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Thread: Bait for fruit flies???

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    Can anyone tell me how to get rid of these pesky fruit flies that are over-running my kitchen now that I'm keeping fresh fruit around?

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    Put a couple of slices of banana into a small dish (I use a custard cup).
    Cover tightly with plastic wrap.
    Take a needle (as quilters we should have lots of these!), and puncture the top of the wrap several times with the needle.

    Fruit Flies go in thru the little holes ... and can't escape!

    Leave on back of counter and forget!

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    Use Heinz apple cider vinegar with a drop of dish soap We had a horrible infestation and within a few days all gone don't put anything over it it did not work Just use a glass.

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    They love a fruity sweet wine.

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    Does anyone know if this works for drain flies too?

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    I use banana peels in a bag too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltforme
    Use Heinz apple cider vinegar with a drop of dish soap We had a horrible infestation and within a few days all gone don't put anything over it it did not work Just use a glass.
    ditto !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltforme
    Use Heinz apple cider vinegar with a drop of dish soap We had a horrible infestation and within a few days all gone don't put anything over it it did not work Just use a glass.
    I must live in the wrong part of the country - this hasn't caught a thing!

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    For fruit flies:
    1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
    10 drops of dish soap
    Place in a small dish on your kitchen counter
    Put all fruit away. By morning most will have drown. Let set 2 days then toss. If you still have some make a new batch.

    For drain flies: Pour 1 quart bleach down drain. Let set 1 hour then flush with hot water.

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    I put beer in a shallow dish, cover it with plastic wrap, and put a few needle holes in the plastic wrap. The fruit flies go in through the holes to get at the beer and then can't get out. I get rid of them and they go off into the next life in a good mood!

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    you can minimize fruit flies by washing your fruit as soon as you bring it home, doesn't completely take care of the problem, but helps a lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by the casual quilter
    I put beer in a shallow dish, cover it with plastic wrap, and put a few needle holes in the plastic wrap. The fruit flies go in through the holes to get at the beer and then can't get out. I get rid of them and they go off into the next life in a good mood!
    And you are in a good mood, from drinking the rest of the beer!! :)

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    LOL! I did find the total answer to the fruit fly problem and it wasn't any of these "home remedies." None of them worked, but I bought a gadget from our local Ace Hardware and it got rid of them all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by the casual quilter
    I put beer in a shallow dish, cover it with plastic wrap, and put a few needle holes in the plastic wrap. The fruit flies go in through the holes to get at the beer and then can't get out. I get rid of them and they go off into the next life in a good mood!
    That is too funny. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by CircleSquare
    LOL! I did find the total answer to the fruit fly problem and it wasn't any of these "home remedies." None of them worked, but I bought a gadget from our local Ace Hardware and it got rid of them all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Okay, I'm in. Photo's and the name of your gadget please..
    :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    I don't know the name of it. The brand is HotShot. At the bottom it says "Contains Dichlorvos". It has no odor. I just put it on the back of my kitchen counter. Occasionally I find a dead fruit fly on the counter. I think you can buy a refil for it - not sure, because my husband bought it and unwrapped it when I was not home. It really works.
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    thanks will look for that gadget at the store

    Quote Originally Posted by CircleSquare
    LOL! I did find the total answer to the fruit fly problem and it wasn't any of these "home remedies." None of them worked, but I bought a gadget from our local Ace Hardware and it got rid of them all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I put an empty bottle on the counter with apple cider vinegar in it -then take a paper plate and form a funnel - tape it to the bottle so there's a good seal. Fruit flies get in but they can't get out.

    Might try beer next time - seems pretty humane to me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsb38327
    Quote Originally Posted by CircleSquare
    LOL! I did find the total answer to the fruit fly problem and it wasn't any of these "home remedies." None of them worked, but I bought a gadget from our local Ace Hardware and it got rid of them all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Okay, I'm in. Photo's and the name of your gadget please..
    :lol: :lol: :lol:
    We are going to have to put ours out- it holds some liquid in the bottom that you get in packets from them...

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    I remember seeing cut up fruit up on a shelf where the fruit for sale was at a local supermarket. I guess the idea was to make the flies go to the cut up fruit and it seemed to work. You just have keep it away from the "real fruit".

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