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How do you get rid of fruit flies in your kitchen??

Is there any trick that will rid my kitchen of fruit flies?? There are sooo many and I don't know why they are here! All of the food that is out is fresh and I keep our kitchen clean. We even have a lid for our garbage. They are driving me crazy! Please help!

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  1. put your fruit away in the refridgerator. I hate to do it too but.........

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    1. re: smartie

      This happens to us because our parrot eats fresh fruit.

      First, no fruit on the counter. Refrigerate it or don't keep it.

      Second, put out a bait. I noticed that a glass left on the counter with red wine (it was a Rioja) attracted about two dozen in half an hour. They apparently drowned.

      Third, and this works a little with some bugs, but not all -- we plug in our old bug zapper in a darkened room. Some moths and bugs are still pulled into the light, but I think fruit flies may not be the right species.

      1. re: smartie

        well this is not just the ultimatum destroyer of fruit flyes or other type off flyes but also a fun to do method, I use a vacuum cleaner, enjoy your battle, Maurocarlo/Canada

        1. re: maurocarlo

          You Rock!!!! Why couldn't I have thought of that!!! My husband is anti kill for any creature.....but these flies are REALLLLY asking for it!!!

          1. re: maurocarlo

            Thanks!!! I used a combination of a vacuum cleaner and leaving out a container with a little dish detergent and apple cider vinegar. I killed as many as I could with the vacuum and got rid of the rest with the apple cider vinegar solution!! I am anti-kill bugs but we had a MAJOR infestation because I had some fruit in the trash. Thanks again for all of the suggestions!

            1. re: maurocarlo

              You are AWESOME. Why did I not think of this??? Worked like a charm. Thanks so much!

              1. re: sreggers

                I do the same when we get our annual ant invasion--suck 'em up in a small vacuum, then "release" them back outside, well, any that survived the suck up.

          2. There is a source. Once you find it, you'll know.

            1. Use a fly trap. Bait it with fruit or sugar water.
              You can buy one in just about any garden supply store or make your own similar to this link.


              1. Rid them... tough. But a way to keep them in check that's dirt cheap: cups filled about 1/4 way up with a squirt of dishwashing liquid, a little water to make it bubble up and a splash of some red wine vinegar or cider vinegar. Put some plastic wrap on top, secure with a rubber band and then poke a few very tiny holes (use tip of a fork tine) in the plastic. They fly in and can't figure out how to escape. Put the cups where the infestations are. You'll be surprised how many you'll catch (but the uncaught ones continue multiplying...)

                An alternative to the reefer crisper would be to put them in a sealed container on the counter (as long as it's not too hot), although that only works if you're planning to use those veggies/fruit in a day or two.

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                1. re: Panini Guy

                  I've done this with pure cider viegar and it works well. They fly in and can't get out. It has pretty much eliminated my (mild) fruit fly problem.

                  1. re: lupaglupa

                    I have a book called "1001 Uses for Vinegar" which suggests this method. I've tried it and it does work.

                    1. re: BigBelt

                      Some reason vinegar isn't working they just walk around on the edges of the jar and don't drown in the vinegar as i thought they would.. Have any suggestions anyone? Their all over my bathroom and kitchen. They even sit on my dirty dishes (YUCKK) i cant even brush my teeth with out them scattering all over the top of my sink I'm just disgusted i need help!!!

                      1. re: mumtaz

                        I used balsamic with good results, as long as I didn't cover the container I kept the vinegar-water mix in. I think because balsamic is sweeter than regular white vinegar?

                        Fermenting/rotting fruit in a slightly soapy water solution works better, though.

                        1. re: mumtaz

                          Just came upon this. I'm sure you have solved the problem by now, but for others, it sounds like drain flies. They are just like fruit flies, but live in the drains. I had them a couple of years ago and tried everything. It was disgusting! I finally called my plumber and he told me to fill the sink with ice (lots) and then pour a lot of dishwasher detergent (the liquid) and a bit of water. Turn on the disposal and let it grind the ice mixed with the detergent. It creates a gross, black sludge and will come back up into the sink but it will go down. Just add it little water if it gets stuck. This did the trick for me. I do it now a few times a year to clean out the disposal and haven't had a problem since. If the flies are circling around the sinks they are not regular fruit flies.

                          1. re: eworj

                            Thank you SO MUCH for this post! We tried everything and even spent money to buy traps and couldn't figure out why they weren't working. Because they are DRAIN FLIES! Thanks for taking the time to post this!

                            1. re: eworj

                              The pest control guy I used for my restaurant told me to just put some household bleach (which I had for sanitizing dishes anyway) down the drains about once a week. I had no problems with them after I started on that program. One way to check if the drains are your problem is to watch the top while you or someone else bangs on the trap, if they are in there, they will fly out.

                              1. re: pulguksa

                                Pouring boiling water in on a regular basis helps too

                              2. re: eworj


                                1. re: eworj

                                  THIS sounds like a solution that will work for me! THANK YOU!

                              3. re: BigBelt

                                It has to be apple cider vinegar. A piece of fermenting fruit will also do it. The other day there were a couple of them sitting on my rising bread - they are attracted to products of fermentation.

                            2. re: Panini Guy

                              We were infested after I forgot about a bag of potatoes I left under the sink. We took a similar approach, but found it worked very effectively using fruit as bait. There is something to the old adage about attracting more flies with sugar than vinegar.

                              I took an empty pickle jar and put a piece of ripe banana and cantaloupe in it. Then I made a funnel cone out of a piece of paper (didn't have a real funnel, but that would have worked too) and put it into the jar so that the wide part of the cone sealed the top, and let it sit.

                              I don't think it's a question of the flies not being able to figure out how to escape, I can't imagine they would have wanted to as the fruit got more and more overripe over the next few days and none seemed to want to go back up the fairly large hole at the bottom of the funnel.

                              I find it difficult to kill anything, so I simply took the trap outside and emptied it, gave the birds a snack.

                              1. re: tubman

                                our source also was some forgotten potatoes (yuk). We had residual flies for awhile, and I took a one liter bottle, put some wine or juice in the bottom, put a coffee filter rolled into a cone in the top, and moistened the coffee filter with a bit of juice to "draw them in". It worked very well; they drowned in the juice and/or couldn't get out. When it was disgusting enough, I'd throw it out and start a new one.

                                1. re: tubman

                                  We're also using the paper cone in a jar method with good results. We free our captives outside twice a day. We're using a bit of mango now, but if you don't have ripe/rotting fruit as bait, cider vinegar works too.

                                  1. re: PollyG

                                    I had some nonalcoholic champagne (yuck, and don't ask why) and I found that to be the BEST fruit fly bait I've ever tried.

                                  2. re: tubman

                                    This is what I do to trap fruit flies and it works very well for me:

                                    I put a piece of ripe fruit and add a little cider vinegar in a clear long plastic bag (like the one in the product department in the supermarket). You can put the baits in a container first to put inside the bag. Set the bag on the kitchen counter (or wherever you think you have the most problems with fruit flies) and make sure the bag stands straight and open. The fruits will be attracted into the bag, After you collect quite a few (as you can see through the clear bag), you can quickly close the top of the bag with your hand and trap the flies inside the bag. You can either let them out outside or you can kill them easily by gradually let out the air from the bag and then squeezing the bag to kill the flies. It is really very easily. And I can't believe how many flies I got rid of this way. In fact after one day, I did not have any more problems any more. Good luck!

                                  3. re: Panini Guy

                                    I just tried this an hour ago and already trapped about 30. It really works! Thanks

                                    1. re: Panini Guy

                                      Panini Guy's method is the best! I've never had another problem with fruit flies since I started catching them this way.

                                      1. re: Panini Guy

                                        I know this is 2 years after this post, but THANK YOU, Panini Guy!! My fruit fly infestation is almost completely gone -- and I set out the first cups only 2 hours ago! I didn't have any vinegar, so I just used some apple cores I had in the fridge (saved for the compost heap) and they worked like magic.

                                        One change I made though was to omit the sudsy water, simply b/c I am really uncomfortable w/ killing anything, even bugs, (lame, I know) and the flies were drowning in the water. This is probably the whole point of the water, but I had naively not realized that was its purpose and was horrified and guilt-stricken when I saw the little floating fly bodies in the suds and discovered I was a fly-murderer. :( So just a heads-up to fellow catch-and-releasers -- don't use liquid! A piece of overly ripe fruit works just fine on its own.

                                        1. re: glendora

                                          I love suckiing up those nasty buggers up too, The black plague started with bugs living on rats. Flies eat and vomit on your food....and they poop on your food too. That's how diseases start. I wouldn't shoot a deer or something, they have emotions and are not disease infested creatures, but fruit flies ....... that is a different story. Our health is so much more important than fruit flies....so sucking them up with a vacuum or drowning them, I feel I am protecting my family from potential diseases and just plain yukkiness. This is our home :) So you like to grind, thumbs up, I like to suckem up with the vacuum :)

                                          SORRY, THIS WAS SUPPOSE TO BE A REPLY TO LINDA WHIT.

                                        2. re: Panini Guy

                                          THANK YOU VERY MUCH for this info I tried with the plastic but they couldn't find the holes so I took it off and within 2 hours there were about two hundred at the bottom of the glass and my kitchen was pretty much fly free!!

                                        3. if you've already done a thorough sweep of the counter area, i would head into the pantry and cupboards... you never know what may have been inadvertantly left in there (i once had a not so bright roommate who didnt know she should refridgerate her strawberries and left a basket in the pantry for a week). i would also put your produce in the fridge until the problem clears up.

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                                          1. re: LAcupcake

                                            Also your garbage disposal. Bits of food that remain in there is a breeding ground.

                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                              Absolutely! We had them take up residence in ours after we got rid of them everywhere else. Boy they were tough to get rid of there too. Took weeks of constant cleaning/purging and being absolutely spotless before they eventually died off.

                                              1. re: sivyaleah

                                                I enjoy grinding up the little buggers. <vbg> However, I'm one that just cannot -- CANNOT -- put my hand down there to get any bits of food that just won't clear. Too freaked out by horror movies. :-)

                                                But I have a little white plastic tool that has a plunger on one end - press on that, and four/five wires come out the other end, spreading out to a clawlike grabber. I use that to get the stuff that just won't grind up and go down the drain. Think I got it at Kitchen Etc. (no longer in business) or BB&B for less than $2.00. Also useful for pulling out any hair from the bathroom drain that makes it past the trap.

                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                  Being the daughter of a plumber has taught me many invaluable lessons- one is about the disposal... Once a week put the stopper in your kitchen sink and fill it almost to the top. Once done remove the stopper and turn on the disposal and the water faucet at the same time- this great rush of water will clear anything and everything out of your disposal including any fruit flies that have set up shop. I also love to toss a lemon/lime/orange or two down there for good measure and smell. If you do this faithfully you will never have to call your plumber for clogged disposal/drain.

                                                  1. re: MeffaBabe

                                                    Just reading this now, MeffaBabe (thanks to CH making old posts "rise to the top of MyChow" when someone posts to it years later). I like the idea of stopping up the sink and then "flushing" it in one big swoop. Will have to remember that.

                                                    And lemon, lime and orange rinds are always tossed into the disposal. Makes a racket when I first turn on the grinder, but the citrus smell is an added bonus.

                                                    1. re: MeffaBabe

                                                      I add a healthy glug or two of bleach and some LOC or dish soap before releasing the stopper.

                                                      1. re: MeffaBabe

                                                        thank you -- i'm getting great tips here!

                                                  2. re: LindaWhit

                                                    I've found a great way to clean the garbage disposal gunk is to pack as many ice cubes as possible into the chamber above the disposal, give a good squirt of dishwashing soap in there, then turn on cold water and run the disposal until all of the ice is crushed. Works every time.

                                                    1. re: Non Cognomina

                                                      I pour as much baking soda as I can down the disposal and follow that with vinegar. It works a like a charm.

                                                      1. re: Non Cognomina

                                                        Careful, though, on just how much ice you use--I once froze up some plumbing something with beaucoup ice. Was fine once I ran some warm water to dislodge the icejam!

                                                  3. Check your flour. That's where they hatch larvae. You are looking for shed larvae skins. They are light brown and translucent. It's really, really gross.

                                                    When this happens in our house, we do the following:

                                                    **clean out the pantry- take everything out and clean the shelves. sometimes there are skins underneath items or in the corners.
                                                    **check all the flour, including the stuff in containers on the counters - they may keep light out, but not the bugs, I have found. check your pastas, too.
                                                    **throw out everything that has been infected
                                                    **pour a little bleach down the sink. they sometimes colonize in there.

                                                    They will hang around forever, regardless of how many adults you capture, until you find where they have been hatching and throw it out.

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                                                    1. re: julietg

                                                      fruit flies don't have anything to do with flour.

                                                      excellent advice about bleaching your drains and storing all produce in fridge. wipe down all counters and exposed shelves in case something sticky went unnoticed. another trick is to point fans where they tend to congregate. they don't like moving air.

                                                      1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                        OK, then. What were the worms in the flour, that, when we got rid of them, the flies disappeared, too?

                                                        1. re: julietg

                                                          Those are millers and they will hatch out of almost any grain produce if the place where they are stored gets warm enough. I've had them coome out of dog kibble, dried chili powderm pasta, flour, cereals etc. An exterminator told me that they eggs are just there and cannot be removed by milling. If you have millers you have a big project on your hands. Your whole kitchen is going to have to be thoroughly cleaned. That means taking everything off the shelves and examining them for the little nests, pull out the shelves scrub them down. My cupboard shelves are adjustable and there are holes drilled at intervals to allow me to reposition them. They laid eggs in those holes. I had to dig them out. If you can store a lot of that stuff in your fridge or freezer you can keep them at bay. You can also put the stuff in tightly closed jars.

                                                          1. re: Candy

                                                            yep, those are moths.

                                                            throw away everything- cereal, flour, grits, nuts- everything you've been keeping on the shelf. EVERYTHING.

                                                            Do what Candy said about the cleaning- I made a bleach spray and took all the shelves out and sprayed everything. Then all the new stuff I bought I stored in the fridge or freezer.

                                                            1. re: Candy

                                                              I threw away suspicious grain products. Then I tightly sealed everything else and used something called the Pantry Pest, which is a lure that works very well. Just put it in the closet and in a few days, you have worms, moths etc. all stuck to the lure.

                                                              1. re: RGC1982

                                                                I've used those too, and they work well.

                                                                1. re: RGC1982

                                                                  Last summer, did battle with ants. They began in the kitchen, and we tossed SO much food and did the Pantry Pest thing. Little buggers migratated from room to room, including even the bathrooms and into the guest bed (guess they thought we ran a B & B just for them). Thanks heavens, no infestations (so far) this year. I can't stand ants in the house!

                                                              2. re: julietg

                                                                Ugh, been there, was skeeved out, solved it by ruthlessly purging and sanitizing constantly for weeks. Friends gave me many tips, some of which I still do, 15 years later.
                                                                1) When you bring fresh flour, grains, and such into the house, zap it in the microwave for one minute. Let it cool off before you put it away. This kills any yucky stuff that might be thinking of growing in there.
                                                                2) Another method for flour and other grains, put them in the freezer for a few days. Same principle, it will kill anything that's planning to sprout in there.

                                                                Most of all, I store flour and many grains in the fridge or freezer rather than in cabinets. Also invested in enough airtight jars so everything - pasta, rice, everything - comes out of the grocery bag and goes into an airtight jar. Then, before using it, I peer at it very intently in the jar. You can see telltale signs of larvae *shiver", it's hard to explain what to look for, but when you see it, you'll know it. It's like something's not right about the surface layer of the food. I've only discovered suspicious patterns once or twice, but on those occasions, I didn't think twice before chucking the jar, still tightly closed, into the trash, immediately.

                                                                I also stopped shopping at a certain store that I really liked, because the nuts they sold in bulk always, always, always had moths that were gestating in there. I talked to the owner about it, he just shrugged. I thik he thought I was nuts, or maybe he just didn't care. Obviously the only solution was to stop shopping there.

                                                                Good luck.

                                                                1. re: falconress

                                                                  I don't like canisters & jars sitting out on the counter, so I put all bags of flour, sugar, etc into zip top bags, and I squeeze out as much air as possible.

                                                              3. re: julietg

                                                                These are weevils. I got them from a bag of rice I bought at the grocery store. They were in my flour and all my pasta boxes. I live alone so I don't go through alot of stuff all the time. I was really infested. I threw everything out of the cupboards, bought some sealable storage containers and have been using those ever since. I've not seen any more weevils since.

                                                                Also, I've tried the cider vinegar with a drop of dishwashing liquid for the fruit flies. They simply just appear in my apartment in June - same time last year. I didn't have that many so it didn't take long to get rid of them but I leave a dish with that in it over the summer in a corner. Also, I keep everything sealed even in the refrigerator so there's nothing left out in the open.

                                                              4. As someone else mentioned, keep looking for the source. I had a similar problem once until I found banana peels stashed under the sofa by a teen too lazy to take them to the trash. Grrr!

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                                                                1. re: KTBearW

                                                                  That is hilarious, and so typical of teens. :-)

                                                                2. i put a little dish of sweet sherry out and they happily drown themselves. Scotch works too. Another possible source can be your garbage disposer. Run some boiling water down that drain and then clean it thoroughly with disposer cleaner.

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                                                                  1. re: Candy

                                                                    Funny...when I put scotch out, I get rid of the flies and the neighbors show up.

                                                                    1. re: njmarshall55

                                                                      LOL -- good one! if only the neighbors would BRING the scotch.

                                                                    2. the fruitflies reproduce in standing water, and they don't need much! the usual culprit is your drain-- pour boiling water or bleach followed by water down all drain holes of all sinks & floor drains, clean out the little dish under the water spigot on the fridge if you have one like that. make sure there isn't any standing water you're forgetting about, including a coffee cup just soaking, or a vase with some pretty flowers in it. as others have mentioned put all food away until they are gone. if you notice the #'s of fruit flies decreasing once you clean the drains, keep it up daily until they die off (couple of days). if you notice more the next day, you haven't found where they are originating.

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                                                                      1. re: soupkitten


                                                                        Standing water is a big culprit in our restaurant. I now flush the drain elbows in the bar sinks at least twice a day with scalding hot water.

                                                                        The other biggie is fastidious cleanliness. To *totally* do away with fruit flies in the restaurant, we had to start cleaning *everything* ferociously -- with plenty of bleach and hot water.

                                                                        I started my career in New York City, where cockroaches are the worst. Again, cleaning, cleaning, and cleaning some more is better than all the poisons/traps/lights combined!

                                                                        Now, in Connecticut, I'm *relieved* that fruit flies are the worst problem I have.

                                                                        1. re: soupkitten

                                                                          I was listening to a show on the radio and the advice there was a pour vinegar or bleach in your drains as that was the biggest breeding place.

                                                                          1. re: Sooeygun

                                                                            Also, run some plain cheap white vinegar through your dishwasher once a month--there's standing water that can build up there, too. Plus, a repairman told me the vinegar will also break down residue in the DW and I'd need a repairman a whole lot less frequently. Cheap insurance (I buy a giant bottle of white vinegar at CostCo and use it monthly in the coffeemaker too, to clean out the gunky residue).

                                                                        2. http://www.pestproducts.com/ultraviol...

                                                                          I bought two products from them, and both worked wonderfully:

                                                                          1) Luralite Professional
                                                                          2) Flytrap Professional 30 Watts

                                                                          1. agree with all about putting everything fresh in 'fridge. also, don't forget that they thrive on decaying matter, so if you have fresh herbs growing inside, that can be a source, since they love the base of fresh herbs.

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                                                                            1. re: beccaboo

                                                                              I think you may have discovered the source, beccaboo! Our kitchen leads into our back patio which is where our potted garden is (herbs, tomatos, etc). I think that they might be breading out there and flying in through our screen door. We don't have AC, so we always leave it open. Now it might be time for some traps!

                                                                            2. Believe it or not, they like onions. If you have any that aren't currently in your fridge, consider discarding them and replacing with new ones that go straight into the fridge.

                                                                              Of course, make sure you either refrigerate or discard any fruits and veggies until this blows over. Put vegetable garbage out of the house ASAP.

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                                                                              1. re: Christnp

                                                                                Oh my! I just bought a huge Costco bag of onions and I have a recent fruit fly problem since about 2 weeks ago. Ugh! I will definitely be finding a place in the fridge for them.

                                                                              2. My (slightly insane) brother says to eat a few of them...just suck 'em right out of the air. That scares the rest of them and they leave. (My brother has different ideas about a lot of things.)

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                                                                                1. re: ricepad

                                                                                  lol He sounds like my kinda guy. :-)
                                                                                  I've been invaded by them just the past week or so. They are way to small to shoot so I put out a jar, we'll see what happens.. :-)

                                                                                2. if you are in a godzilla mood you can fill a spray bottle with water and mist at them. they will get waterlogged and too heavy to fly-- fall on the countertop or floor and you can squish 'em.

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                                                                                  1. re: soupkitten

                                                                                    That's how I kill regular house flies. Impossible to catch unless you slow them down a little. I want to unleash the evil scientist laughter every time I get one. Bwa ha ha ha ha!

                                                                                    1. re: Louise

                                                                                      Hairspray does it as well. Freezes them in their tracks, if you can catch them on a screen or wall.

                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                        I used to use that on roaches in my NYC apartment. Didn't stop them in their tracks, but at least it made them vamoose!

                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                          lol. I used to do this as a teen with mosquitos in the house, and my Mom said I was letting them die a slow cruel death, and to just squish them. I remember feeling so guilty! I don't think i care anymore though. Good idea with the flies, they are so hard to catch! These flies are grossing me out so much!

                                                                                    2. I just put out my first Fruit Fly Trap of the season two days ago and cleared my kitchen in about 24 hours. One single semi-rotten apricot (tomatoes, peaches, plums, grapes - they all work just as well) in a mason jar. Cover the top tightly with plastic and screw on the band. Poke a single hole in the plastic with a toothpick. Watch the fun! I usually release them outside once or twice a day. After a few days the fruit in the trap gets too rotten and you have to replace it with a new one. I swear this works. I've seen fruit fly traps for sale in uppity gardening catalogues for as much as $12 each. Nonsense.

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                                                                                      1. re: Nyleve

                                                                                        WAIT a minute! You're letting them go?! Do you know how many millions of dollars of damage they do to farmers' livelihoods every year?! Kill the damned things!!!!

                                                                                      2. A good ol' fashioned hardware store will have fly strips - y'know, the sticky tapes rolled into a cardboard tube, which you pull out to full length and hang. It's disgusting, yes, to see how many of the pests you catch, but it's really effective and nontoxic.

                                                                                        This time of the year we get many of the super-small flies (screens can't keep them out) and the sticky fly strips are the only thing that does it (yep, we do the kitchen drain, we empty and change vase water, store fruit/veg in the fridge etc...). Getting at the source is a great idea, but sometimes you can't control the source, i.e., the great outdoors. In that case, the sticky strip really works.

                                                                                        Just be prepared to think of it as some odd art piece while it's doing the job!

                                                                                        1. I was in a small town in MS about a year ago and noticed that several restaurants had a baggie filled with water hanging by a string near their doors and open windows. I asked someone about it and she told me that for some reason flies couldn't stand to see their own reflection in the things and would stay away from the area with the baggie. I asked several other people about this, and they all swore that it was true- just hang a baggie full of water near the door, and flies will avoid it like the plague!

                                                                                          Since that time, I've seen this being done in other places- the most surprising being near the door of a restaurant in New Orleans. Does it work? I have no idea, but it wouldn't cost very much to find out...

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                                                                                          1. re: Clarkafella

                                                                                            That sounds like the common misconception that gallon jugs filled halfway with water and spread out on your lawn will keep dogs away. I'm not sure that a fly would 'see' anything in a baggie reflection...I doubt their eyes work that way.

                                                                                              1. re: Clarkafella

                                                                                                I was watching something on the Travel Channel, I think it was Rick Steves, and he was somewhere in Italy I believe, walking around in some backstreets and noticed bags of water hanging over all the doorways. He stopped to ask about them, and the old women in the doorway told him it was to repel the flies. She couldn't explain how, but told him it has been done basically, since "forever" and that it did work.

                                                                                                But, that's for flies - not fruit flies.

                                                                                                1. re: sivyaleah

                                                                                                  Yep. We've seen that all over the FL Keys and finally asked someone and they said it was to keep flies and bees away. A friend had a wooden swingset in her yard that bees kept setting up shop on, and she used the bag of water and it worked. They haven't been back.

                                                                                                  Cheap enough to try for fruit flies too.

                                                                                                  1. re: irishnyc

                                                                                                    We use those in our alpaca barn to repel yellow jacket wasps. The teory is that these wasps are territorial, and they think that these bags are other wasps nests. D'nno, seem to work for us alpaca folks. Now if we could figure out a way of getting rid of the house sparrows that are invading all the nesting places on our property and chasing off the wrens and bluebirds....

                                                                                            1. re: Clarkafella

                                                                                              This really does work. We used to have black flies on our back porch and it was disgusting. I read about the bag with four pennies in it and decided to try it. IT WORKED!!!

                                                                                            2. Are fruit flies that common of a problem? I have never seen any in any of the places I live.

                                                                                              Are the more prevelent in certain climates?, houses vs apartments?, older dwellings vs new construction?, or is it simply a cleanliness/sanitation issue?

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                                                                                              1. re: swsidejim

                                                                                                It's not about cleanliness. You may not be in the habit of leaving fruit/vegetables out in the kitchen - which is how the whole mess starts. All you need is a small squishy spot on a plum or tomato or whatever, a couple of microscopic fruit fly egg and you've got an infestation. We prefer our fruit at room temperature so they don't go into the fridge unless they're cut or going mushy. I won't have a fruit fly all winter, but as soon as the mid-summer fruits and veggies arrive so does the annual infestation. I really don't believe it's a sanitation issue - just annoying and a bit gross.

                                                                                                1. re: Nyleve

                                                                                                  I was not asking my question to insinuate anything, I apologize if my question came off that way. I am just curious since I have never seen any where I have lived. Thats is why I listed a few other variables that I thought could account for the flies, not just sanitation/cleanliness.

                                                                                                  I do not eat fruit, but my wife does, and it is typically stored in the fridge, excet banannas, which do not typically stay around long enough to go bad.

                                                                                                  1. re: swsidejim

                                                                                                    Not to worry - no offense taken. They are an annual scourge at our house. It typically begins now and will continue - more or less drastically - until October-ish. I have coping strategies, but nothing except having no fruit sitting on the counter works perfectly.

                                                                                                2. re: swsidejim

                                                                                                  I had never seen them either in any place I'd live in my whole life (I'm 48), until last summer when we forgot about a couple of bananas sitting in a bowl. They went WAY past ripe. This is in a nicely air conditioned house in NJ. I can only assume that fruit flies are around all the time and gravitate to the food source when they find it and reproduce wildly once the time is right.

                                                                                                  1. re: sivyaleah

                                                                                                    Yes, partly that. And also I believe that most fruit harbours at least a couple of fruit fly eggs that you can't see. If you wash the fruit very well before leaving it around, you'll reduce your fruit fly population. But even so, all you need is one fly to lay a clutch of eggs and the rest is history.

                                                                                                    1. re: Nyleve

                                                                                                      Yes, true. I was going to put that in my post too but got distracted. Thanks for pointing that out :-)

                                                                                                    2. re: sivyaleah

                                                                                                      Oh, there's a high school science experiment that has you put a banana peel in a bag and seal it- you'll likely get bugs flying in the jar very soon. The eggs were laid in the peel.

                                                                                                      1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                        Where you get your fruit can matter also. A couple of years ago I was talking with a friend and we realized that if we bought fruit (esp bananas) at a certain store in town we were going to have fruit flies. We could purchase at the other stores and have none but buy bananas at Store XYZ and you would have fruit flies within a day or two. Our storage, eating cleaning habits didn't change just where we got the fruit.

                                                                                                    3. re: swsidejim

                                                                                                      I have never seen fruit flys before the home I am currently living in. They are weird little bugs. I am fed up! I have lived in Colorado three different cities, Kansas, Texas, Arizona now Albuquerque.

                                                                                                      1. re: swsidejim

                                                                                                        ....Latest research shows warmth and fruit to be tantamount to their survival. I read somewhere, fruit flies live only long enough to reproduce; alas I grow skeptical, as I've spotted a few with little walkers and one even had a power wheelchair. Also some insect retirement home literature has found it's way into my mailbox.

                                                                                                          1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                            you mean you can charge them? in that case, welcome fruit flies...

                                                                                                      2. Great thread. I have the dasterdly bugs in my house now as well. Driving me nuts!
                                                                                                        I have an empty mason jar and am going to try one of the methods posted tonight.

                                                                                                        1. Fruit flies -- I know why they're there and how to catch them (or ignore them) but does anyone have any advice for dealing with regular old houseflies in the kitchen? We have them bad this summer - probably because none of our windows have screens.

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                                                                                                          1. re: Amuse Bouches

                                                                                                            Fly swatter :)o On another note, thanks for this thread. I will use some of the ideas the next time the fruit flies come for a visit.

                                                                                                            1. re: Amuse Bouches

                                                                                                              #1--no brainer, make sure the trash goes out regularly.

                                                                                                              #2--I slow them down by spritzing them with whatever's in the nearest spray bottle to hand. Windex, 409, anything like that, and they will fall like a rock to the floor or sink or counter (ick!) and crawl around frantically. Then I pick them up using several napkins and they go to their watery resting place via the toilet.

                                                                                                              1. re: Amuse Bouches

                                                                                                                Ceiling fans. They can't fly through the downdraft.

                                                                                                                1. re: MakingSense

                                                                                                                  I have a small fan that I keep turned on and blowing on any fruit that sits out. It heps with the bugs, and also helps keep the fruit from rotting, which was a great discovery.

                                                                                                              2. I have very lightweight linen cloths for covering fruit that is left out at room temperature. No way am I going to put tomatoes and peaches in the fridge!
                                                                                                                Ordinarily, I don't cover stuff but at the first sight of fruit flies, there's usually a piece of "fruit gone bad," and out it goes. Then everything gets covered up and it seems to solve the problem. Apparently, the flies have to lay their eggs in decay so the larvae can feast on that. They can't do that if the fruit is covered. Sometimes, I'll see a few stray flies on the cloth but they just go away. No place to breed.
                                                                                                                The first linen cover I bought was in Italy. Round with fruit embroidered on it. Seemed like such a simple idea, I couldn't believe it wasn't used everywhere! Works great for me.

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                                                                                                                1. re: MakingSense

                                                                                                                  I think I remember my Grandmother doing that. I always thought she just missed putting a napkin away or thought it made her table "prettier" Great idea!!

                                                                                                                2. time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.
                                                                                                                  - Marx

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                                                                                                                  1. re: evans

                                                                                                                    Gads, evans, I'll have to tell my kids that someone else likes that quip.

                                                                                                                    I love the covering tips, as I love room temp tomatoes and melon, but I can't emphasize the drain vigilance enough. Well, that and living with a fly strip for a month or so.

                                                                                                                    Our influx just began and after a couple of days of the discreetly hung strip, we're already less harried.

                                                                                                                  2. I just had a bunch of tomatoes become ripe. I did not want to refrigerate those beauties. I put them in a zip type bag and loosely closed. I am not having a fruit fly problem.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: Candy

                                                                                                                      That's because they aren't rotting yet. It only happens with rotting veggies or fruit, and not necessarily all the time.

                                                                                                                      1. re: sivyaleah

                                                                                                                        N I have found they will attack any soft skinned fruit or veg they can get to. Leave an orange out and no prob. The skin is too tough

                                                                                                                        1. re: Candy

                                                                                                                          Fruit flies are an old standby organism in genetics labs. The larvae actually feed on yeast, so the adults are attracted both to the esters of ripe fruit and to alcohol. I've had them swarm around a glass of wine to where you can't get to it.

                                                                                                                          Originally they were raised in the lab on chunks of banana, but other media have replaced that because they're less messy. I use a banana skin in an old sprouting jar as a trap, and when I don't want to refrigerate fruits and vegetables I use one of those mesh tent deals sometimes sold as picnic accessories.

                                                                                                                      2. re: Candy

                                                                                                                        My big gorgeous muskmelon is in one of those oversized Hefty Zip type bags but not tightly closed. The flies have disappeared. I also keep the garbage disposer very clean. The bag treatment seems to have really helped. I wish who ever made the fruit and vegetable bags that were perforated hadn't dropped them. The holes were too small for the bugs but the produce wasn't asphyxiated.

                                                                                                                      3. CHOW just posted a video CHOW Tip on how to trap and get rid of the suckers.

                                                                                                                        1. If you've covered up, thrown out, cleaned the disposal, etc., and are still having problems, check to make sure that your houseplants aren't harboring the pests, especially plants that sit on a pebble/water tray.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: weezycom

                                                                                                                            as I can be heavy handed with the watering can that's usually the culprit in my house if it's not the bananas....

                                                                                                                          2. Thanks to everyone who posted. I had my first fruit fly infestation - ever. Discovered the source was my teenagers waste basket - she won't sleep in her room till they are gone. Made lots of traps with cups and fruit. They work really well. Only thing is, watch the size of the holes. I watched a few be smart enough to get out again - ugh!

                                                                                                                            Thought I would add that Glad Press and Seal and a plastic cup work great. It seals automatically along the edges, and you can make it taut. Also, you can reseal the top after you get rid of the pests.

                                                                                                                            I hope to have my home back in a day or two.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: sbk613

                                                                                                                              I enjoyed reading the posts. I had help emptying cupboards to paint the kitchen, and two months later, I still have kitchen things stored in boxes in the basement. Suddenly, I noticed fruit flies everywhere there was water. Kitchen, bathrooms, guinea pig cages. I finally found the source - one of the boxes had some sort of fruit or potatoes or something in it - it was the most revolting sight and smell you could imagine, just a horrible liquid goo that gagged me the whole time I was cleaning it out. I felt so sorry for the garbage man, and am planning to make him cookies because the gargabe can smelled so bad after I put that in there.....But I still have the problem around the guinea pig cages because their water bottles drip and the bedding gets soggy right under them. I have been vacuuming them and that's been working. Anybody know a way to keep the water bottles from dripping? I'm going to try the kitchen drain thing, too. Maybe that's it.

                                                                                                                              1. re: joyces0

                                                                                                                                I'm enjoying this whole thread - we grow bananas and I made the mistake of letting a bunch ripen on the stem and then bringing the unripe remainders in the house - what a disaster. BUT about the guinea pigs dripping bottle ... we had that problem with our bunnies, and just got rid of the dripping bottle. Instead got them one of those bowls made for birds, with a clamp to attach to the side of their daytime enclosure so they couldn't knock it over. They now drink just like the wild bunnies and get a lot more water, which is overall good for them. And there's no mess.

                                                                                                                            2. I had this problem,and so began to wash and clean my fruit RIGHT after every trip from the grocery, and have not had a problem since. It bugs the heck out of me, too!

                                                                                                                              1. I hate these little buggers. I have houseguests over the summer and even though i had told them not to, they had left a bag with i don't know what, in a bin that i no longer use (i had to stop using it because my brainy little dog figured out how to nose open the top of the bin or drag it by the bag across the kitchen, but the bin is still in my kitchen, albeit empty). Of course, after they'd left, i never thought to check, never using it myself, and there were no foul smells. A week or more later however, something possessed me to step on the foot peddle to check for cleaning or something, and a massive swarm of these things came out at me, and for a couple of weeks after, i was finding these everywhere.
                                                                                                                                The first day was the worst, I tried to spray as many as i could, and i had put out a bowl of sugar water topped with pin-holed saran, but these were still stuck to the walls and following me around, or trying to fly up my nose all evening. While swatting them away from my glass of red wine and having to cover my glass, i noticed that they were more interested in the wine than the bowl of nearby sugar water. Sooo...instead of the sugar water, i put out bowls of red wine (it was cheap stuff), and this is finally what got rid of them. Although it still took a while.

                                                                                                                                1. Leave a little dribble of red wine in a glass. They fly in and they die happy.

                                                                                                                                  1. Another simple way is to lower the room temperature. So if there is a cold night forecast, open all the windows. Fruit flies are very non-resistant to cold. I guess you could also crank the air conditioning to frigid too.

                                                                                                                                    1. We set up the wine/fruit juice trap too, but, truthfully, I like to use my blowtorch. They die quickly.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                        I wonder if Kahlua will work? It's the only alcohol I have, so I guess I'll try it. I don't even have any vinegar right now...

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Old_MK

                                                                                                                                          It's sugary enough, for sure, but what a waste! Cider vinegar works just fine.

                                                                                                                                      2. I have found the easiest and most efficient way to get rid of annoying fruit flies. First it’s important to clean the counters well, put food away and clean the sink (allowing soap to run into the drain or disposal. Then, when you are ready to run a load of dishes (sorry, this only works if you have a dishwasher) load the dishwasher, put the soap in and pour about a 1/4 cup of cider vinegar in the bottom of the machine. Leave the door open for an hour or so, then quietly close it. Run your load as usual. The flies are killed immediately and are down the drain in the first run off. As long as you keep the kitchen clean, they won’t be back - or at least not for a long time!

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: kellyanner

                                                                                                                                          That is awesome. I cannot wait until we have a dishwasher...until then, I'm torching them.

                                                                                                                                        2. We started to have a problem when the city we live in changed the trash collection. We now have a trash bin, a large recycle bin and a compostables bin. We started using it outside, putting in banana peels, strawberry leaves, rotting food as well as leaves and any organic manner. They collect the compostables every two weeks. It only took a couple of days for the flies to begin. By two weeks we were inundated and the flies had also moved inside.
                                                                                                                                          We have bought a small stainless steel can with a charcoal filter (I guess it contains the smell), use a bio bag liner and then close the bag when we put it out. So far so good. We can now be eco friendly without the bugs.
                                                                                                                                          I'm going to follow the other ideas to rid my kitchen of the flies that got in and started multiplying. Too bad my kids are grown -- great science experiment!

                                                                                                                                          1. Wow, I could have used this thread about a year ago. I'd never had a problem with fruit flies and all of a sudden they were everywhere. I tried the vinegar/soap/plastic wrapped bowl w/holes poked, but that was too slow for me. I had an old hairdryer lying around, and I held it backwards, sucking them into the motor. It was evil, but incredibly satisfying.

                                                                                                                                            The culprit, in my case, was a few empty bottles of Corona with the limes left inside. Once I got those outside the problem disappeared for good.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: Blush

                                                                                                                                              Fruit flies are driving me crazy as we speak! All because of one overripe banana I left sitting on the counter for too long. The banana & the rest of the garbage has been gone for a week, I cleaned the garbage can & all the countertops, put away all food and I STILL have fruit flies. So, I'm not sure yet if the "trap" I'm using will get rid of them for good, but thought I'd share anyway because this method is so simple. I'm just using apple cider vinegar in a bowl with a few drops of dishwashing liquid added (like someone said, makes it so the fruit flies can't get back out). No need to make a funnel or cover with plastic wrap...just an open bowl...I'm catching tons this way! 12 overnight last night, 22 more while I was at work today. I just changed the bowl & got another 3 within 10 minutes.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: KristineA

                                                                                                                                                I am trying your (modified) suggestion immediately!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Stephanie87120

                                                                                                                                                  Just put some cider vinegar in a glass and sat it on the stove. I have caught nearly 20 and I'm not even finished reading this. :)

                                                                                                                                            2. I just set out a bit of rose in a glass and a bit of cider vinegar and I didn't get anything. Then I added some dish soap to each one and the cider still had none and the glass of rose collected several and is still collecting more. They're almost gone! Yay!

                                                                                                                                              1. Where should I keep my bananas?

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: Jetgirly

                                                                                                                                                  actually it is ok for your bananas to be in the fridge according to a dr donahue that writes for our local newspaper. He said they stay fresher longer that way too.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Smileelisa

                                                                                                                                                    Hm, I put banana in the fridge and they turned brown really fast. I haven't quite masteres banana storage. To ripen put in a paper bag, I keep mine on top of the fridge and they seem to ripen in a few days (I guess it depends on how you like your bananas... you can always rip the bunch in half so you don't get too many, unless you like banana bread! Then any left over bananas that get brown you can put in the fridge (they will get more brown but will have the perfect texture for banana bread or a smoothie.

                                                                                                                                                2. I use fly traps actually, and though they're baited I bait them myself with those chewy natural fruit rollup things, just little bits and then it attracts the flies. I put this trap near the patio door so it's away from cooking stations..etc.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BamiaWruz

                                                                                                                                                    OK I have read every post on here and, im trying to figure out why I have so many fruit flies. I do not have any fruit in my house, nor potatoes or anything else that I can think of. I dont have house plants or anything. DO you know why I would be having them? I am trying the glass with seran wrap as we speak so I am hoping that this will work. I have also poured bleach down my drains and disposal. I have had this problem for a few weeks now.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Jashlyn

                                                                                                                                                      It may not be you, but your neighbors...are you in an apartment building?

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                        I did everything that was suggested, and the problem was mostly licked for a while, but I kept finding a few here and there - I think I have it under control now. Gross-out story of the week - I was making my rare treat of fried rice, and poured out some soy sauce from the restaurant-style container that I keep on my counter - that my husband uses daily. When I poured out some sauce I found a LOT of tiny little lumps in it. I thought at first that the soy sauce had begun to crystallize but I fished some out of the rice to look...and EW they were fruit flies!! I poured out the rest of the bottle (It was about half full) and there were HUNDREDS - and of course I got rid of the rice that I'd been making. The gross-out? My husband, like I said, puts soy sauce on his food DAILY. There isn't any telling how many fruit flies he ate. Needless to say we do not use restaurant-style soy sauce bottles anymore!! (And I use soysauce in the traps now. The benefit of that is that the dark of the soysauce keeps you from seeing the ugly drowned buggers!!!)

                                                                                                                                                  2. I ran across your question this morning about half an hour after tracking down the buggy problem in my own kitchen. It wasn't fruit but a houseplant that was harboring the little rascals. I've had this ivy plant on a kitchen window for more than three years so why they suddenly moved in is a mystery.

                                                                                                                                                    If you have houseplants in any room and start seeing flying critters, you can check for infestation by watching what escapes when each plant is watered. The only way to get rid of them is with a "systemic insecticide." I've used this type of insecticide in the past and my theory is that there's nothing fatal about the formula; it just smells so horrible that the insects pack up their larvae and move on in disgust.

                                                                                                                                                    Bye bye, ivy. Your time has come.

                                                                                                                                                    1. We had a problem with fruit flies in our Kitchen and bathroom. We tried different vinagers, fruit, and bug sprays but nothing really seemed to work. They would be gone in the morning, then in the afternoon, there were tons again. We dont leave food out and our kitchen and bathroom are kept clean. So...sound kinda gross but we vaccummed the little buggers up, and emptied it outside, then poured bleach down the drains. I read sometimes they come up through the drains. So far, so good.

                                                                                                                                                      1. boiling water in the drains. get rid of the food source... i had a cafe with fruit teas... they loved us... customers not so much :(

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: emperorscrumbs

                                                                                                                                                          ok... I am so tired of these little boogers. I thought I got rid of them once by leaving a trap of cantelope, cleaning my entire fridge (including seals and evaporating slide), sweeping, mopping, and clearing any suspicious lint etc. from the laundry room. Trying the dish soap with cider vinegar, soap with red wine vinegar, plain soda, and plain cider vinegar. . . . fingers are crossed

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: asuttell

                                                                                                                                                            Simple. I went to the supermarket today and asked the produce guy...how do you keep fruit flies away from all this fruit? Peppermint oil he says. A few drops on a paper towel near your fruit or prep area. So I bought some...came home and did just that. I was fed up with so many flies around I had gone to buy the flypaper but came back with peppermint oil. Well, within 3 minutes they were out of sight. I sprinkled a few drops in the trash too. They were gone in a minute. I then prepared my meal...a salad with fruits and veggies and not a single fly lingered. Its been 2 hours now and there isn't a single fruit fly in the kitchen. I don't know where they have gone. Produce guy says they will eventually run off to college. So, I am going to scrub this place down and use peppermint water to rinse the cabinets, floors etc. for maintenance . Hmm, I seem to recall peppermint kitchen spray somewhere. I'll write back.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: skyeig

                                                                                                                                                              repelling them is not the same thing as getting rid (aka killing) them. You're just moving them to the bathroom, or other part of the house.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: cheesemonger

                                                                                                                                                                Very True. In-the-meantime it is nice to not have them flying around in the kithcen, It's been several more hours and the flies haven't come back to the kitchen. And I even left the plate on the counter for a while to tempt them...LOL. Enough experimentation though.. It's still a great solution to enjoying a pest-free meal.

                                                                                                                                                        2. You could try a homemade spray....Its really easy, cost effective and it really works plus you can use it anywhere and it is safe to use.

                                                                                                                                                          Get some lemon grass oil 2 drops per 10 ounces of hot water, then spray round infected areas and all round your house if you wish.

                                                                                                                                                          This will kill all small insects

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ac2enator

                                                                                                                                                            I heard putting a dish out with vinegar works. They drown in it.

                                                                                                                                                          2. Thank you so much Panini Guy-- years later, thanks to google, I came across this. Have set out six of those traps and have caught 19 nasty flies so far-- almost gone!! Thanks!!

                                                                                                                                                            1. I promise you...this is the BEST solution EVER. I've tried everything suggested. The method I'm going to describe has caught easily 300 flies in the past day (GROSS!!!!!!)

                                                                                                                                                              I make protein shakes every day. I add banana to my protein shake after blending it in my magic bullet. Well, as you know, you can't get every ounce of food out of the container. I put the remains of the blended banana in the magic bullet container in a big gallon size ziploc bag along with the peel of an eaten banana. You'd think every fly was getting paid $1000 to land there cause it's IMMEDIATE and they all swarm there. Using the ziploc bag is the BEST option. It's easy for the bugs to go in...and it's easy to zip QUICKLY so they don't get away. (The flies were crawling out of any other "funnel" that I used). I've done this about 5 times since yesterday, and I think I'm finally starting to near the end of the problem! I had no idea how many there were in my house. Also, one last bit of advice...you need to empty it several times a day so you can start over again and again. It's the only way to catch them all. (and you have to do it often since they reproduce so quickly).

                                                                                                                                                              Another option is using old banana (after having been blended in a blender there were remains

                                                                                                                                                              1. Yeah that works! I did put wine, water and little bit dish soap into bowl. The fruit flies are already dead. Do not leave dirty dish until you finish the dishwasher. You must do to put the dishes away. It is taken over night then, When you woke up in the morning that work good greatest. Then you have to throw away. Do it again and again there is no more fruit files. You have to watch the fruit flies will come back again. Do it again same things. Thank you

                                                                                                                                                                1. From my personal experience, the best way to go about removing these bugs is to do the following in this order:

                                                                                                                                                                  1) Remove any rubbish bins away from close proximity of your house (as far as possible while still remaining convenient)
                                                                                                                                                                  2) Pour household bleach down all your drain pipes, even outside.
                                                                                                                                                                  3) Clean up any old foodstuffs and double check places like under the fridge, etc for things like raisins, grapes, etc that may have fallen there.
                                                                                                                                                                  4) Keep your fruit in the fridge if possible and put your offcuts in a plastic bag in the freezer until you are ready to toss it out. (this prevents food from sitting in your kitchen bin too long)
                                                                                                                                                                  5) Use fruit fly traps to kill what remains.

                                                                                                                                                                  Most of this information I found here:


                                                                                                                                                                  This process completely solved my fruit fly problem so give it a shot, I am sure it will fix your problem as well.

                                                                                                                                                                  Good luck


                                                                                                                                                                  1. The best non-chemical way to rid them from your living space is to fill about an inch of cider Cider vinegar or wine vinegar (some people use balsamic too but I don't think it works as well as cider vinegar) and make absolutely sure that you put 1 drop of dish soap into the vinegar. The dish soap breaks the plane so that fruit flies sink and drown in the liquid. If you don't add the dish soap, they won't sink and drown. Cover the container with plastic wrap and keep it in place with a rubber band or masking tape. I poke holes in the plastic wrap with a push pin. I put a trap in my kitchen and my living room as well but if you have a bigger infestation, you should put as many out as you have containers.

                                                                                                                                                                    Every summer, I get the fruit fly invasion but I live in a 4-plex and pretty much everyone gets them too and I think that they come from the kitchen sink drain. I do throw about a cup of chlorine bleach down the drains about once a week so that the eggs get destroyed.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. I know this is a older post but I take a fly strip and put chunks of bannana peel to it. seems to work wounders

                                                                                                                                                                      1. We are now having a fruit fly problem.. I wonder if it comes from our garbage disposal or the bowl of fermenting oranges and banana ( i threw out already *phew!*). Maybe both? I noticed them in the bathroom, then the dining room, then the kitchen. then the family room, and now my bedroom. I hope they don't harm my little ferret :-*

                                                                                                                                                                        They are flying everywhere, and I don't want them flying in my mouth when I sleep!!!

                                                                                                                                                                        I read through this whole thread post thingy and I see that vinegar helps? We have vinegar and some alcohol. But we also just bought a bunch of Minute-Maid Juice (we always have this juice) and we have lots of fresh cherries and grapes. Is this our problem?

                                                                                                                                                                        If I don't get rid of them soon (and there is quite a lot of them...) I won't be able to invite my friend over to hang out because she'll be so disgusted of our bug problem..


                                                                                                                                                                        Also we had a case of house flies but they are long gone now..

                                                                                                                                                                        Also sometimes we get cigarette ants but they don't come now.

                                                                                                                                                                        PLEASE HELP ME!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                        and my family.. o.e

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. HI:
                                                                                                                                                                          I just tried this a few hours ago and seems to be working. Take a plastic container like one that holds a pound of potato salad. Punch a hole in the cover, and some smaller holes for breathing. Put some ripe fruit in the container. Cover it, and watch the fun. I put ripe melon in mine, and currently have about 30 fruit flies. Seems to be working. Put anything that attracks flies, such as wine, fruit or whatever. Good luck.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: johndmorrie

                                                                                                                                                                            I made a trap by accident. I had bottles of oil and cider vinegar on the table with open ended pour spots. The vinegar bottle filled up with dead fruit flies. GROSS! So I took an old wine bottle - poured in the cider vinegar, and put a plastic liquor pour spout on it. I made several and it cost me all of a dollar or two for the spouts and some vinegar. It catches tons of the little S.O.B.'s - now if I could only stop them from breeding. I have put everything imaginable in the refrigerator and they are still around.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. The easiest way in to buy a can (not bottle) or beer or other sweet alcoholic drink, open the tab a little (enough so the flies can get in, but don't tear it off!) and leave it in the place where the flies are. The flies will be attracted to the beer and get in, but they are too dumb/drunk to get out! You can add a tiny bit of dish soap if you'd like - this makes their wings heavier and makes it even harder for them to escape.

                                                                                                                                                                            Make sure you shut all windows while doing this, or more flies will come in! Let it sit 24 hours and you'll have tons of dead flies in your beer can! Dump it outside, somewhere far away from your house, so the alcohol smell doesn't attract more flies! Problem solved!

                                                                                                                                                                            1. September 11, 2012 (Always remember, never forget) I just started having this fruit fly problem. I did a simple home remedy that took me all of 2 minutes to set up: In a small juice glass, fill it halfway with cider vinegar. Add two teaspoons of dishwashing liquid. Stretch a piece of SaranWrap over the top, securing it with a rubber band. Puncture it with a fork, making 12 small holes. I did this at 5:15 p.m. today. I just arrived home at 9:30 p.m. There are over 50 dead flies in the glass. It works!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. To thebestway on Sep 5, 2012 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                What a way to go! Drowning in alcohol. If you gotta go, sounds good to me. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                1. These guys are hard to whack! I recently found that if I spray them with a mix of water and dish soap they momentarily fall to the counter and I can smack them easily and kill them. This has been handy for the couple who never succumb to the vinegar trap.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                                                    spray them with isopropyl or rubbing alcohol. kills them.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. In case they do come up through the drain you can also put boiling hot water down the drains occasionally.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                        Drain cleaner with lye works even better.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: HappyHattiesburgr

                                                                                                                                                                                        Good = Bleach
                                                                                                                                                                                        Better = Drain cleaner with lye
                                                                                                                                                                                        Best = a hand grenade (and a quick exit out the front door)

                                                                                                                                                                                      3. HELP! I bought a watermelon from a CERTAIN grocery store that has had BAD produce lately. It was in a bag on my carpeted dining room floor. Now I have a TON of fruit flies. The initial infestation was eradicated by diligent cleaning and carpet scrubbing, and vacuuming. After noticing they started to re-populate I went back and checked the area again and realized I missed a few spots. So I started all over again. I sealed off the area and fumigated it with flying insect spray and plan to scrub once more, vacuume and take it out to the trash immediately. Is there any other way to make SURE these things are out of the carpet? I live in an apartment so ripping up the carpet, fumigating, and carpet cleaning would all mean telling them. They would of course assume it is MY FAULT, and i dont want to even get INTO that. Stuff happens. My house is SUPER clean, pretty much spotless. The kitchen is cleaned 2-3 times daily and disinfected and the trash goes out every night!

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. The other night I turned on a hurricane lamp in the kitchen and propped a partly open sticky fly trap (pulled up, but not hung up, so it was able to stand and stay tall at about 12 inches)-- the next morning there were hundreds of fruit flies on it. Alas, not every fruit fly, so the battle continues. No luck with fruit in the bottom of a cup -- after several days only 3 flies caught. Just poured bleach down both drains and then filled both sinks with enough water to prevent any more flies from coming up - if that is the source. Anything and Everything to get rid of them!

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I tried the wine, I tried the vinegar and they all worked fine. But by fluke I found something that worked even better for me ... Cooked Potato Peelings.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Leave a few on a plate or bowl and the little buggers will flock to them.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Just give them a quick spray of a typical aerosol fly spray every few hours. This attractor will work for 3-5 days before you have to replace the potatoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Even if they are nesting somewhere in the kitchen that you cannot locate, this method will get rid of them in less than 10 days.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: eirman

                                                                                                                                                                                              My local farmer swears by apples.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I use two methods.

                                                                                                                                                                                              One put a plate in the microwave with banana peels or what ever the left over is that is drawing them in. Leave in there for what ever time you'd like. Once there is a mass of them in there, close the door quick and turn that sucker on.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Two is get a cup and pour tequila in it. Put a funnel on it (you can use a real funnel or make a paper one. they will get in but will unable to get out.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Hope this helps.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Take out the trash. Don't forget to empty the fruitbowl.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                                                                                  You have to keep everything tied in a plastic bags or in the fridge until the season passes! That should go without saying.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  BUT I just discovered the best method of all, and it's fun to boot. Get an electric bug zapper (they sell them at the dollar store) and wow, you can wipe out the whole tribe in minutes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hopefully the photo will pop up eventually.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think fruits particularly tomatoes and avocados are our problem but uh where do you put them?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I cover them in a bowl securely, with Saran Wrap.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                        These buggers are driving me insane especially as they fly directly towards my face and yet evade capture. I've tried vinegar, other sweet things to attract them and they just laugh at me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Then laugh at them, get the electric zapper and start swinging. So much fun!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I can just imagine it now, I'd go crazy with that thing. I imagine Home Depot might have it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I saw them somewhere like that. Or maybe Walmart. But it's seasonal I'm sure, so go quick! They are so satisfying in the war on bugs. We are the champions my friend!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I looked it up for a friend who is also having issues, and it's this one, the cheapest on Amazon. According to the reviews, not all work as well on fruit flies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Only problem is that it scares the heck out of my cats with it crackles and flashes! It's very powerful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Aww, I have a kitten who I imagine would also be quite scared but he doesn't like the bugs flying around he can't seem to capture either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeah, mine is great with crickets but fruit flies she doesn't even notice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Crickets don't stand a chance and are consumed still moving. I'm gonna hunt for a zapper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You'll love it, it's a veritable weapon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    American Science and Surplus is the cheapest (sciplus.com) source for the zappers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Thick, sweet wine works for me. They smell the sugar and dive into it and it works like a trap. Non-toxic too, unless you drink some of the stuff yourself. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I know this is an old feed, but I wanted to say thank you to everyone who commented. My fiancé and I have been in our apartment for about two months. We've found that the neighbors aren't the cleanest, and have spent a good bit of our time here repelling pests. The most recent being the swarm of fruit flies inhabiting our place. They are absolutely everywhere. I've been having the worst time trying to rid the place of them. I feel like I've tried everything.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Then I saw this link, and I feel as though my life has been saved. About an hour ago, I put out a bowl of Apple cider vinegar and dish soap. I also put out plain water and dish soap. My fiancé went to the store to grab other things to use. So I sat here with a bottle of hairspray and attacked anything that moved. I'll obviously have to spend some time cleaning off the surfaces, but I've had pretty great results.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm going to try the tennis racket buzzers, fly traps, and red wine tomorrow. Thanks!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Vpayton

                                                                                                                                                                                                          one other thing to consider... upon bringing home fruit, I wash most of it (anything with a firm skin) with soap and water. This will remove some of the eggs from the surface crannies of the fruit. Maybe it 's just my imagination, but I have far fewer flies around the bananas, when I wash them, than we do when my DH does not :)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          a splash of beer/wine/cider/vinegar in the bottom of a narrow necked bottle seems to catch the majority of stragglers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Vpayton

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh, hmm do you have to attract them with vinegar and then kill them? I've tried the dish soap in vinegar and nothing happens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have been using apple cider vinegar & a little dish soap for the past three weeks; the first few days, it worked like a charm. Now, it's not working so I've switched over to red wine, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar (worked for a few days, but not anymore); I've used really ripe banana peel in the dish with the liquid... I have poured bleach down the drains, boiling water....none of it's working anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Now I have fly tape hanging in three rooms, not as effective as the liquid method was but it does get a few, especially near the kitchen sink where I think they started from. Has anyone else used other creative modes of elimination??

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                                                                                                                One tip I received from a friend in the bug biz that has really helped: if you have plants indoors, pay attention to those drainage trays. I have a garden window in front of my kitchen sink, and since I started draining and washing the drainage trays under the potted plants, we have had a drastic reduction in fly problems. We typically think of summer as fly season; this year we have only recently had a problem and I am suspecting the overwhelming numbers of bouquets around here right now after my father's recent death, and I've just not been attentive enough to change vase water. Sitting water can be a breeding ground, from what I understand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I find it works best to cover the dish (I use a small pyrex bowl) with a piece of plastic wrap and poke a few holes in it. I secure it with a rubber band. Then the fruit flies go in but they can't get back out. I've had great success with this method, using cider vinegar, just a drop of dish soap, and a bit of water.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  OK I'm going to try it again. A glass of vinegar is on the counter waiting to go. Just one sole drop of dish soap?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I don't use soap, although I've heard of it. Just cover cider vinegar with saran wrap and pop a couple of holes on top. They don't have to be too small, fruit flies are really stupid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've heard they like the color white too, so put it near something white in your kitchen if you have. A day or two from now you will look in and see twenty fruit flies floating in there, and will rejoice!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's been working for me, & I've had loads of fruit flies this summer, I use red wine vinegar & a squirt of dish detergent, stirred together & changed every couple of days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: thistle5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        OK, great. I wonder if it catches those dreaded fungus gnats too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It does. We had hundreds that died with the vinegar and soap method. Yeah, massive infestation...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: thistle5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I feel like, it's the scent in the dish detergent that attracts them. So make sure to use a fruity one! Straight cider works great for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I didn't even think about the scent in the dish detergent-I'm using a lovely Palmolive Lotus blossom & Lavender (I think my success is due to the sheer # of fruit flies, though). & I'm using the red wine vinegar because I have a surplus. I don't use the plastic, though, just dump & change frequently.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: thistle5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And I always thought the saran wrap was the key! I let them build up in there so I can gloat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If the situation is really bad I take out the trusty vacuum cleaner. Remove the 'head' part so you only have the 'wand'. This works miracles for house flies BTW. Turn it on and simply point the wand at the fruit fly. The 'vacuum' will suck in the fly. For some strange reason they can't figure out that the small black circle coming at them will suck them in. Spray a bit of Windex into the end of the wand before you quit. That will make any fruit flies in the bag dead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Vpayton

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sounds like you're determined to have fun- go for it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Update: By accident I discovered an easy effective way to 'get rid' of hundreds of fruit fries at a time.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I had sliced up an orange and put it on a little dessert plate. On my way to the living room to eat the orange I made a 'pit-stop' in the small bathroom off the laundry room. I forgot the orange. I had left the bathroom door opened. I remembered the orange an hour later. I went to the bathroom and there were the orange slices literally covered in fruit flies. I gently closed the door and went and got the spray bottle of Windex. I gently entered the bathroom closing the door behind me. Then half a dozen misty blasts from the Windex and hundreds of fruit flies met their maker. I figured the Windex would ruin the attracting power of the oranges slices so I squeezed some of them and left the door open a bit this time. I checked back in an hour and again there were hundreds of fruit flies on the orange slices. I repeated the ghastly massacre. Within a day there were zero fruit flies in the house. 'Isolate and Destroy!'

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Puffin3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nice work!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I also inadvertently found a great way to attract all the gnats in the house simultaneously - leave kimchi uncovered and they come in drones driving me insane. Although I'm hoping that I was able to attract them all and kill them but we'll see.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ricepad

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also on rings that are too tight to get off. I know it was in the Greek movie, but at my high end jewelry store they also use that trick!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Puffin3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wait a min. So the orange went into the bathroom with you? I gotta check the rulebook on whether that was allowable. ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. I will say this once more. Then I quit. This works 100% of the time. Fill a clear rocks glass with cider vinegar. Dribble in two drops of dishwashing liquid, the kind you use at the sink. Cover the glass with tight fitting saran wrap. Poke 12 holes in the saran wrap. NO bigger than the thickest part of the toothpick, Watch what happens. Within five hours your problem is solved.You will not see another fly. Except the hundred or so in the glass. , .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mfbrooker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I agree with mfbrooker. This method has always worked for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Me too, and I use just vinegar, no dish detergent. Although I was really enjoying my zapper racket this season too....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mine just hover and laugh at me then dart at my face.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have a fly that's been doing that to me the last few days. His days are numbered! I just have to catch him sleeping.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I stalk them like a hawk, it's quite comical.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just killed him, he got tired and rested for a moment on the bookcase. Ha!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mfbrooker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I would only add- put some sugar or something sweet in with your recipe, mfbrooker. That will draw in anything that needs a little sweet with the sour. Sushi vinegar is the boss there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Thunder, this is 100% effective. Fill a rocks glass 1/2 full with apple cider vinegar. Add 4 drops of dishwashing liquid. Cover the glass tightly with saran wrap. Punch 8 holes with a toothpick. Make sure the holes are no larger than the thickest part of the toothpick. Place it by the problem. I promise you, the problem will be solved, overnight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And it partially works for me, but I still have a few who are dive-bombing my face when I sit on the couch. Three got squarshed last night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have my fingers crossed that it's too cold for them now. Last week it was a mess, I really am convinced it was the produce from H Mart. I brought it home in the morning and by the time I got back not even 4 hours later, the house was a fly paradise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mine seems to come from the local farm stands...one in particular I think. The produce is so good that I just put up with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I haven't been to H Mart since I realized the association, granted they are here when I don't go there but I think it's scarred me. Not that I won't go back but I'll tread carefully.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Humans can't see the eggs embedded in the skins of produce. Unfortunately, the less the produce has been bombarded with insecticides, the more bugs you'll have.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In a perfect world, I'd have one of those chambers that microbiology labs have, only smaller, with a combat-level vacuum exhaust and a big positive-pressure inlet. Let the buggers fly, then turn on the exhaust fan! Repeat as necessary. If somebody builds those and makes them for kitchen use, I want to hear about it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I tried it a couple of times and had no luck either but then noticed that they really liked lemon slices. I cut a lemon in half, dropped it into the jar along with the vinegar, and that did the job.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ennuisans

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My local farmer swears by rotten apples.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I can never figure out why this method is 100% effective for me, yet it won't work for a few others. You MUST use the cling wrap or this won't work. Yes, those little bugs can and will get through those little holes. Once in, they can't escape.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. The saran wrap with holes to cover the glass of vinegar did not work for me as the flies were not going in, but once I kept it uncovered, they gathered, most, and I massacred them with Windex, as suggested here, and they died instantly. For me, that was the most effective method. Attract them by using vinegar, orange or lemon slices, or fruits, and quietly approach them, and bomb them with Windex. It works.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: isafou7

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You have to make the holes big enough, despite their tiny size. Once they get in, they appear too stupid to get out again, no matter how big the openings. Then it takes them a few hours to actually fall to their doom.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This sounds like a "Twilight Zone" episode.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. And, definitely wash the fruits thoroughly, and put them in the refrigerator. they are born from them and will propagate withing minutes. It is impressive how they can do that. It is as if they remain in the eggs until food is available to them to be fed on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I found a suggestion here yesterday but cannot find it now!?Anyway, IT WORKED! take a "rocks" glass (wide mouth and short, not tall) and fill (close to the top) with apple cider vinegar and add two dribbles of dishwashing solution. Cover with plastic wrap, poke about 12 holes in the top with a wide end toothpick and set out. The author said in five hours it'll have attracted the flies. In 5 hrs, there were 10 flies and counting...they die almost immediately...I think the DW solution holds them, they can't fly and there also isn't enough room for them to fly around before they hit the top of the solution.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I had tried setting out the apple cider vinegar and other solutions but they fly in and then away. Then covered with wrap but they flew in and were attracted but spent days flying around inside the glass...couldn't get out but weren't dead either. This WORKED!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I was having problems every thing was clean but they were coming out of my pantry cupboard I thought they were hiding in the door when I sprayed but everytime I opened it they all came back at me. Fly spray was useless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I searched the cupboard to find them feeding in my squeeze top of the tomato sauce bottle,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I cleaned the lid so they have to walk into the bottle to eat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  every now and again I close the lid shake the bottle was wash the lid again I leave it on the bench to get them out of my cupboard this seems to be working.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Sassey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Finding the source is very important, you really have to lock everything up. I'd put the bottle of ketchup in the fridge for now, until they were definitely gone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Right now it's snowing outside though, and they have all bit the dust, at least for this year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I have a few glasses with apple cider vinegar, 2 drops of dishwashing liquid and cling wrapt tight around. Although I only poked holes with a toothpick. Are the holes too small? I can see fruit flies all over the cling wrap but none are falling inside the glass.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thank you

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Mlattouf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes the holes have to be sort of big, I use a ball point pen. I thought they'd escape but they are apparently not that smart.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Mlattouf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I use the tip of a round shish kebab skewer. This method works very well for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Mlattouf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I tried the cling wrap and got better results - more dead fruit flies - just leaving the jars uncovered. Even though I carefully wash with a vinear solution all fruit that stays on the countertop, I still have fruit flies. So I always have some fruit fly cocktail on the countertop. They love it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. You need to realize that you are bringing in the unhatched fruit flies on the fruit you buy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That lovely bowl of fruit on the table is a fruit fly hatchery.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This will help: Bring the fruit home in tightly closed plastic bags. DO NOT open them until you've filled your kitchen sink with cold water to which you've added the juice of a lemon.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Submerge each bag down into the water then open the bag/s.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Leave the fruit in the water for a couple of minutes. Remove and dry the fruit.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The acid from the lemon kills the larva.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Putting fruit in the fridge ruins the flavor/s. Leave the fruit out but cover it tightly with a clean cloth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. What I do is same as others do it only difference is after putting a fruit in a container I first moisten the plastic wrap with oil before tying it up on the container the flies stick to it. And another way is if you are like me that don't have patience to wait and you are frustrated and mad at these flies . Get a aluminum baking pan the wider the better, moisten the whole thing with oil then while the flies are flying just sway them with it like crazy and you will see them stick to the oil as you do this rinse the pan on the sink to wash away the ones trapped already then sway away again till they are all gone

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I learned by accident that before I throw things like banana peels in the compost bucket, rinse it off first. This doesn't eliminate them completely, but it cuts them WAY down. Now I just rinse everything before placing in the compost bucket.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. The easiest, cheapest and most effective bug trap people: Pour a little wine or balsamic vinegar in an empty rinsed and dried beer bottle. I find a little red wine works the best. Make a cone with paper made to fit the size of the opening of the bottle. Leave one small hole at the bottom of the cone. Tape the cone into the top of the bottle with the pointy side with the hole inside the bottle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Voila... bugs can't resist it. They get in and can't figure out how to get out. For a bad infestation put several of these out and they will be gone in a few weeks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You have to be sooooo vigilant though to prevent them in the first place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Truvia sweetener will kill them. It's like poison to them. Maybe leave some out in a cup or mix in some water with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Take a quart sized canning jar and put a couple tablespoons or so of some piece of 'aromatic well aged' fruit from the deepest corner of your frig... or a chunk of blackened banana... pineapple peelings work well too. Whatever you've got. Add a teaspoon of cider vinegar to the jar. Place a clean 4" diameter plastic funnel (that has a 1/4" opening) in the jar. Run a length of black electrical tape around to seal funnel to the jar rim. Set it next to your table fruit and the flies will walk down the funnel into the jar and will not be able to find their way out. Fill with hot water to kill every few days and reload the trap.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Note: Their eggs hatch in about a 3 day cycle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ** If you want to be more extreme... put your fresh ripening fruit inside a clean 1 gallon glass jar and stretch a piece of nylon stocking over the opening and secure with a rubber band. The flies won't be able to get to the fruit while it rippens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    'Rots' of luck.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Wazentme

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I may have posted this before. Anyway.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Before going to bed cut up an orange and put in on a saucer. Put the saucer in the bathroom sink uncovered. Turn the heat up a bit in the bathroom. Leave the light on. Leave the door open just an inch or so.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In the morning virtually every fruit fly in the house will have gone into the bathroom. They will be all over the orange/mirror/walls. Very carefully enter the bathroom and close the door. Use a squirt bottle of Windex. Blast the flies.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Do this a couple of times and you'll be rid of them.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      'Isolate the enemy then destroy'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I got mine at Ocean Lots for $5 or $6.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Works for me. This example uses red wine vinegar. Don't make the holes TOO small.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I think you should try a new product I found. Called Srills Fruit Fly Bully. I use it to wash the fruit I bring home from the market. It kills the eggs on the fruit so they dont hatch in my home. And if you spray the bugs they die really fast. Its totally non-toxic and actually natural edible ingredients... it saved my kitchen!!! I found it online at www.srills.com