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I have a bunch of fruit flys, how do I...

Posted by on Jul. 23, 2012 at 9:08 PM
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 get rid of the things!

by on Jul. 23, 2012 at 9:08 PM
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aquarianmom69
by on Jul. 23, 2012 at 9:58 PM
I have to hang fly strips in my house. I have them bad too
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turtle68
by Member on Jul. 23, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Get rid of the fruit...or wash them?

schultzal
by Bronze Member on Jul. 24, 2012 at 12:04 AM

Homemade Remedy #1- Apple Cider Vinegar Trap 
Besides getting rid of the basket of tomatoes (I made juice out of them), I searched my kitchen for any other food items sitting out that could attract fruit flies. Then, I made an inexpensive Apple Cider Vinegar Trap to get rid of them. Simply remove the metals lids off three or four empty baby food jars. Use a very small nail or brad and a tack hammer to poke several holes through the tops of the jar lids.

Next, fill each jar about half full with Apple Cider Vinegar- not White Vinegar. They'll only be attracted to the fruit smell of Apple Cider. Then, replace the lids and set the baby food jars around your kitchen.

What will happen is this: Since you've taken away their food supply and breeding grounds, the fruit flies will be searching for more. The vinegar will attract the fruit flies to the traps. They'll climb in through the holes located on the tops of the lids. Unable to get back out, the fruit flies will drown in the vinegar.

Once you have trapped a bunch of these flying pests in the baby food jars, simply remove the lids and dump the contents outside away from your house. Refill each jar with more Apple Cider Vinegar, put the lids back on, and set them out to trap more fruit flies.

Homemade Remedy #2- Wine Bottle Trap 
Since wines are made from fruit, fruit flies are also attracted to this alcoholic drink. To use this remedy, you'll need a few tall, near-empty wine bottles. An inch of wine in the bottom of each bottle works the best. Remove the lids or corks. Then, place some small pieces of plastic wrap over the opening of each bottle. Secure the plastic in place with rubber bands. Use a wooden toothpick to poke several small holes in the top of each wine bottle. Set these bottles around your kitchen to trap pesky little fruit flies.

Homemade Remedy #3 - Eradicate Fruit Flies From Your Kitchen Sinks 
Finally, if you have a problem with fruit flies in your kitchen sinks, use this homemade remedy to get rid of them: mix up an eighth of a cup of chlorine bleach OR household ammonia into a half gallon of tap water. Carefully pour this mixture into each sink drain- be careful not to splash it!- and allow it to sit undisturbed for a bit. The bleach or ammonia will help remove food particles and the smells that attract fruit flies.

danichaos
by on Jul. 24, 2012 at 12:18 AM
if you put baking soda in a tiny container, we used a ramekin, it keeps them away from the fruit…
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Shadow_Walker
by on Jul. 24, 2012 at 4:32 AM
if you have to have food out (like a fresh fruit bowl) place a table fan near the fruit.. Set to constantly blow at the fruit. They can't fly against the air to land on the fruit. Even if they try to get at the fruit by riding the current.. They can't get to it because the wind will be too strong for them to land. It'll help since they can't eat. You can also use a fan when preparing food so they don't try to attack food you're prepping. Also.. Avoid any fruity cleaners for a while (like lemon juice) because it will attract and feed them.
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Momof3smoochies
by on Jul. 24, 2012 at 4:34 AM
Apple cider vinegar
mrswilson10
by on Jul. 24, 2012 at 4:38 AM

Take a small bowl and fill it about half way with apple cider vinegar. Put one drop of dish soap in the vinegar. It breaks the surface tension so that when they fly in they cannot get back out. This works wonders and they will all be gone in 24-48 hours!

JoJoBean8
by Group Mod on Jul. 24, 2012 at 8:10 AM
I know for house flies a hanging.bag of water will keep them away but not sure if that works with fruit flies.
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Jenniy
by Member on Jul. 24, 2012 at 8:12 AM
Apple cider vinegar in a bottle with a few drops of dish soap floating on the surface
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Sarah725
by Group Mod - Sarah on Jul. 24, 2012 at 9:08 AM

 I'll have to try that ACV idea.

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