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?
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).
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.
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.
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!