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Monday, October 28, 2013

Are Your Children Bothered by Pesky Gnats?

Female Black Fungus Gnat, Commons.wikimedia.org,  Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic, by EBKauai

Some years the mosquitoes and gnats are just bad. This is a year where gnats seem to be really bad. There are some things that you can do to stop these pesky gnats.

Did you know that one little gnat lays two to three hundred eggs during their two to four month life span? That is a lot of eggs. Getting rid of gnats is not difficult. If you see them hovering around, they are more than likely laying hundreds of eggs.

I have even noticed that when I come to a stop light in my car, the pesky gnats are at my window. I have also observed them when pulling up to some fast food places; they are all at the windows. This is so annoying.

Gnats are small flies. Even though you may not like them, they do serve a purpose in nature. Did you know that they pollinate flowers? They also serve as food for birds. In addition, a fungus net that thrives on watered plants will have a life cycle of 3 to 4 weeks in in 77 degree Fahrenheit temperatures or higher.

One great homemade remedy is to cut off the bottle top of a 1 or 2-liter soda bottle,fill it with ½-cup vinegar,½ cup of sugar, and enough water to fill the bottle have full. The gnats are attracted to the mixture because of the sugar and they will drown in the water.

Another tip you want to consider to get rid of gnats is to pour diluted bleach and a few drops of dish washing liquid down the drain and put a stopper over it overnight before flushing with water. This is a good practice weekly. I personally like the Clorox bleach spray gel. This is excellent for wiping counter tops as well.

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