Posts Tagged ‘gnat’

When the Cats Away the Birds will Play

March 13, 2014

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Well, this was a first!  Upon returning from a week away, there were two concentrations of gnats in the house.  One by the fruit bowl…. not surprising, and the other in the kid’s bathroom upstairs???  The other noticeable “markings” were in my kitchen… bird poop on my kitchen counter, the print of a bird on the INSIDE of the window and two bent feathers to lend to the tale.

What in the world goes on when I’m away????  Did they leave the doors open and invite in the wildlife?  Did the bird wander in because the swarm of gnats was so inviting???  I feel like I’m in Maui, at my sister’s house, with the plague of gnats. Okay, no, it’s not THAT bad.

Come to find out, some child of mine ate a banana and threw away the peel in the upstairs bathroom. Probably a week ago, because that’s when I left. It was a gnat smorgasbord!  I have never seen that many gnats in a bathroom before, but then, I’m not in Maui.

Pinterest to the rescue again.  Vinegar, dish soap and a bit of water in a little bowl collects gnats like flies to fly paper.  It’s an amazing concoction that worked wonders right before my bloodshot eyes. I also hung up a curly fly strip IN my kitchen to aid in the death of the irritating little bugs.  That was a first! Three hours later we are almost a gnat free zone again.

I did wipe up the bird poop, but haven’t made it to cleaning the window yet.  There’s only so much excitement I can handle on my first day home.

Ga-nats!

August 8, 2010

Yes, it’s monsoon season in Arizona and with the unusual amount of water pooled in various low places the GNATS have swarmed here and multiplied. I cannot use the word gnats without thinking of the Veggie Tales movie where the giant pea keeps pronouncing it Ga-Nats.  And even though I’m a homeschool mom with loads of diverse information in my noggin, I do not know the life cycle or reproduction speed of gnats.  Although, from the looks of our back door collection, I would surmise the cycle is FAST!  I cleaned the bottom of the sliding doors yesterday and awoke to this:

My pesticide-company-owning-husband said, “Well, they’re dead!”  I guess that is good, but gross me out!

The other sad news in the backyard:  yesterday we awoke, went downstairs and looked out the back windows… and something was missing…. it was the gigantic gazebo!  Gone!  Poof!  Obviously there was some sort of micro-burst in our backyard to pick up a metal eight-foot gazebo that was anchored down and throw it over the six-foot block wall!  Rick looked over all the neighbors’ walls until he located it.  That house is vacant presently, so he went over, picked up the mangled metal and canvas conglomeration and threw it back into our yard.  He knew how much I loved my oasis of shade covering my patio swing… so he slowly disassembled it in hopes of rebuilding it.   No such luck.  It’s gonzo, baby.  Makes me sad.  Here are before and after pictures, which should help you to decide NOT to vacation in Phoenix in the months from May to October.

replacement canopy for walmart mika ridge gazebo