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mar52

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Fruit Flies Sat, 10/15/11 2:06 PM (permalink)
May I swear here?
 
This could probably be put in the misc...  food forum, but I want to keep this as far away from food as possible.
 
No matter what we do we can't get rid of them!  We've tried the cider vinegar in a bowl, cider vinegar in a bowl with soap, bleach, actual cleaning.... everything!
 
These tiny bastards are everywhere.  They've even come upstairs making two turns to get here.
 
 
 
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    rebeltruce

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    Re:Fruit Flies Sat, 10/15/11 2:13 PM (permalink)
    I have the same problem...and I have no fruit out in the open....I don't know where they are coming from.
     
    It's a fairly recent invasion....my only hope is that fall is here and the temps are dropping.....
     
    #2
      seafarer john

      Re:Fruit Flies Sat, 10/15/11 2:21 PM (permalink)
      Put an inch of wine in a glass, cover it with saran wrap, punch a few holes in the wrap and the fruit flies will migrate to that and die.
       
      Cheers, John 
       
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        mar52

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        Re:Fruit Flies Sat, 10/15/11 2:28 PM (permalink)
        I will try that!  Be back in a couple of minutes.
         
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          mayor al

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          Re:Fruit Flies Sat, 10/15/11 2:35 PM (permalink)
          Any time we have bananas in the house (often), we get a bunch of the tiny fruit-flies. No Bananas= no bugs for us.
           
              So Bananas must be consumed the same day we buy them...House rule.
           
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            mar52

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            Re:Fruit Flies Sat, 10/15/11 2:39 PM (permalink)
            I'm back.
             
            Red or white with flies?
             
            I'm kidding!
             
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              mar52

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              Re:Fruit Flies Sat, 10/15/11 2:39 PM (permalink)
              We had bananas last week!
               
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                DawnT

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                Re:Fruit Flies Sat, 10/15/11 3:08 PM (permalink)
                Every so often we would have an infestation in the student laboratories since they were used for genetics labs and they would be everywhere. I don't know if they still sell them, but Shell used to make "No Pest Strips".  Those took care of the problem pretty fast when the guys from maintainance hung them up around the labs and corridors. These aren't flypaper, but a chemical insecticide strip if they are still made.
                 
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                  Root-Beer Man

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                  Re:Fruit Flies Sat, 10/15/11 4:14 PM (permalink)
                  I get the same problem this time of year. Wish I had a solution that you haven't already used or had suggested for you. The pest strips do seem to work pretty well. I see these same flies hanging out in the produce section of my local stores. Usually near the onions. I always make sure to give the bags a decent shake before they hit my basket.
                  <message edited by Root-Beer Man on Sat, 10/15/11 5:52 PM>
                   
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                    felix4067

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                    Re:Fruit Flies Sat, 10/15/11 4:23 PM (permalink)
                    mar52


                    I'm back.

                    Red or white with flies?

                    I'm kidding!

                    Definitely red!
                     
                    Beer also works. By the way...when you tried the vinegar with dish soap thing, did you put saran wrap with holes poked in it over the top of the dish? If not, then that would be why it didn't work.
                     
                    Dump some bleach down all of your drains, too. A lot of times they end up living in the crook of the pipe because food gets stuck there. Especially if you have a garbage disposal.
                    <message edited by felix4067 on Sat, 10/15/11 4:24 PM>
                     
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                      mar52

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                      Re:Fruit Flies Sat, 10/15/11 4:43 PM (permalink)
                      Aha!  No Saran on the cider/soap dish.  It was amazing to me how either evaporation was very fast in my kitchen or those suckers drank a lot.
                       
                      I forgot about those fly paper things.  I have some of those somewhere, but I find them disgusting hanging in the kitchen.
                       
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                        chewingthefat

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                        Re:Fruit Flies Sat, 10/15/11 4:53 PM (permalink)
                        Better yet, get 3 bottles of Merlot or Cabernet, chug them, you won't see any fruit flies.
                         
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                          DawnT

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                          Re:Fruit Flies Sat, 10/15/11 5:46 PM (permalink)
                          The No Pest Strips aren't flypaper, it used to be a piece of plastic the color of yellow cheese that sat inside a cardboard holder and sort of smelled like a dog's flea collar. They appear to be available at Home Depot and Lowes.  
                           
                          mar52

                          I forgot about those fly paper things.  I have some of those somewhere, but I find them disgusting hanging in the kitchen.


                           
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                            mayor al

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                            Re:Fruit Flies Sat, 10/15/11 9:21 PM (permalink)
                            Remember the Malathion Helicopter spraying that was done over many parts of SoCal in the 90's to kill the Mediterranean Fruit Fly? I recall globs of the sticky insecticide sticking to cars in Beverly Hills and causing a huge legal problem for various govt. agencies.
                            Different bug, but bigger issue!
                             
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                              mar52

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                              Re:Fruit Flies Sat, 10/15/11 9:35 PM (permalink)
                              Al, I remember that well.
                               
                              I was sure they were going to kill me.
                               
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                                ann peeples

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                                Re:Fruit Flies Sun, 10/16/11 9:51 AM (permalink)
                                I think chewingthefat has the best solution!
                                I had a small problem this summer, ( I had a bowl of fresh tomatoes on the counter, the bottom one was rotting) so I threw the offender away, washed the bowl and wiped the counter down with vinegar.Didnt have any problems after that, thankfully.
                                 
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                                  mar52

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                                  Re:Fruit Flies Sun, 10/16/11 1:44 PM (permalink)
                                  I have a cemetary of fruit flies floating in wine!
                                   
                                  However, millions more are celebrating by having sex on top of the glass while crying over their friends and relatives.
                                   
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                                    chewingthefat

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                                    Re:Fruit Flies Sun, 10/16/11 4:56 PM (permalink)
                                    mar52


                                    I have a cemetary of fruit flies floating in wine!

                                    However, millions more are celebrating by having sex on top of the glass while crying over their friends and relatives.

                                    This brings to mind the old saying, "if you can't beat em, join em"!

                                     
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                                      chefbuba

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                                      Re:Fruit Flies Sun, 10/16/11 10:02 PM (permalink)
                                      mayor al


                                      Remember the Malathion Helicopter spraying that was done over many parts of SoCal in the 90's to kill the Mediterranean Fruit Fly? I recall globs of the sticky insecticide sticking to cars in Beverly Hills and causing a huge legal problem for various govt. agencies.
                                      Different bug, but bigger issue!

                                      My car got hit by that stuff in the 80's in the SF Bay area. It was a bitc# to get off.
                                       
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                                        Foodbme

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                                        Re:Fruit Flies Mon, 10/17/11 1:36 AM (permalink)
                                        If you have one of those outdoor electric Bug Zappers with the blue light in it, bring it inside. Turn out the house lights and plug it in at night when you go to bed. The bugs are drawn to the light and zapped when they hit the grid of electrical wires. A little noisy as they fry thmselves but you'll get used to it!
                                        When the Neighbors see the errie blue light and the sparks flying, they'll just think you're getting ready for Halloween!
                                         
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                                          mar52

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                                          Re:Fruit Flies Mon, 10/17/11 2:17 AM (permalink)
                                          I have three of those zappers.  I used to sell them.
                                           
                                          These flies are too small, but I'll try tomorrow.  I think one of my zappers might have a vacuum feature to suck them in.
                                           
                                          These things multiply faster than rabbits.
                                           
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                                            mayor al

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                                            Re:Fruit Flies Tue, 10/18/11 2:52 PM (permalink)
                                            Hmmmm, Comparing reproduction rates of bunnies vs. fruit flies ???   Must be a dull day in The City of Angels !!! 
                                             
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                                              ChrisOC

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                                              Re:Fruit Flies Tue, 10/18/11 8:07 PM (permalink)
                                              They are driving me crazy here in Ocean City as well!!
                                               
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                                                stricken_detective

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                                                Re:Fruit Flies Sun, 10/23/11 7:17 PM (permalink)
                                                If you have an empty salsa jar, clean it out, fill it with apple cider vinegar & a drop of Dawn dishwashing liquid. Poke holes in the top of the lid, then screw it on. Watch & wait. They want the sugar, so they will fly in the holes. They will get so drunk on the vinegar, they won't be able to fly back out. OR the soap kills them. I forget which.
                                                 
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                                                  mar52

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                                                  Re:Fruit Flies Mon, 10/24/11 1:33 AM (permalink)
                                                  Right now I'm wining them while cruelly killing what seems like thousands of them on fly strips.
                                                   
                                                  These flies get in to everything.  One tiny air hole in a bag of bolillo rolls and overnight the bag is taken over by flies.
                                                   
                                                  I've tried the cider vinegar with soap drop.  I may add it to the countertop lineup.
                                                   
                                                  These flies are digusting.
                                                   
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                                                    Foodbme

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                                                    Re:Fruit Flies Mon, 10/24/11 2:46 AM (permalink)
                                                     
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                                                      SeamusD

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                                                      Re:Fruit Flies Mon, 10/24/11 2:58 PM (permalink)
                                                      Can of aerosol hairspray and a grill lighter.
                                                       
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                                                        mar52

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                                                        Re:Fruit Flies Mon, 10/24/11 3:58 PM (permalink)
                                                        I have a sprayer bottle with water and bleach by the kitchen sink and I spray everything when I'm done cooking or cleaning.
                                                         
                                                        I can't believe the fly out of the refrigerator when I open it.
                                                         
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                                                          dimmie2

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                                                          Re:Fruit Flies Mon, 10/24/11 6:42 PM (permalink)
                                                          Time to open all the windows and doors and freeze the suckers to death, once and for all.
                                                           
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                                                            FruitFlyBarPro

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                                                            Re:Fruit Flies Fri, 02/10/12 9:45 PM (permalink)
                                                            PEST STRIPS HERE -
                                                            I HAVE YOUR ANSWERS!!  All these posts never have a method of killing them or ridding them, but a method of trapping them.  You're still not getting rid of them!  Go to and you can purchase a single unit or a case (10 units)  the units last between 3-4 months.  Overall it's worth it!  People talk... and when you have tons of fruit flies people tell others not to go there because of how ANNOYING the fruit flies are!
                                                             
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