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 Post subject: Help! Fruit flies!
PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 7:54 pm 
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I seem to have developed a fruit fly/gnat infestation in my kitchen.

I discovered this on Saturday when I came in and they were EVERYWHERE! I realized I had banana peels in my trash, so I cleaned up all the vegetable matter anywhere (sink drain, etc) and took out my trash. I've sprayed everything down with cleaning stuff, but yesterday night there was still tons of flies in my apartment and it really got in the way of trying to have a glass of wine last night. I assumed that by today they'd be gone--there is NOTHING out in my apartment (I took out the trash and haven't put anything new in and just AAAAHHHHHHHHH) but they are still here and there are SO MANY OF THEM.

What are your tried and true methods to clear out the fruit flies/gnats?

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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 8:05 pm 
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It sounds like you are doing all the right things to get rid of them. I think it just takes time at this point. Did you clean the trash can? Sometimes that can have residual effects.


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 Post subject: Re: Help! Fruit flies!
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Also check that any potted plants aren't overly damp or nasty.

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if they're fruit flies, and not the fungus gnats moon is talking about (sounds like fruit flies to me re: the banana peels) take an old empty spice jar with smallish holes in the shaker lid and put about 3/4 inch of wine, apple cider vinegar/other fermented fruit liquid in the bottom and put a tiny drop of dish soap in it. the soap reduces surface tension, and the lid keeps them from escaping. they drown, but maybe they drown happy? put the jar somewhere near where fruit used to be or near the sink drain (sometimes they lay eggs there too.) make sure to put it somewhere out of direct sunlight (less evaporation) and where you're unlikely to knock it over, since it doesn't have the solid cap on to keep from spilling.

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 Post subject: Re: Help! Fruit flies!
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http://animalrights.about.com/od/wildlife/ss/HomemadeFruitFlyTrap.htm


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 Post subject: Re: Help! Fruit flies!
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i generally don't think the cone works any better than holes in a flat lid. that's why the spice jar is so great. it's far less conspicuous.

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 Post subject: Re: Help! Fruit flies!
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fine... at least use spiced rum and brown sugar in the trap - for a proper bananas foster send-off ;)


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I set up a spice jar and it doesn't seem to be drowning any of the little guys (though many took nose dives into my wine last night) but it is catching a ton of them! This is awesome. I feel like my kitchen is less fly-filled already (though still pretty populated).

Thanks, PPK! You are genius, as always.

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did you put soap in there? (one drop should be enough, but if the surface tension is still there, i guess another is necessary.)

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 Post subject: Re: Help! Fruit flies!
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Someone on the PPK once upon a time said that fruit flies lay their eggs in sink drains and to pour some bleach down the drain to break the cycle. I'd been catching plenty of them in wine but they just kept coming and the bleach seemed to be the clincher.

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fruit flies are San Francisco's version of cicadas! Except instead of emerging every dozen years, they emerge two or three times a year. I always use the paper cone and a glass of either apple cider vinegar or beer. And yes to some bleach down the drain.

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Bleach! Very good. I did some white vinegar, because I knew about the drain, but I will have to get some bleach, because even after leaving the little wine traps out over night, there were still a good number flying about this morning.

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NOOOOO, don't pour bleach into the drain! That's super bad! Just boil a pot of water and pour that in instead. No need to use something super bad for the environment!
Repeat 1-2/week and you will probably never have a problem with clogged drains either :)


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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 2:03 pm 
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NOOOOO, don't pour bleach into the drain! That's super bad! Just boil a pot of water and pour that in instead. No need to use something super bad for the environment!
Repeat 1-2/week and you will probably never have a problem with clogged drains either :)


I like this idea! I will definitely do that. I poured a little hot water down last night because it was leftover from steaming veggies, but not even a cup. I will do that tonight, thanks!

That's why I tried vinegar--that's environmentally fine and I hear it's crazy good for cleaning and sanitizing things.

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but they like vinegar. :-)

you can do double duty and boil up some beans or pasta and use that water.

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