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Old 10-09-2019, 06:03 PM
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My house is in the midst of the annual fall fruit fly festival and apocalypse. No matter how many traps (little dishes with dilute vinegar and soap) I put out, no matter how carefully I clean the counters, no matter how often I take out the trash and even though all fruit (even avocados and bananas) is now stored in the fridge...I still have fruit flies.

This weekend i am going all out. Scrub down all surfaces. Bleach in the drains. Stop feeding the worms for the time being...take all food scraps to the outdoor compost. Scrub out trash cans. Sanitize kitty litter tray and cat food dishes.

What else can I do? i am tired of fruit flies!


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Old 10-09-2019, 06:10 PM
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Ugh, I'm so sorry - just did that a few weeks ago. I don't bother diluting the apple cider vinegar - maybe that will help?
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I bet you are tired of those pesky things
Old 10-09-2019, 06:20 PM
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I found this article. Hope something helps.

https://www.newlifeonahomestead.com/...f-fruit-flies/
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Old 10-09-2019, 06:26 PM
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I remember Linda on here posted about her fruit flies once and how they were attracted to some type of alcohol...was it red wine? Following her recommendation, I used what I had on hand. A bottle of sangria helped! Those fruit flies are heavy drinkers! I don't think it helped completely, but it did make a difference. Hope your problem goes away quickly. They sure are pesky.
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Old 10-09-2019, 06:46 PM
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We had an onion that had escaped its bag in the pantry and hid behind some stuff. It went funky and we struggled to figure out where those pesky flies were coming from. One we located and disposed of the rascal onion, our flies went away. So in a round about way, Iím trying to say that cleaning everything out is a great way to start.


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Old 10-09-2019, 07:01 PM
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After I moved here I had a few fruit flies that drove me crazy. I finally gave up bananas.

A year later, I bought bananas yesterday. Iíve missed them so much. Weíll see.
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Old 10-09-2019, 07:37 PM
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I finally got that sticky flypaper. It was gross, but it helped a lot.
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Bread
Old 10-09-2019, 07:51 PM
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I add bread to the wine and dish soap. That generally works. I canít keep anything out on the counters. Bananas bug me the most because I eat them and not a big fan of them cold.
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Old 10-10-2019, 03:56 AM
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I use those clear window fly traps. They look sort of gross but I can often hide them behind the blinds. They work like a charm.
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I just discovered
Old 10-10-2019, 02:32 PM
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Terro Fruit Fly Traps. They look like a small apple and sit on your counter. You pour the liquid into the apple and pretty soon those darn fruit flies are all gone!


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Old 10-10-2019, 04:09 PM
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i had read that if you spray cooking spray on a cookie sheet, you can fan through them and pick up a few at a time. i haven't had a chance to try it.
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Wow, Pepteach!
Old 10-10-2019, 06:40 PM
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I had totally forgotten about that. I did use cooking wine, and it did help.
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Old 10-12-2019, 04:44 AM
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We had a problem several years ago. I tried numerous homemade and over the counter products with little success. I finally bought some Raid Fly Stick Traps and used apple cider vinegar. It did the trick.
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