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Fruit Flies...

Beat Bohemia

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How the hell do you get rid of these little buggers.... where do they come from? just moved into a new place.... love it... but every time I cook it feels like I am on safari.... oh wise tribe, please bless me with your knowledge.


thanks.

-matt
 

StarvinMarvin

TRIBE Member
fruit flies cannot be defeated you must move now or die!!!!!!!


FRUIT FLIES WILL RULE THE WORLD ONE DAY AND THERES NOT A GODDAMN THING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT!!!!
 

Derek4Real

TRIBE Member
did u check the sink??

common place for gnats ( often mistaken for fruit flies) to hide is in the sink. If that is the place.... just pour some ammonia or any crazy chemical cleaner down the sink.

or

if it's not a CRAZY CRAZY infestation in the kitchen....

you can try filing a big juice jug with a 1/4 jug of vinegar then add some dish soap and water.

fill it to the top making sure that theres tons of bubbles on top.

The flies will be attracted to the vinegar smell and get caught in the bubbles.
 
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solacevip

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Fill a small shot glass 1/2 booze - 1/2 lemon juice and add some sugar....

Fruit flies get attracted to the juice......get drunk....then die.
 

Phat Buddha

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http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Entomology/entfacts/struct/ef621.htm

If you have been seeing small flies or gnats in your kitchen, they're probably fruit flies. Fruit flies can be a problem year round, but are especially common during late summer/fall because they are attracted to ripened or fermenting fruits and vegetables.
Tomatoes, melons, squash, grapes and other perishable items brought in from the garden are often the cause of an infestation developing indoors. Fruit flies are also attracted to rotting bananas, potatoes, onions and other unrefrigerated produce purchased at the grocery store. This fact sheet will explain how infestations originate and how they can be prevented in your home or place of business.
Biology and Behavior

Fruit flies are common in homes, restaurants, supermarkets and wherever else food is allowed to rot and ferment. Adults are about 1/8 inch long and usually have red eyes. The front portion of the body is tan and the rear portion is black. Fruit flies lay their eggs near the surface of fermenting foods or other moist, organic materials. Upon emerging, the tiny larvae continue to feed near the surface of the fermenting mass. This surface-feeding characteristic of the larvae is significant in that damaged or over-ripened portions of fruits and vegetables can be cut away without having to discard the remainder for fear of retaining any developing larvae. The reproductive potential of fruit flies is enormous; given the opportunity, they will lay about 500 eggs. The entire lifecycle from egg to adult can be completed in about a week.

Fruit flies are especially attracted to ripened fruits and vegetables in the kitchen. But they also will breed in drains, garbage disposals, empty bottles and cans, trash containers, mops and cleaning rags. All that is needed for development is a moist film of fermenting material. Infestations can originate from over-ripened fruits or vegetables that were previously infested and brought into the home. The adults can also fly in from outside through inadequately screened windows and doors.

Fruit flies are primarily nuisance pests. However, they also have the potential to contaminate food with bacteria and other disease-producing organisms.
Prevention

The best way to avoid problems with fruit flies is to eliminate sources of attraction. Produce which has ripened should be eaten, discarded or refrigerated. Cracked or damaged portions of fruits and vegetables should be cut away and discarded in the event that eggs or larvae are present in the wounded area. A single rotting potato or onion forgotten at the back of a closet, or fruit juice spillage under a refrigerator can breed thousands of fruit flies. So can a recycling bin stored in the basement which is never emptied or cleaned.

People who can their own fruits and vegetables, or make wine, cider or beer should ensure that the containers are well sealed; otherwise, fruit flies will lay their eggs under the lid and the tiny larvae will enter the container upon hatching. Windows and doors should be equipped with tight-fitting (16 mesh) screens to help prevent adult fruit flies from entering from outdoors.
Eradication

Once a structure is infested with fruit flies, all potential breeding areas must be located and eliminated. Unless the breeding sites are removed or cleaned, the problem will continue no matter how often insecticides are applied to control the adults. Finding the source(s) of attraction and breeding can be very challenging and often will require much thought and persistence. Potential breeding sites which are inaccessible (e.g., garbage disposals and drains) can be inspected by taping a clear plastic food storage bag over the opening overnight. If flies are breeding in these areas, the adults will emerge and be caught in the bag.

After the source of attraction and breeding is eliminated, a pyrethrum-based, aerosol insecticide may be used to kill any remaining adult flies in the area.

A better approach, however, is to construct a trap by placing a paper funnel (rolled from a sheet of notebook paper) into a jar which is then baited with a few ounces of cider vinegar. Place the jar trap(s) wherever fruit flies are seen. This simple but effective trap will soon catch any remaining adult flies which can then be killed or released outdoors.
 
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Sunshyne Jones

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pour wine into a number of glasses, you don't need a lot of wine in each glass. cover the glass with saran wrap so it's sealed. tip the glass so wine (i think you could use fruit juice too) wets the saran wrap. then poke pin holes in the saran wrap. the fruit flies get attracted by the wine, land on the saran wrap, go thru the holes and die, drunk and happy, in the wine. we used this method in a new showroom that somehow got infested with fruit flies the day before their grand opening. they were all gone in time for the grand opening. it was crazy. so when i had fruit flies in an old apartment, i tried the same method, put 3 or 4 glasses around and captured the damn flies. it works. of course you also have to try and find where they're coming from, why they're there. do you have empty beer bottles around with little bits of beer in 'em? they seem to like those! always rinse out your beer bottles if you're goign to have 'em around a bit before you recycle or return 'em. that's just one possibility.
 

zoo

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Originally posted by Hal-9000
Do you leave beer empties indoors?
we battled fruit flies for a month in our kitchen, and i literally cleaned -everything- a billion times trying to find their place of residence, but could not

... until one day i thought "hey, what if they're living in the empty beer bottle pile?"

sure enough, fruit fly city!

got rid of the empties and most of the fruit flies; a few weeks later they entirely gone
 

dtox

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by Beat Bohemia
How the hell do you get rid of these little buggers.... where do they come from? just moved into a new place.... love it... but every time I cook it feels like I am on safari.... oh wise tribe, please bless me with your knowledge.


thanks.

-matt
use a fan I promise if you get a fan and have it blowing on the affected area constantly they will dissapear
 
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JOSHB

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Grow spiders to eat them, then grow bats to eat the spiders, then grow hawks to eat the bats, then grow alexds to train the falcon, then grow crappy threads to distract the alexd.
 

deevah

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Originally posted by JOSHB
Grow spiders to eat them, then grow bats to eat the spiders, then grow hawks to eat the bats, then grow alexds to train the falcon, then grow crappy threads to distract the alexd.
<3
 

Sinister Shadow

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Originally posted by Sunshyne Jones
pour wine into a number of glasses, you don't need a lot of wine in each glass. cover the glass with saran wrap so it's sealed. tip the glass so wine (i think you could use fruit juice too) wets the saran wrap. then poke pin holes in the saran wrap
Combine this with a cleaning of your sinks and drains and you'll be fruit fly free in no time. We just put a little cheap red wine in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and poke a few spots with a pencil (make sure it's big enough to let the flies in). Works every time.

Though it's not exactly fruit fly season ATM... so I'm guessing these may be knats, not fruit flies.
 
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