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Cindi    Posted 07-23-2003 at 03:09:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
...what will kill those pesky little gnats that like to accumulate around the light over my head that I absolutely can not see to type without.

I know where they come from. They sneak in a dozen or so at a time when the front door flies open to admit or eject a kid, causing me to shout...'shut the dang DOOR!' a lot more often than should be necessary after eight o'clock or so.

They really set my teeth on edge. Some of them are just irritating in that they tend to get sucked into my windpipe while I'm distracted with my typing, which basically indicates that I am a mouth breather. Not always though, mostly just when I am avoiding breathing through my nose to keep it free from little winged critters. Anyway I spend the next two or three minutes choking and coughing and eventually swallowing the little *&^%!!s. More protein I guess.

Then there are the basically invisible ones that bite, causing me to shift and wriggle in my chair slapping involuntarily at myself like a mental patient.

But my all time favorite has to be the ones that look and sound like helicopters and you see them coming out of the corner of your eye but no matter which way you dodge, they stay right on course with your open eye, and when they get close enough you hear that sound that used to provoke the "incoming!" cry on the battle field.

Sometimes they just buzz you and sometimes they connect and actually leave a mark, depending on how fast they're going.

Last night I dragged out the vaccuum cleaner turned it on and used the hose as a tool to try and suck up as many as I could. Eventually I got tired of holding it and tied it to the light fixture above my head, running full blast, catching them as it may.

When Fred wandered through to go to the bathroom, he didn't even reamrk on the odd scene this must have presented. What does that mean?

Even now at six a.m. they are still up there, not as thick as they were last night, but bad enough that they are casting shadows on the keyboard.

C'mon sunrise.

BadMoon    Posted 07-23-2003 at 22:59:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Cindi, It's strange you mentioned them pesky knats. I was over at Dad's today checking on him, he's 86 and not feeling his best. I saw a peanutbutter jar on the counter and asked him what it was. He said a knat catcher! Sir I asked? He drilled 4 5/16 holes in the top and pasted 4 plastic tubes, about 1 1/4" long in the lid. He put a small amount of over ripe banana in the bottom and it was attracting the knats. There were several flying around in the jar and boo-koo(a whole bunch)dead in the bottom. They couldn't get out. I asked him where he got the idea, He said don't know, just put it together. It was working! BadMoon

newgen    Posted 07-23-2003 at 08:19:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Cindi-why don't you bring that spider friend of yours in there (I can't remembe rhis name} Maybe he could make a feast out of them!!

Cindi    Posted 07-23-2003 at 08:22:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Funny you should mention that. My daughter Jenny mentioned seeing him/her (I have been told that only hers do webs) in her room about one oclock this morning. I never stopped to think what might happen if he/she finds the pest strips! Oooops.

RichZ    Posted 07-23-2003 at 06:04:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Cindi, I was gonna suggest the flypaper strips, too. I use 'em in my barn to attempt to keep the fly population down. They do make a dent in it, but you have to keep replacing them, but as you said, they're cheap.

Man!!! We have a lot of bugs here in upstate New York in the summer, but apparently not as bad as you have in Florida. Get lots of those strips!!!

Jimbob    Posted 07-23-2003 at 03:38:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
FL just has so many bugs & other pests. Here in MI, not so many. Guess the winter is hard on insects.

The vacuum idea is good. Perhaps a full time quiet fan sucking the bugs into a bag would be a good thing. The small 4-1/16" computer equipment fans of about 50 cfm are perfect. email me your address & I'll send you one. Just sew up a fine mesh cloth type net, attach it to the fan & 'you are in business'.

Cindi    Posted 07-23-2003 at 03:54:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have one of those I think, and I had not thought of that. I tried using a fan to blow them away from me and it helped a little, but dried out my eyes in the process. Someone on another forum also recommended hanging a sticky strip on the ceiling by the light fixture which I am going to try tonight. Thank you for the kind offer, if I need to take you up on it, I most definitely will.

update....    Posted 07-23-2003 at 04:22:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
For those of you who are suffering from gnat problems like me, I have found that the pest strips are very effective. I hung two right beside the light fixture and they are already covered with gnats. Yippee! Plus the sun is coming up, so that helps.

Les    Posted 07-23-2003 at 04:26:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
You must mean "fly paper".

Cindi    Posted 07-23-2003 at 04:35:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Basically yes, only it's in a little tube that when tugged on, comes out in a spiral strip that is covered with this gunky stuff that catches whatever it comes in contact with and has no regard for hair or clothing or fingers and will catch them just the same. I know this.

Les...Yup    Posted 07-23-2003 at 04:46:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's what we always called "fly paper". Looks gross, works great. Used to see it everywhere. Don't see it much anymore. Glad it's still available.

Cindi    Posted 07-23-2003 at 04:54:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cheap too, I bought a pack of four at walmart for under a dollar.

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