June 13, 2007

Gnat Cool... Gnat Cool at all.

All of your bug suggestions have been VERY MUCH appreciated and each has been carefully taken into consideration. Since we are lazy already had it lying around, Chris and I tried Piper's method of apple cider vinegar and dish soap in a glass, and we've captured about 20 gnats already! We were like Gnat Hunters last night- perched on our chairs watching the gnats take the bait and sink to their itty bitty gnat deaths. MWA HA HA HA!! Ahhh, the thrill of the hunt! We're now thinking of mounting some on the wall and bragging about who's gnat is bigger.

Also, thanks to kachina, I am going to keep my fresh fruits in the fridge for awhile because YES they do like to eat my bananas and that's putridly gross.

And yes, Shannon, we HAVE recently repotted our house plants- and that's right about when I discovered the first few gnats. How annoying is that!? We bought potting soil and had a little extra surprise thrown in the mix... little bugs that will drive you crazy and make you feel like you need a shower every 30 minutes! What a bonus!

Last night I discovered something REALLY disturbing, however, and that is the fact that there are gnats conjugating and dying like crazy right around all my floor vents. There are dozens of them by each vent- all scattered on the tile in my kitchen and my bathroom- like little bug confetti.

This brings me to two conclusions:
1. They are being poisoned by my Air Conditioning and are conveniently kicking the bucket all in the same corners of my house, OR
2. They are living and breeding in the soil UNDER MY HOUSE and then being blown in through the vents somehow.

Just thinking about all of this makes me queasy. You are all probably thinking my house is icky and gross. The next time you come over, you will all be looking at my air vents in horror and disgust. I just know it. Telling you this is almost as embarrassing as when I forget to shave my legs before a pool party.

We have LOTS of bugs and mosquitoes around this house. Ezra just so happens to be allergic to mosquito bites and swells up like crazy wherever they bite him. I'm not quite sure what to do about this, because I've tried different bug sprays and none of them seem to work. AT ALL.

The other day we tried to play in the sprinklers because it was 90 degrees outside. I thought he would be fine with some bug spray and I was sure that the mosquitoes wouldn't be out anyways because it was so hot and the middle of the day...

I was wrong. Poor swollen little guy.

Anywho- I will keep you updated as we find out more.

Lastly, I am QUITE relieved to know that I'm not the only one who's been electrocuted by their local grocery store. Gnat cool. Gnat cool at ALL.


Jessica Sutherland said...

I can't stop laughing! I am at work and I can't stop laughing! Thank you! You are a delight! And I'm sorry for all your Gnat problems. And I will pray for little Ezra. That really isn't cool.

Brittany said...

Curse those gnats! Breeding under your house like that... who do they think they are?

I heard that carrying a dryer sheet around with you repels mosquitos. It's probably not true, but if you try it, let me know if it works. Just tie one in Ezzie's hair:) Also, Avon's Skin So Soft supposedly works.

piper of love said...

skin so soft is crap!

...no offense brit

with my kiddo's I had to start looking at mosquito bites as immunizations. they are unstoppable so they might as well serve some purpose.

so glad you and Chris are on the vigilante warpath to freedom. it's a combo of house plants and fruit, I promise.

Edie said...

I had gnats once. Those buggers are annoying as hell! After much smashing and swearing, I discovered an apple... well, the remains of what used to be an apple... behind the couch. Seems as though my then 5 year old had stored it there for future use. Sigh.

Misguided Mommy said...

a totally random comment follows...
when i read my blogs sometimes brandon reads with me and starts naming things. like on dooce this month he says dog. on yours he says a bird bird and baby baby baby baby because apparantly ezz is a baby??????

Misguided Mommy said...

also dear edie...i will now go pick up that bit of apple my son left under the table

Kerry said...

I was going to suggest the Avon bug spray also. I think they even have a spray or lotion for kids.