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fruit flies?

Hi, I was wondering how you get fruit flies? I have some in my house but there is no fruit in the house but then i found a moldy potato could that be whats causing them? i know thats gross but it was in the pantry and had no idea :(

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DilsMommy

Asked by DilsMommy at 5:20 PM on Jul. 21, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • Yep, any veg or fruit will attract them. If you get rid of the nasty potato, they should go away in a few hours.
    SleepingBeautee

    Answer by SleepingBeautee at 5:22 PM on Jul. 21, 2010

  • They usually are hidden in a package of fruit you may have brought home. They multiple in spoiled fruit like bananas.
    CafeMochaMom1

    Answer by CafeMochaMom1 at 5:23 PM on Jul. 21, 2010

  • One way they can get into the house is by being brought in on fruit and vegetables that are brought in from a grocery store or farmer's market. They can be attracted to fruit from outside. They can come in on contaminated potting soil. They like rotting vegetation as well as fruit and vegetables. Make sure you aren't seeing drain flies, they live on the gunk inside drains. They are bigger than fruit flies and don't fly around as much. The vinegar method works on fruit flies. Put some diluted vinegar in an empty soda bottle and the fruit flies are attracted to the vinegar and can't get out of the bottle. Or you can put some dishes of vinegar water around the house and try to pinpoint where the greatest concentration is.
    Bmat

    Answer by Bmat at 5:28 PM on Jul. 21, 2010

  • I looked up drain flies and i dont think thats them. The flies are super small more like nats.
    DilsMommy

    Comment by DilsMommy (original poster) at 5:59 PM on Jul. 21, 2010

  • take a small glass dish, put in a couple tablespoons each of vinegar and sugar. cover with plastic wrap, and poke the smallest holes you can manage with a fork. leave the dish where you see fruit flies. Within a couple of hours, they will start to go into the dish...
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 10:37 PM on Jul. 21, 2010

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