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Pesky fruit flies

thumper1thumper1 78865 replies3558 threads Senior Member
We seem to have an invasion of those pesky little tiny black fruit flies. We have washed and sorted all fruits and veggies and they are in the fridge.

What can I do to attract and kill off these pesky things?
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 42702 replies2301 threads Super Moderator
    Ugh, those things are annoying. We've had infestations in the past. A low point was when we took a weekend trip with one of D's friends from Germany - when we returned, there was a mass of fruit flies on the ceiling!

    You can google ideas. One thing that worked was to get a glass with some wine in the bottom. You put a baggie over the top with a rubber band to attach it to the glass. Then poke little holes in the baggie. The flies are attracted to the wine and can get in the holes, but for some reason they can't get back out.
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  • thumper1thumper1 78865 replies3558 threads Senior Member
    @MaineLonghorn I read you can do that with cider vinegar too...so I’m trying a small glass of that to see.
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 42702 replies2301 threads Super Moderator
    Yes, a lot of liquids would work. Good luck!
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  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers 3702 replies85 threads Senior Member
    A small fan keeping the air circulating over the fruit bowl helps.
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 42702 replies2301 threads Super Moderator
    But she said all veggies and fruit are in the fridge.
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  • Midwest67Midwest67 4296 replies15 threads Senior Member
    We use the paper funnel method and balsamic vinegar as bait.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmcQpyfS3oM
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  • showmom858showmom858 3250 replies16 threads Senior Member
    We use red wine and dish soap to kill fruit flies.
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  • SybyllaSybylla 5117 replies61 threads Senior Member
    And the vacuum helps. If you find them near the fruit bowl vacuum them up.
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  • momo2x2018momo2x2018 1258 replies90 threads Senior Member
    edited August 3
    I only wash fruit just before I consume it. In my house, if is in a fruit bowl or in the fridge, it is unwashed. Washing fruit before refrigerating it, may increase moisture, which may and speed up decay = magnet for fruit flies
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  • rockymtnhigh2rockymtnhigh2 499 replies6 threads Member
    edited August 3
    Red Cider vinegar and a little liquid dish soap- works for us. Put it in a cup near the offenders. And wait a day. It attracts them and then the surface tension from the soap keeps them in the cup. We had tried white vinegar but not effective.
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  • NJresNJres 6143 replies189 threads Senior Member
    We had success with cider vinegar with a clingwrap cover - holes poked in the cover.

    I think you are also supposed to check your sink drains because that is where they breed. Boiling water down the drain clears that up.
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  • thumper1thumper1 78865 replies3558 threads Senior Member
    I’m trying the cider vinegar one today. If that doesn’t work, I’ll do vinegar and dish soap
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  • conmamaconmama 5038 replies354 threads Senior Member
    I had an issue about 15 years ago and for the life of me I can’t remember what I put in the bowl (and covered with Saran Wrap). I had several bowls sitting out and it actually worked. But the bowl trick did the job.

    I know don’t put my fruit out rust away. I keep it tied in the bag for a day if I’m going to leave it out. (Like bananas).
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  • RockySoilRockySoil 252 replies2 threads Junior Member
    A couple hundred years ago, wine makers thought that fruit flies spontaneously generated out of thin air. They were not far off:)
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  • thumper1thumper1 78865 replies3558 threads Senior Member
    Well..I did the cider vinegar and covered with plastic wrap with holes. So far, I’ve trapped one fruit fly. BUT I haven’t seen any flying around my kitchen all day either. Weird.
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  • mathmommathmom 33321 replies163 threads Senior Member
    Fruit flies don't live long, so usually if you put the fruit in the fridge they dissipate pretty quickly. Those fly trap strips are very effective for regular house flies and those weird cluster flies.
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  • doschicosdoschicos 26935 replies270 threads Senior Member
    We have rented in RI every year for years during the summer. Many different homes. We almost always wind up having a fruit fly issue while there which we never have at home.

    We do the apple cider vinegar and dish soap trick and works like a charm, catching many, many fruit flies.

    Get several short, stout glasses. Put a couple tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and some dish soap in each glass. Fill with lukewarm water creating bubbles. Fill to the tippy top with liquid so the bubbles are hanging just above the surface of the rim. Place around the kitchen counters. The flies will be attracted to the smell and then will get stuck in the bubbles and drown. Seems to work best at night but works in the day as well. Cheap and effective.
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  • aMacMomaMacMom 324 replies4 threads Member
    We have a dozen citrus trees and fruit flies are inevitable during prime season. I've had a lot of success with the Terro apple shaped trap w/ bait (the one with the green top, not the multi hole version). Easy to inconspicuously tuck behind the citrus bowls and quickly gets the job done.
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  • thumper1thumper1 78865 replies3558 threads Senior Member
    @doschicos I have short squatty juice glasses. I’m going to try your way...hoping my cat isn’t interested!!
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  • chmcnmchmcnm 884 replies8 threads Member
    Cider vinegar in a little dessert dish. No cover. Takes a few days. You might have to add a little each day or just empty and start over.
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