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Old 10-18-2006, 07:47 PM   #1
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We came back from being out of town for 5 days and found what I guess are fruit flies all over our kitchen!! We didn't leave any food out and emptyed the trash before we left so I don't know what attracted them. I've heard that vinegar or basil can get rid of them but I tried those and it didn't help. They're driving us crazy! What can we use that is nontoxic to get rid of them? TIA.
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Old 10-19-2006, 06:35 AM   #2
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Re: fruit flies?!

This is what I heard on another board - if it works or not
Leave out a little dish that has SUGARWATER, and a few drops of BLEACH and a few drops of DISH SOAP. The'll drink it and by the next day they'll all be dead.
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Also, if you don't want a dish with bleach sitting out, you can use Apple Cider Vinegar with one drop of dishsoap. They are attracted to the vinegar and the dishsoap makes them stick and drown..kind of gruesome but it does work.
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Old 10-19-2006, 06:53 AM   #3
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Re: fruit flies?! in above post...but realize it may take up to 7 days for them all to be gone.....but as long as you keep putting the dish out and killing them off....eventually there will be no more left....
we had this happen and its just really annoying , isn't it?
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Old 10-19-2006, 08:59 AM   #4
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Re: fruit flies?!

We've had a major fruit fly problem since the last batch of bananas (no more bananas in our house!!!!!). What I did was get a Ball jar, put about 1/2 inch of apple cider vinegar in the bottom, made a paper funnel that I put in the top, and left it on the counter. They get in but most of the time, they can't figure out how to get out and eventually drown. It's been a drastic improvement, though they're not all gone yet.

Also, make sure your garbage pail is covered and that the drains are clear in the kitchen. These are breeding grounds for them.

I hate fruit flies!!!!!
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Old 10-19-2006, 09:49 AM   #5
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We have an AWFUL fruit fly problem here, outside out window is an avocado tree. Heh. So, I'll be watching this thread.
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Old 10-19-2006, 10:17 AM   #6
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I don't hate fruit flies since I actually grow them inthe lab I work in. What we do to catch fruit flies that escape from the growing cages, is the same as described by prev. post. Take a jar (I usually pull one out of the recycling bin) and fill with an inch or two of Apple juice (Apple vinegar will also work it is the smell that attracts them). Make a paper funnel and place in mouth of bottle. The flies are attracted to the smell will crawl down the paper and will not be able to get out. ALso look for eggs. The eggs are visible will be tiny white -pale yellow. They usually lay eggs near the food source often laying eggs as they eat. Hope this helps.

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