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Gnats/Fruit Flys?? How to get rid of!???

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  • Gnats/Fruit Flys?? How to get rid of!???

    I usually keep a very clean kitchen, I don't leave food or dirty dishes out. I keep my counters wiped off and make sure the sink is generally tidy.

    This week I have fruit flys EVERYWHERE! I realized that the apple on the counter had a bit out of it (thanks CAT!) and I'm thinking that is why they all appeared....but now how do I get rid of them!?? I bleached all the surfaces in the kitchen to try and turn them off to any apple smell and got rid of it and took the trash out.

    What else can I do? I have house guests in 2 days and I will be super embarrassed if I have flys!
    Concordia means "Harmony" in Latin.
    Full Time Dressage Addict

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    I know this one!

    First of all, get your kitchen clean. Get all the fruit in the refrigerator, where the fruit flies can't get to it.

    Then, put some really strong-fruity-smelling fruit or juice in the bottom of a tall, narrow glass or vase. (I often put a bit of banana in some fruit juice.) Top this with a funnel -- a regular kitchen funnel. Make sure the funnel completely blocks off the top of the glass or vase.

    The fruit flies will fly down into the funnel to get at the juice, but they can't figure out how to fly out. They'll try to fly up, but the funnel is blocking their way. It never occurs to them to fly back through the funnel opening. Eventually, they will drown in the juice. Sad but effective.
    I have a Fjord! Life With Oden

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    • #3
      Here's what I do in the lab:

      get cheap beer or wine, the cheaper the better, Put about an inch in a wide mouthed jar. Make a paper funnel by rolling a sheet of paper and taping it (so they can go in but they can't get out) - not too narrow a bore.

      Change as needed. Cheap and efficient.

      Now, if anyone can in return share a recipe to get rid of %#%@!&^@&! horseflies...
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      • #4
        You guys are not doing this the fun way.

        First, get a bottle of wine. Red or white is fine.

        Second, Consume bottle of wine.

        Third, make several buzzed facebook posts.

        Fourth, pass out while leaving said bottle on the counter uncorked.

        Fifth, wake up in AM with headache, but fruit flies gone!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ruth0552 View Post
          You guys are not doing this the fun way.

          First, get a bottle of wine. Red or white is fine.

          Second, Consume bottle of wine.

          Third, make several buzzed facebook posts.

          Fourth, pass out while leaving said bottle on the counter uncorked.

          Fifth, wake up in AM with headache, but fruit flies gone!
          the NOT!! Spoiled!! Arabian Protectavest poster pony lives on in my heart

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            #6
            Originally posted by Ruth0552 View Post
            You guys are not doing this the fun way.

            First, get a bottle of wine. Red or white is fine.

            Second, Consume bottle of wine.

            Third, make several buzzed facebook posts.

            Fourth, pass out while leaving said bottle on the counter uncorked.

            Fifth, wake up in AM with headache, but fruit flies gone!

            My kind of girl! Hahah. Well, I just hosted the GMO meeting at my house tonight, so I have TWO empty wine bottles! Perfect!!
            Concordia means "Harmony" in Latin.
            Full Time Dressage Addict

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            • #7
              Take a small bowl, put in cider vinegar, cover tightly with saran wrap, poke small holes in the saran with a toothpick....fruit flies will enter, but cannot get back out. Works great!
              What you allow is what will continue.

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              • #8
                Is it possible that the fruit flys were brought into the house in the cat litter. I bought some cheap cat litter (the clump kind) and when I opened the container fruit flys came out. WTH??

                Anyway, I am getting ready to try the above to get rid of them. I thought I was the only one having this problem lately.

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                • #9
                  OMG! we have a terrible fruit fly problem right now, and just last night I noticed them...in the cat box.

                  How wierd is that??!! Why?! Why???

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                  • #10
                    No weirder than butterflies on horse and dog poop. See it everyday around here.

                    I have battled the fruit flies off and on for years, but the cute little gardeners supply fruitfly traps that sit on the counter are a godsend. They are not supposed to be reusable but all you have to do is flush them out and enlarge the entry hole slightly and coax some fresh vinegar into the container and you are good to go again--their's is merely a more sightly version of all the home remedies above. if you keep the traps topped up with cider vinegar and dump periodically you basically will never have more than a few survivors to swat no matter home many bananas get elderly in your home.

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                    • #11
                      I just checked the jar that has the apple cider vinegar in it and a small funnel and I have captured two fruit flys.

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