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  • Over the past few days, our home has been overrun by gnats. There are dozens of them flying around that can be seen, and I have no idea where they have come from. It’s like Lord of the Flies, only maybe instead of Satan, it’s just some minor devil who only has a line or two in Paradise Lost and is never heard from again. I don’t know if some potato that is lost back in the pantry has gone rouge, or if the meat pan outside from the bar-b-que over the weekend is to blame. You know, the one with about a quarter inch of blood in it from the fajita meat that I haven’t yet cleaned up, or told my wife about because then I would be directly responsible for the gnat infestation. Yeah, that one.

    So Mari decided that she would look up non-pesticide solutions to the problem on the internet, and this is what happened. That picture is of a vinegar and dish soap solution. Those small blackish dots sunk to the bottom are dead gnats. I don’t know what kills them, or how this works, because I’m not someone who knows about simple home remedies for problems. I don’t use coffee grounds to kill garden bugs. I don’t use soap and water to kill bees. Vinegar is actually only in the house to clean the coffee maker every other month or so when the hard water buildup gets bad enough to turn making coffee into a thirty-five minute ordeal. And occasionally it goes into some Thai recipe for sour flavor.

    Now an odd thing happens when you kill bugs this way. It’s only small gnats, but there they are, sitting there. It all happens slowly. While I’m cleaning dishes, I can see a gnat or two get drawn into the liquid searching for something to drink, become trapped, struggle for a while before sinking. I’m not sure how I feel about this spectacle yet. Any bug spray would cause them to fall right out of the air and onto the floor where they could be swept up quickly, before they accumulated any mass and long before I had time to think about the process. This path has more involvement.

    Or maybe I just think about things too much.
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