What’s Bugging You?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAmong all of the summer fun, bugs emerge to join in on the festivities. Whether gnats, fruit flies, or mosquitoes, they’re bugging us in our homes. Here in Kansas, with such a cool, wet summer, this seems to be even more true this year. Some cities are spraying standing water and other areas to deal with the little suckers. But what are we to do in our own homes? Luckily, there are frugal and natural ways to keep bugs at bay.

A fan of The King of Random, my husband discovered in one of Thompson’s recent videos a great tip for dispatching fruit flies. You simply need a container filled with bait and a covering, such as plastic wrap. Poke a tiny hole in the covering, and you have the perfect trap. The bugs can get in, but they can’t get out. It sounds like a horror movie for flies, right? And yet it’s true, very true. Their horror is your benefit. Using everyday kitchen ingredients, you can get rid of those little pests.

Too you can also entice gnats to an early death using apple cider vinegar. This method is simple and effective. To create this trap, squirt a little bit of dish soap in a bowl and then add a mix of water and apple cider vinegar. Stir it up and then make sure that the bowl is placed where you are seeing the gnats. After a day or so, you should find that the gnats have succumbed to the temptation of your trap. Again, all easily available elements can be used to make a frugal bug trap.

When it comes to flies, well, I have an all-natural means for killing them as well. I have cats. The cats enjoy chasing and playing with the flies, but the cats don’t always kill them. The thrill of the hunt is often enough for them. Not quite as effective as I would wish, but it is entertaining. Also the cats get some needed experience in hunting prey, even if it is a little fly. Everyone benefits in that the cats get some exercise, and we get rid of the flies.

So if something’s bugging you in your home, then you might want to try one of these methods for getting rid of the little pests. They’re cheap and effective, but also very safe for you and your family. Don’t let those flying bugs bug you!


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