Pesky Gnats

Tulips & The Stupid Gnats

Me and my “step” daughter (The little girl I nanny for) planted 8 tulips in March. Unfortunately I didnt read all of the instructions for planting and didnt plant them deep enough but we did have some survivors! So we replanted the three survivors in May. Here it is mid June & one of the tulips has sprouted, not bloomed, but close to it! Our plant is about 7-8 in tall! The other two bulbs are at a measly 1/2 in, and I was so confused why!! This morning, I was drinking my coffee outside looking at the plants and I start seeing all these tiny bugs with wings and thought, oh hell no.

I googled it of course, because all mighty google knows it all I guess.

Gnats. Pesky, plant root eating gnats. That means, the reason our plants weren’t growing was because the larvae, not the adult gnats but their kin, was friggin eating the roots of the plants! Grrr…

I am so far from having a green thumb its ridiculous. The only thing I’ve EVA grown successfully have been my annual strawberry patch as a kid. Oh I miss SV.

Anyways, I came inside and told her: Look, we have a serious problem with the plants. We have stupid bugs eating our plants! We need to do something!: She was all on board to kill those pesky little things! (Her fav cartoon is Spiderman and she loves making sure that any bad guy gets his butt kicked! I love it!)

So I went online and found a couple home remedies that I had the ingredients for and we went on a BUG TRAP MAKING SPREE! It was pretty fun actually. And we did more than one just to make sure they would be gone!  Here’s what we did.

1) The first thing we did was: Made a mixture of 2 cups water, 2 Tb apple cider vinegar and 1 Tb sugar. We put a few tablespoons into an old medicine measuring cup, and the rest in a jar. Then we covered them both with plastic wrap & secured with rubber bands. Then we poked small holes with a toothpick and set the jar next to the planter and the medicine cup actually inside the planter and made it level with dirt.

This trap draws the gnats attention to it because for some reason they love the smell of vinegar, apples, and sugar; the plastic wrap with holes allow them to get in but not out, and every 4 days you will replace with a new solution to catch more.

http://www.wikihow.com/Use-Home-Remedies-to-Get-Rid-of-Gnats

2) The next thing we did was: Made sticky gnat trap. We got two toothpicks and taped them together. Taped on yellow construction paper that was the size of an index card. Rubbed petroleum jelly all over it, and stuck into our planter like a plant information card. We made three of these and stuck them in alongside the border.

With this trap, it draws the gnats attention making them think its a flower, with its bright color, and when they go to crawl/land on it, they get stuck in the jelly

http://blog.pennlive.com/gardening/2014/01/how_to_get_rid_of_those_gnats.html

3) Next: Dryer sheets under the planter. We stuck dryer sheets underneath the planter box allowing them to stick out along the sides, kind of like a tablecloth.

This doesnt actually kills any of the bugs, but instead is like a repellant, to keep them from laying eggs. A gnat only lives about a week, but can lay up to 200 eggs! Which then turn into larvae and there is now 200 more gnats from that one stupid pesky bug.

http://pestcontrol.about.com/od/diygnatcontrol/a/Do-Dryer-Sheets-Repel-Pests.htm

4) The last thing we did was: Made a Bug Zap Spray! This was really fun because it took a short amount of time, but she was able to go out there and spray any little bug she saw! She really liked this one. We filled an old, clean spray bottle with 2 cups of water, 2 Tb vanilla extract, and a few drops of dish soap. And bata-bing bata-boom, went out there and wrangled these suckers.

Why this works is because the soap will kill them, the vanilla extract prevents them from returning, and the water is to dilute them so it wont burn the actual plants. (Like if the bug was crawling on the plants and we sprayed them, it would kill the bug and not the petal/plant)

http://www.brighthub.com/environment/green-living/articles/86083.aspx

Concluding, I will make an update on Friday and tell you how the bugs are, and if we caught any with our traps. This was fun and I hope they will be all gone soon!

Thanks for checking this out and if you have any home remedies for gnats or flying pests, leave a comment! If you’ve tried any of these too, tell me your experience!

Happy Tuesday!!