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PostSubject: Help Fruit-flies    Tue Nov 01, 2011 1:53 pm

For the past week I have been bombarded with fruit flies. I am not exactly sure what fruit or veggies they came in through, but I now need help getting rid of them.
Does anyone else have this problem,or perhaps wisdom on how to rid our home of them? Perhaps someone might know how to prevent them in the future. What fruits to avoid, or at least handle with utmost care to prevent them in the future?
Thank you all for your amazing knowledge. Y'all truly are the best!
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PostSubject: Re: Help Fruit-flies    Tue Nov 01, 2011 3:06 pm

Fruit flies can come in on any fruit, but tend to travel very easily on bananas and oranges.

The best way I have found to get rid of them is to put some apple cider vinegar in a small glass, then add some water and a drop or two of liquid dish soap. Set this on the counter for several days. It will attract and kill the fruit flies safely. ;)

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PostSubject: Re: Help Fruit-flies    Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:13 pm

Val, you would get the biggest laugh if you seen the way my daughter Ashley, has been trying to rid us of them! She took Passover wine and poured a little in a glass (yes, a wine glass! Ha!) and then places a layer of Glad Wrap over the top, secured by a rubber band. Then she pokes little holes in it so they are able to crawl inside. For some reason, they are too dumb to figure out how to get out.
last night she made me pick her up some window fly tape that she laid over the top, certain they would get stuck by the multitudes. I think she may have caught 10 between 2 glasses..lol. I guess they are not so dumb after all!
I am going to go try your remedy right now. I THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. I want to avoid using chemicals to eliminate them if at all possible.
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PostSubject: Re: Help Fruit-flies    Tue Nov 01, 2011 6:44 pm

While you're working on this, you have to clean everything every day. Trash out, drop pans, every day. Also, pour about 1/4 cup of bleach in the kitchen drain before you go to bed. They like to live in the ick that stays in that little bend in the pipe. Other thing, put all your fruit in the fridge. I had them for something like 2 months, and went insane trying to get rid of them. Now when I get them, I do this and it takes less than a week. Good luck!

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PostSubject: Re: Help Fruit-flies    Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:20 pm

i am so glad you asked this. i went to Florida a month ago, and i forgot to take my trash out when i left. i cam home 4 days later to a swarm lol.

It has been a long slow process of cleaning my apartment more often than normal and taking my trash out more often, cleaning out the catch try more often, and making sure i don't leave things out.

My apt maintenance guy suggested putting ice cubes in the garbage disposal to help clean it out.
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PostSubject: Re: Help Fruit-flies    Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:40 pm

Here's some more info as well:

http://www.diylife.com/2011/07/18/how-to-get-rid-of-fruit-flies/?icid=main%7Chtmlws-main-n%7Cdl8%7Csec1_lnk3%7C219818

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