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Re:Fruit Flies 2012/02/14 14:05:44 (permalink)
This worked for me, can't say which, or a combination of the methods worked:
 
Pour a little ammonia down the drains every 2-3 days.
 
Make traps - fill custard cups with about 1/2 cup white vinegar, secure the top and sides tightly with aluminum foil, then punch holes in the top with an ice pick.  I left a couple on the kitchen counter, and one in the bathroom.  You'll be tempted to peek but will get discouraged.  Wait 4-5 days.  You'll be amazed at how many you trap.  You could probably go on forever but the thought of all those little fly bodies floating on top was kind of gross, so I threw it out, and started a second application.  By the second round, most were gone, and I didn't catch many after that.
 
I keep a spray bottle of glass cleaner, in the kitchen when they land, give them a spritz, and wipe down with a paper towel.  You can catch a few that way, and your walls will be sparkling.
 
  
 
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Re:Fruit Flies 2012/02/17 18:12:18 (permalink)
Wow, I wish I had noticed this thread last October when we also had an infestation. My daughters blamed it on their brother's room! I couldn't find fly paper but found a yellow jacket trap and used it. It worked really well. Next time I will use some of these suggestions.
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Re:Fruit Flies 2012/02/19 17:18:27 (permalink)
"Time flies like crazy, but fruit flies like bananas"   (the late Townes Van Zandt, during a live KFAT-Gilroy radio show during the time San Jose (CA) was being sprayed at night by air and ground for a very serious fruit fly infestation a few decades ago)
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Re:Fruit Flies 2012/02/21 06:46:57 (permalink)
Check and see if there is a Natural Insect Control business close to you. There will be a "something" that fruit flies like better than you and your store.
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Re:Fruit Flies 2014/10/17 14:29:48 (permalink)
We were having a problem with fruit flies so I tried the vinegar/dish soap trap.  It worked!!!!
It has to be apple cider vinegar and don't cover the dish.  What happens is the flies are attracted to the vinegar, but the soap lowers the surface tension and they sink. 
 
 
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Re:Fruit Flies 2014/10/17 15:03:23 (permalink)
I had them again and this time I used Bengal roach spray (it's odorless), but I'm sure any brand would work.  I never saw large swarms but just a few at a time and they kept coming and coming...  They would usually hover over the kitchen sink 2-3 at a time. I used the opportunity to give a light spritz into them, and I warn you it will take a few applications to get them all, but it worked.  It's just a small amount sprayed at a time and if you have concerns, you can wipe the counters down near where you are spraying.
 
I did some research and found out they hitch a ride in larval form on fruits and vegetables, and the same article advised wiping vegs and fruit down with a little hydrogen peroxide on a paper towel and rinsing and drying them before leaving on the counter.  I attribute mine to some tomatoes that hadn't ripened yet.  I do think pouring ammonia or vinegar down the drains is a good idea as they nest in the pipes.
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Re:Fruit Flies 2014/10/17 21:40:44 (permalink)
I have them again.
 
Mine sit on the rim of the cider vinegar/drop of soap dish and discuss multiplying.
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Re:Fruit Flies 2014/10/17 22:47:37 (permalink)
Mine, too, Mar. However, I noticed they eventually go in the cup-I now have many dead ones.....
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Re:Fruit Flies 2014/10/18 10:01:23 (permalink)
I don't see any flying around, but I had 10 in the vinegar this morning.
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Re:Fruit Flies 2014/10/18 16:28:12 (permalink)
I had this problem in the kitchen this summer.   I used several cans of fly-spray but they would be back in a few days.    After a couple of months I remembered the hanging fly strips left over from last year.   So I hung one under the cabinet over the sink in an inconspicuous spot.   The spray got rid of the swarm and the strip got the few remaining ones (breeders for the next swarm).   Problem solved.
 
Also, last year I had a heavy invasion of regular flies under rear porch.   A few thousand flies under the roof. This was the reason I had the fly strips.     ... I found (read) that flies don't like lavender, so I put up a glade plugin with lavender scent.   The flies left the area!   ... So I think this will work  on the fruit flies too.       Currently, I have a glade plugin on the back porch now and no flies.
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Re:Fruit Flies 2014/10/18 16:40:35 (permalink)
The bump on this thread reminded me that I wanted to post on the subject. There are lots of kinds of fruit flies. I remember breeding the wingless ones with black eyes and red eyes in a biology class.
 
A recent import is the spotted wing fruit fly. It has been around for just a few years and now is a pain for most growing areas. It is especially hard on u pick operations, because each field has to be professionally re picked each day after the guests go home. Fall raspberries are especially liked by SWD, and the little but unattractive breathing tubes for the maggots ruin the fruit.
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Re:Fruit Flies 2014/10/18 20:39:39 (permalink)
I use a lot of those strips.
 
The funniest thing that still makes me laugh was when I was downstairs and my friend, Karen went up stairs to get a glass of water.  I heard her scream.
 
Took forever getting that strip off of her.
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Re:Fruit Flies 2014/10/20 18:47:52 (permalink)
mar52
I use a lot of those strips.
 
The funniest thing that still makes me laugh was when I was downstairs and my friend, Karen went up stairs to get a glass of water.  I heard her scream.
 
Took forever getting that strip off of her.


Your friend Karen is a Fruit Fly??
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Re:Fruit Flies 2014/10/20 20:03:57 (permalink)
You might say so.
 
The fruit flies seem to be getting bigger.
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Re:Fruit Flies 2014/10/23 14:49:23 (permalink)
I bought a fruit fly trap from the hardware store. It looked like an apple and when you open it you pour the liquid bait into it.  The fruit flies eventually went in and never came out.  I also used Windex to spray them on the cabinets where they landed.  But after awhile, I got very dizzy and had to go outside to get some fresh air.
 
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Re:Fruit Flies 2014/10/23 19:47:01 (permalink)
mar52
I have them again.
 
Mine sit on the rim of the cider vinegar/drop of soap dish and discuss multiplying.


mine too
 
I tried BelleReve's advice about the foil and holes and it works even better
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Re:Fruit Flies 2014/10/24 19:02:24 (permalink)
But I discovered that the windex works even better than ANYTHING I have tried.  Now my countertops are sparkling clean and those annoying pests are less
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