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Sep 15, 2013 09:49 PM

Fruit flies

I've never had a problem with fruit flies before this year. From talking to friends it seems that I'm not the only one that's having a problem here this year. Does anyone have an effective solution?

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  1. Well, I've offered to donate mine to my SIL's genetic research lab (where she mutates fruit flies) but mine aren't pure bread fruit flies.

    They have seemed worse this year. I go with a juice glass with 2 oz of white wine vinegar and 2 drops of dish soap. Refresh daily, and don't use the good stuff, but our flies don't care for cider vinegar or distilled. A glass in the locations they frequent seems to keep them at bay. I have one near the kitchen sink and one on the dining room table (moved if we are trying to appear respectable).

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    1. re: autumm

      What does this do? Makes them stick to the juice glass? Kills them? Prevents them from reproducing? Where do they go if they are kept at bay?

      1. re: Steve

        They drown in the glass, so I then dump the contents down the drain and refill the glass with fresh vinegar and soap. After a couple days I generally stop finding dead flies, so I put the glasses away until they reappear.

    2. Ditto and is a mini swarm!

      1. I don't leave any food or fruit out. And am fastidious about wiping the counters down with vinegar. I have both ants and fruit flies going nuts and swarming in the kitchen. I try to block of the path of the ants with baby powder, which works, but it is a mess to clean up...the flies, though...I just try and keep stuff out of their way.

        I don't like keeping all fruit in the fridge all the time, and I hated to put the figs I picked off the tree into the fridge, but I don't see any other way to keep the swarm off.

        1. good god. I work in a winery and sheesh. Awful, awful, awful problems this year. Especially out in the vineyards, and I've even heard the COAST is really bad this year too.

          1. We use a glass jar, such as a mason jar... Put pieces of fruit in the bottom (bananas and oranges seem to work best) then we make a "paper cone" where the can get into the jar and to the bottom of the fruit, but then they can't find a way back out.
            The cone may have to be taped to hold its shape, but it's very effective for us. We no longer see them flying around, but sure enough-there will be 4-5 everyday. Just dump em out-outside!

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            1. re: Uniongirl

              Does the paper cone go over the top of the jar? How do you rig it so they can't get out?

              1. re: Steve

                Tape the top if the cone to the top of the jar. It's not detailed in Uniongirl's post, but you have to leave a small hole in the bottom of the come for the flies to enter. We use wine instead of fruit in the winebar where I work. Seems to do the job well.