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  1. #1
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    I hate fruit flies

    Grrrr. I have come to really hate fruit flies.

    It is common knowledge that certain foods are best kept unrefrigerated. Eg., tomatoes, onions, potatoes, avocados, bananas, etc. I normally keep them in open bowls on the kitchen counter.

    However, in the past few weeks, it seems that fruit flies have decided to make my kitchen their new home. I now constantly have a small swarm of fruit flies in that part of the kitchen.

    So I thought - Hmm. Maybe I didn't clean up enough and it's attracting these pests. So I emptied out the area and disinfected every surface, every crevice, every corner. AFAIK, the kitchen may as well be classified as pharmacologically sterile.

    Yet, the pesky pests still appear. What is the solution??

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    I would be interested in hearing the answer to this.

    I keep fresh fruit around, but I have yet to experience fruit flies here in Texas. Perhaps I am just lucky?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vito View Post
    Grrrr. I have come to really hate fruit flies.

    It is common knowledge that certain foods are best kept unrefrigerated. Eg., tomatoes, onions, potatoes, avocados, bananas, etc. I normally keep them in open bowls on the kitchen counter.

    However, in the past few weeks, it seems that fruit flies have decided to make my kitchen their new home. I now constantly have a small swarm of fruit flies in that part of the kitchen.

    So I thought - Hmm. Maybe I didn't clean up enough and it's attracting these pests. So I emptied out the area and disinfected every surface, every crevice, every corner. AFAIK, the kitchen may as well be classified as pharmacologically sterile.

    Yet, the pesky pests still appear. What is the solution??

    Vito
    Your not alone, try buying one of those electric flies racket and zap them away

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    Bah. I tried something I found on the Net:
    # After cleaning and removing ALL other attractants as above, put about 1" of apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar in the bottom of a glass. (Note: plain white vinegar will NOT work )
    # Add a couple of drops of liquid dish detergent or automatic DW rinse agent and swirl to dissolve.
    # Place glass in infested area overnight.
    # You will find many dead fruit flies in the morning.
    Didn't work at all. All it did was make my kitchen smell funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vito View Post
    Grrrr. I have come to really hate fruit flies.

    It is common knowledge that certain foods are best kept unrefrigerated. Eg., tomatoes, onions, potatoes, avocados, bananas, etc. I normally keep them in open bowls on the kitchen counter.

    However, in the past few weeks, it seems that fruit flies have decided to make my kitchen their new home. I now constantly have a small swarm of fruit flies in that part of the kitchen.

    So I thought - Hmm. Maybe I didn't clean up enough and it's attracting these pests. So I emptied out the area and disinfected every surface, every crevice, every corner. AFAIK, the kitchen may as well be classified as pharmacologically sterile.

    Yet, the pesky pests still appear. What is the solution??

    Vito
    Here you go:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000EJVYUC

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    Haha, very funny.

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    What is the solution??
    Those ultraviolet insect zappers really work.

    And get a cupboard with insect screen on its shutters. A cupboard with front glass shutters and sides or back with screen mesh should look quite nice.

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    I could try that.

    The part that gets me is - Why did this happen? For years, I have kept certain food out on the counter and have never had this problem. What has caused this to happen? What changed?

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    All you need is a can of deodorant and a lighter. The best fruit fly fighting weapon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vito View Post
    I could try that.

    The part that gets me is - Why did this happen? For years, I have kept certain food out on the counter and have never had this problem. What has caused this to happen? What changed?

    Vito
    The reason is that the flies are brought in with your fruit. Certain times of year or the vendor you or your grocery gets it from. Decent places.. Groceries and Restaurants have a staging area when all product is brought in. A UV light wiht a glue tray to catch them. They usually leave the product in the staging room for 12-24 hours then move it into a production area.

    Get your fruit from another location/store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by m_php View Post
    All you need is a can of deodorant and a lighter. The best fruit fly fighting weapon!
    And a good way to burn his face off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HivelocityJJ View Post
    And a good way to burn his face off.
    That would attract more flies.
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    Vito,

    I am very surprised the soap did not work for you. I had the same exact problem and I now swear by that method.

    Here's what I did:

    1. Get a few cups/rocks glasses, put maybe 2 fingers of apple cider vinegar in each one, then a little bit of dish soap and a little bit of water so it suds.
    2. Get a small piece of saran wrap and wrap it tightly around the top of the cup so it's as smooth as possible.
    3. Rubberband the wrap in place so it does not move.
    4. Take a fork and make a bunch of small holes in the top of the wrap. If it scrunches, just smooth it out again and put the rubberband back in place.

    Put the cups by your fruit, trash, etc.. and trust me, the next morning, you will have a ton of those flies in there. I probably killed around 50 of them in 3 days this way easily. You can also let the traps sit around for a week without a problem as the vinegar will keep attracting any new ones that hatch. Finally, they will all go away.
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