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Getting Rid of Fruit Flies

You just bought some bananas or other fresh fruit at the market recently. Now you are seeing tiny spots before your eyes. Your kitchen is enveloped in a haze of tiny flying bugs. You probably have fruit flies. This is a guide about getting rid of fruit flies.

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February 1, 2012 Flag
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We have tried everything to get rid of fruit flies. Any more ideas?

By Laura

February 2, 20120 found this helpful
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The above works fine but cover the jar with plastic wrap and poke a small hole. I just stuck it with my fingernail or a pencil. Bugs go in and are too stupid to get out.

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February 4, 20120 found this helpful
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If you still have them after trying everything, it means they are breeding in or very near your house because something is providing them the environment they need to reproduce.

You'll need to watch for where they are swarming from, and figure out...

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December 20, 2011 Flag
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This homemade video shows you how to make a simple but effective fruit fly trap.

March 25, 20160 found this helpful

Thank you for sharing this is what I need

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August 19, 2011 Flag
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Small vase and bowl of bananas on kitchen counterI choose a pretty small vase that I can leave on the counter. Place a piece of banana or apple inside the vase, and wrap the top with plastic wrap. Poke a couple of small holes in the top, and leave beside the fruit basket. The flies will be drawn to the fruit in the vase - they'll walk right in through the holes, but they won't walk out.

After you have caught numerous flies, you can hold the container under the tap, and put water through the holes. Turn the vase upside down and the flies will drown. You can then take off the plastic, clean, and redo. Good Luck.

By Sutle from North Vancouver, British Columbia

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September 22, 20130 found this helpful

Be careful when using fruit. When the fruit rots, the flies will lay eggs and maggots will begin to appear, beginning another cycle of life. DO NOT combine bleach with the rotten fruit (especially banana). A chemical reaction takes place causing foam to appear...

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March 13, 2011 Flag
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Photo of a fruit fly.Few things are more irritating than swarms of fruit flies hovering over the produce in your kitchen or pantry. Although primarily a nuisance, these tiny flies also have the potential to contaminate food with bacteria. Here are some quick, easy, and environmentally friendly tips for ridding your pantry and your produce of these unwelcome little pests.

Avoid Attracting Them

Fruit flies are attracted to all types of ripened fruits and vegetables. Not only do they feed on them, they also lay their eggs in them - up to 500 eggs in a lifetime (which from egg to adult lasts about 7 days). Although they prefer ripened fruits and vegetables, feeding and breeding can also take place in any type of moist, fermenting material. That includes things like sink drains, garbage disposals, empty beverage cans and wine bottles, and even damp mops heads, kitchen sponges, and dish rags.
The first step to getting rid of fruit flies is to remove the things they need to survive:

So How Did They Get In?

At times it may seem like a fruit fly magically appears the minute you set your wine glass down. So how do they get into your house in the first place? Most infestations in the home originate from one of two places: from previously infested fruits or vegetables brought home from the store, or from rips and tears in window and door screens.

Steer clear of over ripened or bruised fruits and vegetables at the grocery store. Keep windows and doors in good repair and fitted with 16 (count) mesh screens to help prevent adult fruit flies from getting in from the outdoors.

An Easy Fruit Fly Trap

After removing all potential sources for feeding and breeding, use this trap to take care of any remaining adult flies.
  1. Fill one or more small jars with 1 inch of beer, wine, or Apple Cider Vinegar (not white vinegar). This fermenting liquid is your "bait".

  2. Place a plastic sandwich bag over the mouth of the jar, so that one corner reaches down into the jar just above the "bait" (you're creating a funnel).

  3. Poke a small, 1/8 inch hole in the corner of the bag with the tip of a pencil.

  4. Secure the bag around the rim of the jar with a rubber band.

  5. Place the jars around your kitchen or near your problem plants. Since you've already taken away their food supply and breeding grounds, the fruit flies will be searching for more. The "bait" will attract the fruit flies to the traps. They'll enter through the hole in the bottom of the funnel, and not be able to get out.

March 21, 20110 found this helpful

I am trying the vinegar idea, but didn't use a plastic to make a funnel. I will use a small pudding cup and place a cling wrap over the top makeing a tunnel with the hole and then just cling the rest to the outside of the cup. Let's see if this works...

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August 16, 2010 Flag
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I have a great way to get rid of flies, Apple cider vinegar. Put about a cup in a glass jar, set it in the corner of the area where you have flies, and right before your very eyes the flies will be gone with the wind.

Source: Windy William Show

By stasia from Berkeley, CA

October 20, 20130 found this helpful

Using apple cider vinegar covering the bottom about 1/2 inch deep in cup/bowl and covering with plastic wrap and punching holes in the plastic wrap, making certain the plastic wrap is tight around the rim of the cup/bowl, the key here is to make holes with...

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October 5, 2006 Flag
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Fruit Flies! This will rid your house of them for good. I use it constantly.

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May 11, 2011 Flag
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What's the best way of getting rid of fruit flies? We use those sticky strips and we make sure to rinse out bottles and dishes containing sweets. Any suggestions?

By George F.

May 14, 20111 found this helpful
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Put your vinegar/soap solution in a narrow mouth bottle, like a soda bottle. You might want to drop an apple core or some banana peel in there, too. Then place a funnel in the top of the jar. The flies will enter through the funnel and eventually drown in the solution. Until they do, they will be trapped in the jar because they can't figure out how to get out the spout of the funnel since it isn't the highest point.

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May 13, 20110 found this helpful

I just saw on The DRS. TV show that a dab of vanilla on your neck makes them leave you alone. Might try putting some on a few cotton balls and place around where they are the most bothersome to see if that helps.

Let us know if that works too. Good...

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October 2, 2011 Flag
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I tried the fruit in a pretty vase and the red-wine vinegar traps that you so graciously shared. Thank you. Although they attracted a few, the hands-down winner was using actual red wine.

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June 21, 2007 Flag

If you are plagued by those pesky little fruit flies and do not want to use chemical sprays in your kitchen, try this. Pour grape juice or red wine in a small container - about 1/3 full, cover the top with plastic wrap and punch holes in it large enough for the flies to enter.

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July 11, 2012 Flag
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How do you get rid of fruit flies?

By Ruth C

July 14, 20120 found this helpful
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Fruit flies only have a life cycle of a couple of days. The trick in getting rid of them is to make sure you are not hatching out fresh ones all the time. Check garbage, recycle cans (they love to breed in the dregs of pop and juice cans), house plants, overripe fruit, etc. and get rid of all spots where they might be reproducing. I have tried the various traps, but I don't think they are very effective. If there is no where for the flies to reproduce, they will die out quickly.

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September 26, 20160 found this helpful

I use apple cider vinegar. A couple spoonfuls in one of the little plastic cups with a lid on that you get condiments in from the restaurant. I poke a few holes in the top with an ice pick or a heated small nail. The vinegar draws them in through the holes...

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