Gardeners in Hobbiton are noted for their single-minded pursuit of growing things and their never-ending-struggle against Mother Nature and her minions who seem to be deadset against them growing anything. The recent talk on the Master Gardeners’ listserv had turned to ways to rid your household of fungus gnats (small, annoying insects that gnaw on the roots of your plants) and one lady posted a list of helpful tips that included this little tongue-in-cheek gem:
Invite guests over and serve wine. I GUARANTEE every fungus gnat in the house will drown themselves in your guests’ wine glasses. It will make you feel like a terrible housekeeper, but at least it will kill off some gnats.