! :-)