Hot!Fruit Flies

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mar52
Sirloin
2011/10/15 14:06:16
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.
 
 
rebeltruce
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/15 14:13:46
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.....
seafarer john
Filet Mignon
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/15 14:21:51
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 
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/15 14:28:08
I will try that!  Be back in a couple of minutes.
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/15 14:35:33
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.
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/15 14:39:12
I'm back.
 
Red or white with flies?
 
I'm kidding!
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/15 14:39:56
We had bananas last week!
DawnT
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/15 15:08:21
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.
Root-Beer Man
Cheeseburger
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/15 16:14:25
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.
post edited by Root-Beer Man - 2011/10/15 17:52:13
felix4067
Filet Mignon
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/15 16:23:01
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.
post edited by felix4067 - 2011/10/15 16:24:11
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/15 16:43:29
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.
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/15 16:53:06
Better yet, get 3 bottles of Merlot or Cabernet, chug them, you won't see any fruit flies.
DawnT
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/15 17:46:09
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.


mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/15 21:21:06
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!
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/15 21:35:27
Al, I remember that well.
 
I was sure they were going to kill me.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/16 09:51:55
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.
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/16 13:44:11
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.
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/16 16:56:30
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"!

chefbuba
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/16 22:02:58
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.
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/17 01:36:35
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!
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/17 02:17:35
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.
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/18 14:52:29
Hmmmm, Comparing reproduction rates of bunnies vs. fruit flies ???   Must be a dull day in The City of Angels !!! 
ChrisOC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/18 20:07:39
They are driving me crazy here in Ocean City as well!!
stricken_detective
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/23 19:17:42
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.
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/24 01:33:19
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.
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/24 02:46:14
SeamusD
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/24 14:58:39
Can of aerosol hairspray and a grill lighter.
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/24 15:58:03
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.
dimmie2
Cheeseburger
Re:Fruit Flies 2011/10/24 18:42:37
Time to open all the windows and doors and freeze the suckers to death, once and for all.
FruitFlyBarPro
Junior Burger
Re:Fruit Flies 2012/02/10 21:45:49
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!
BelleReve
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Fruit Flies 2012/02/14 14:05:44
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.
 
  
 
agnesrob
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Fruit Flies 2012/02/17 18:12:18
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.
BackRhodes
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Fruit Flies 2012/02/19 17:18:27
"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)
post edited by BackRhodes - 2012/02/19 17:20:33
apul
Junior Burger
Re:Fruit Flies 2012/02/21 06:46:57
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.
ChrisOC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Fruit Flies 2014/10/17 14:29:48
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. 
 
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgHQP_lERjY
BelleReve
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Fruit Flies 2014/10/17 15:03:23
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.
Good Luck. 
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mar52
Sirloin
Re:Fruit Flies 2014/10/17 21:40:44
I have them again.
 
Mine sit on the rim of the cider vinegar/drop of soap dish and discuss multiplying.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Fruit Flies 2014/10/17 22:47:37
Mine, too, Mar. However, I noticed they eventually go in the cup-I now have many dead ones.....
ChrisOC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Fruit Flies 2014/10/18 10:01:23
I don't see any flying around, but I had 10 in the vinegar this morning.
edwmax
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Fruit Flies 2014/10/18 16:28:12
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.
post edited by edwmax - 2014/10/18 16:29:23
tmiles
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Fruit Flies 2014/10/18 16:40:35
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.
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Fruit Flies 2014/10/18 20:39:39
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.
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:Fruit Flies 2014/10/20 18:47:52
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??
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Fruit Flies 2014/10/20 20:03:57
You might say so.
 
The fruit flies seem to be getting bigger.
cookielover3
Junior Burger
Re:Fruit Flies 2014/10/23 14:49:23
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.
 
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:Fruit Flies 2014/10/23 19:47:01
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
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:Fruit Flies 2014/10/24 19:02:24
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