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Thread: Fruit Flys

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    Anyone know how to get rid of fruit flys once they get into your house? They are driving us nuts....We have put anything they would want away and opened the windows and we just cant get them to go somewhere else :shock: Help!!!!

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    i set out a small dish of vinegar, usually takes care of most, hate them what a nusience,good luck

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    My sister got Dad an electric fly swater for dads day! It lookes like a tenis racket and workes like a tiny pig zaper with wire mesh when he holds domn the button and swings zap goes the fly! (dad has horses and that was a realy helpful gift!) I have herd if you put a penny in a bag of water(sandwich) and pin it up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by saf45
    i set out a small dish of vinegar, usually takes care of most, hate them what a nusience,good luck
    Thank you - Headed to the kitchen now :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by shopella
    My sister got Dad an electric fly swater for dads day! It lookes like a tenis racket and workes like a tiny pig zaper with wire mesh when he holds domn the button and swings zap goes the fly! (dad has horses and that was a realy helpful gift!) I have herd if you put a penny in a bag of water(sandwich) and pin it up!
    Good idea, but with the boys who live in my house.....I see trouble....lol

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    Have not tried this, a friend says it works. Put a sweet liquid in a cup put a lid and place a straw thur lid, but not down into the liquid. The fies enter the straw to get to the sweet liquid. Flies then can't get out of the cup.

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    Get rid of the fruit! Well I mean keep it in the frige. ;-) If I leave fruit sitting out we get them too.

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    I use a jar of cider vinegar with plastic wrap on top, Poke hole in the plastic wrap, secure it with a rubber band, They go in and can't get out.

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    Have had fruit flies in the lab and they tend to travel home (what a pain). The best trap I have used so far is to set out a short glass with apple cider vinegar and place either a small spouted funnel on top (spout downward but not actually touching the vinegar) or you can make a paper cone with a small opening at the tip. The little flies are lured inside with the vinegar (apple cider does work best at least for me) and get inside but have a hard time getting out. Eventually they drown.

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    Thanks everyone.....The kids and I have set up at least 4 different traps.....Hopefully we will get them outta here soon :)

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    Let us know which works best. Bet the kids didn't expect science experiments this summer.

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    I don't leave the fruit or vegs. out anymore and put up those sticky hanging things. They look ugly but do the job. I think I went through a box o 2 last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lab fairy
    Have had fruit flies in the lab and they tend to travel home (what a pain). The best trap I have used so far is to set out a short glass with apple cider vinegar and place either a small spouted funnel on top (spout downward but not actually touching the vinegar) or you can make a paper cone with a small opening at the tip. The little flies are lured inside with the vinegar (apple cider does work best at least for me) and get inside but have a hard time getting out. Eventually they drown.
    Most gas stations like Casey's, America, Exxon, etc. have small paper cones (free) for putting oil in your car, would those work?

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    I need this! I have a few that are driving us nuts, and some fruits like peaches I just REFUSE to put in the fridge! They grow outside when it's warm, and the fridge does something to them.

    So....vinegar concoction....check! I'll let you know how it goes!

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    Put a ripe banana peel in a bread bag, and leave it open. They will go in the bag, so leave it open all night. Then seal bag and toss em. Takes several nights of doing this to get them all!

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    My Orkin guy told me to put a tablespoon full of bleach down every drain in the house, including the bathtub/shower drains & overflow holes on bathroom lavatories. This is where they breed. He said to put it down the drain before you go to bed at night, DO NOT run any water, until the next moring. This will wipe out their breeding gound. Try to avoid getting the bleach on the chrome parts, remove them, if possible.

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    I need to try these tips. I have the sticky ribbons but I'm trying the vinegar today.

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    cool idea

    Quote Originally Posted by CarrieAnne
    Put a ripe banana peel in a bread bag, and leave it open. They will go in the bag, so leave it open all night. Then seal bag and toss em. Takes several nights of doing this to get them all!

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    did you get rid of the flys yet?

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    I did the vinegar trick! It *sooooo* works! :D

    What I did is take a short (rocks) glass, put about 1/4 inch of apple cider vinegar in the bottom, covered with plastic wrap, then poked 5 or so holes with a ball point pen. The first day there was about a dozen in there. I changed the vinegar and then I went out of town, but DH said there was a few more in there, and I don't see any more buzzing around! This was seriously a lifesaver! I put the "trap" right next to the counter where I have a tray for tomatoes, and "warm" fruits like peaches and mangoes.

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    Vinegar always win. Whoever said you "catch more flies with honey than vinegar" never met these nasty little beggers did they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lab fairy
    Vinegar always win. Whoever said you "catch more flies with honey than vinegar" never met these nasty little beggers did they?
    I was thinking JUST that very thing as I was rinsing the glass! :lol:

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