I was so frustrated from swatting at gnats every day in my house. I had them go up my nose, in my mouth and eyes, and actually bite me so hard once that I yelled. We didn't keep much, if any, food out on the counter, so the gnats even resorted to getting in our diaper pail! Talk about disgusting - poop-fed gnats going in your eyes and biting you. It doesn't get much worse than that. Even my two year old son started mimicking my swatting and trying to catch them out of the air with a loud clap. I tried several iterations of this trap, and finally hit the jackpot with the one in this instructable.
You'll have some fun when you notice gnats on the fruit. Give the plastic a flip and the gnat will fly into the corner between the bowl and the plastic. If you get good enough, you can smash them without putting a finger hole in the plastic!
Step 1: Gather your gear
- A serving bowl or large salad bowl. I chose a 9 inch salad bowl, about 2 1/2 inches deep.
- A small fruit cup, shorter in height than the large bowl. This is very important.
- Fresh fruit, approximately 1/4 cup. I have used banana with great success, but used grapes for this instruction
- 2 cups of water
- Liquid dish soap
- Cellophane wrap (I used Saran Wrap)
- Serrated knife
- Food coloring (optional)
Step 2: Put water in the large bowl
In the large bowl, put approximately 2 cups of water, such that there is at least 1 inch of water in the bowl. You can add a drop or two of food coloring now if you desire.
Step 3: Add fruit to the small bowl
Cut up some fresh fruit for your enemy to dine on. Bananas are best but I'm out, so I'm giving grapes a try. DO NOT add water to the small bowl; this will cause the fruit to rot much too quickly.
Step 4: Place the small bowl into the large bowl