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Fruit Flies

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

How do you handle Fruit Flies at home ?

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Only the smart ones are doing it while they are still alive.

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Every smoker quits smoking sooner or later!

Only the smart ones are doing it while they are still alive.

Wer den Pfennig nicht ehrt,

Ist des Talers nicht wehrt !

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post #2 of 16

Small dishes of cider vinegar with a drop of dish detergent liquid. They're attracted to the scent of the cider vinegar, the dish soap breaks up the surface tension of the liquid so the bug sinks instead of landing on the meniscus. 

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post #3 of 16


find the source first

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Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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post #4 of 16

I don't leave fruit out on the counter.

post #5 of 16
Clean your drains, check houseplants
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 

I have kept  a bowl of fresh fruit on my Kitchen Counter for yeas and never had a problem  .Yes, I did see a fruit fly or two  a few times before ,but now they are all over my kitchen.

Every smoker quits smoking sooner or later!

Only the smart ones are doing it while they are still alive.

Wer den Pfennig nicht ehrt,

Ist des Talers nicht wehrt !

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Every smoker quits smoking sooner or later!

Only the smart ones are doing it while they are still alive.

Wer den Pfennig nicht ehrt,

Ist des Talers nicht wehrt !

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post #7 of 16
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Does it have to be Cider Vinegar ? or will regular Vinegar do ?

Every smoker quits smoking sooner or later!

Only the smart ones are doing it while they are still alive.

Wer den Pfennig nicht ehrt,

Ist des Talers nicht wehrt !

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Every smoker quits smoking sooner or later!

Only the smart ones are doing it while they are still alive.

Wer den Pfennig nicht ehrt,

Ist des Talers nicht wehrt !

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post #8 of 16

Yes, it needs the fruit odor that cider vinegar still has.  White vinegar hasn't worked for me. Haven't tried wine vinegar. 

Palace of the Brine -- "I hear the droning in the shrine of the sea monkeys." Saltair
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post #9 of 16
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I only have white vinegar at  the moment. I'll use half white vinegar and half cranberry juice and pray for it to work:peace:

Every smoker quits smoking sooner or later!

Only the smart ones are doing it while they are still alive.

Wer den Pfennig nicht ehrt,

Ist des Talers nicht wehrt !

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Every smoker quits smoking sooner or later!

Only the smart ones are doing it while they are still alive.

Wer den Pfennig nicht ehrt,

Ist des Talers nicht wehrt !

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post #10 of 16
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So far 8 fruit flies went skinny dipping in my Cranberry-vinegar bath I prepared for them.:bounce:

Every smoker quits smoking sooner or later!

Only the smart ones are doing it while they are still alive.

Wer den Pfennig nicht ehrt,

Ist des Talers nicht wehrt !

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Every smoker quits smoking sooner or later!

Only the smart ones are doing it while they are still alive.

Wer den Pfennig nicht ehrt,

Ist des Talers nicht wehrt !

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post #11 of 16

invest in a small Venus fly trap or 3 for the house. They work great. We've had ours for 5 years now I believe.  We're waiting for our to regenerate since the watering wick system we use became clogged with algae and it went dormant when the soil dried out. Just starting to get a couple new signs of growth so just in time too. I had an onion I bought that must've had a couple some how get in the bag on me and we've had a few extra show up in the last few days.

post #12 of 16

The tiny fruit flies can get thru typical window insect screens.

 

dcarch

post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 


Is a Venus fly trap able to get the Fruit flies ? They are extremely fast fliers, faster than house flies.

Every smoker quits smoking sooner or later!

Only the smart ones are doing it while they are still alive.

Wer den Pfennig nicht ehrt,

Ist des Talers nicht wehrt !

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Every smoker quits smoking sooner or later!

Only the smart ones are doing it while they are still alive.

Wer den Pfennig nicht ehrt,

Ist des Talers nicht wehrt !

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post #14 of 16
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Thank you PHATCH. The Vinegar-detergent mix seems to be working just fine

Every smoker quits smoking sooner or later!

Only the smart ones are doing it while they are still alive.

Wer den Pfennig nicht ehrt,

Ist des Talers nicht wehrt !

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Every smoker quits smoking sooner or later!

Only the smart ones are doing it while they are still alive.

Wer den Pfennig nicht ehrt,

Ist des Talers nicht wehrt !

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post #15 of 16

Thank MaryB. I learned it from her.

Palace of the Brine -- "I hear the droning in the shrine of the sea monkeys." Saltair
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post #16 of 16
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I have to change my comment from "seems to be" working to " IS "  working .

There are no fruit flies in my kitchen  this morning except of the dead ones at the bottom of the vinegar-cranberry juice-detergent mix this morning .

Does tis mix also work with the regular house fly ?

Every smoker quits smoking sooner or later!

Only the smart ones are doing it while they are still alive.

Wer den Pfennig nicht ehrt,

Ist des Talers nicht wehrt !

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Every smoker quits smoking sooner or later!

Only the smart ones are doing it while they are still alive.

Wer den Pfennig nicht ehrt,

Ist des Talers nicht wehrt !

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