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Old 29.09.2008, 19:48
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Re: How to avoid fruit flies???

Don't know where they came from but I ended up with a mini infestation of fruit flies this weekend

I would agree with everyone so far with the red wine tip. Whilst it is a travesty to use some of my beloved red wine to tempt the little *******s.... I now have a wine glass with around 15 dead fruit flies floating in it. There are maybe 3 or 4 still hovering around the glass but I'm sure they will succumb soon enough!
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Old 29.09.2008, 19:53
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Re: How to avoid fruit flies???

But did you ever get rid of the freeloading friends drinking the wine? If so, do tell...

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If you read my earlier posts i did this and it worked for me brilliant got rid of all my fruit flies

P.S I find red wine works the best.
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Old 30.09.2008, 10:41
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Re: How to avoid fruit flies???

Well, as an update to my infestation, I went to Bau and Hobby and got a fruit fly trap and four fly papers. My, our kitchen looks festive with those shiny streamers dangling. The trap thing doesn't seem very effective and the fly papers are without a single fly. Back to the electric bat for me.
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Re: How to avoid fruit flies???

These flies were living in our recycling in the basement. Try getting rid of all old wine and milk bottles and check your juicer - you may have left the tiniest bit of fruit inside

They also lived in the foam from a basket of flowers. I was waiting to recycle this. YUK!
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Re: How to avoid fruit flies???

Those are great ideas, yesterday I was reading a website which I found on here, it suggested that the fruit flies feed and breed on anything. I cleaned the kitchen from top to bottom using ajax liquid and diluted domestos. I doubted anything could survive that. Wrong. I threw away numerous things that had been knocking around half finished, biscuits, crisps etc. and put all the fruit into the fridge, emptied the compost compartment of the bin and washed that out with neat domestos. Still they exist.
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Old 30.09.2008, 12:16
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Those are great ideas, yesterday I was reading a website which I found on here, it suggested that the fruit flies feed and breed on anything. I cleaned the kitchen from top to bottom using ajax liquid and diluted domestos. I doubted anything could survive that. Wrong. I threw away numerous things that had been knocking around half finished, biscuits, crisps etc. and put all the fruit into the fridge, emptied the compost compartment of the bin and washed that out with neat domestos. Still they exist.
Like you I've done it all and added the red wine glass just in case but they couldn't have cared less. A week ago a friend told me they might be coming in from my garden as I almost always keep my kitchen window half open. I shut the window never to be opened again and lo and behold they’re gone.
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Our garbage is also kept closed under the sink so I don't I can do anything else with that.
These fruit flies don't live very long maybe a couple of days. You should concentrate on breaking their life cycle rather than trying to kill the flies. They lay their eggs on food, maggots hatch and these turn to puppets. Change your garbage bags frequently (this is where the maggots are) and clean the surrounding area (look for puppets) and you'll get rid of them within a few days.

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Old 30.09.2008, 12:37
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These fruit flies don't live very long maybe a couple of days. You should concentrate on breaking their life cycle rather than trying to kill the flies. They lay their eggs on food. These eggs develop to maggots and these maggots turn to puppets. Change your garbage bags frequently (this is where the maggots are) and clean the surrounding area (look for puppets) and you'll get rid of them within a few days.
Look for puppets?

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Well, as an update to my infestation, I went to Bau and Hobby and got a fruit fly trap and four fly papers. My, our kitchen looks festive with those shiny streamers dangling. The trap thing doesn't seem very effective and the fly papers are without a single fly. Back to the electric bat for me.
Beware if those "shiny streamers" are sticky, I found they are only good for attracting hair and the occasional beastie. Because you really cant hang 'em in the corner- flies congregate where we congregate (thus explaining my head-on collisions ).
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Look for puppets?
Sorry I was translating the german word "Puppe" as puppet as this is in German the same word.

I meant "pupa" or plural "pupae".
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Re: How to avoid fruit flies???

These little sods are the total focus of my life at the moment, I just picked up a paper carrier bag that I leave beside the freezer and use for recyclable stuff and POOF! a cloud of the little feckers flew out. Further investigation revealled a wine bottle and the pear juice bottle that I'd make my own trap out of. The homemade one didn't seem to be working yesterday but today it is nirvana for them.
Wish I could see 'puppets' much more interesting than pupae and easier to spot.
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Sorry I was translating the german word "Puppe" as puppet as this is in German the same word.

I meant "pupa" or plural "pupae".
Puppets was sweet (), but they are evil and scary like clowns and should be gotten rid of like flies, and their pupea.
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Old 30.09.2008, 12:58
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These little sods are the total focus of my life at the moment, I just picked up a paper carrier bag that I leave beside the freezer and use for recyclable stuff and POOF! a cloud of the little feckers flew out. Further investigation revealled a wine bottle and the pear juice bottle that I'd make my own trap out of. The homemade one didn't seem to be working yesterday but today it is nirvana for them.
Wish I could see 'puppets' much more interesting than pupae and easier to spot.
That's my problem....the feckers find my home made traps, dance around them but don't actually get trapped....as if they have a brain.....


Well, they are outsmarting me....


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Puppets was sweet (), but they are evil and scary like clowns and should be gotten rid of like flies, and their pupea.
And their pupae too...

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Re: How to avoid fruit flies???

I bought 10 Venus fly traps and 2 monkey cups (Kannenpflanz in German), from OBI in Waldshut-Tienegen last week (2.99 Euro each). You need to buy special soil to re-pot them, which is cheap and can be found under the table of the carniverous plant display.

Since I put these in my Wintergarden, I have seen far less fruit flies - I moved the fruit and rubbish bag near to the window ledge containing the plants to attract the flies.

Could it be a coincidence that summer is now over? However, half of the "traps" are shut, so they must have caught something - maybe spiders?

Apparently, I must buy maggots in Winter, to supplement their diet, as the fly supply will soon totally disappear. not a hobby for the squeamish!!
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These little sods are the total focus of my life at the moment, I just picked up a paper carrier bag that I leave beside the freezer and use for recyclable stuff and POOF! a cloud of the little feckers flew out. Further investigation revealled a wine bottle and the pear juice bottle that I'd make my own trap out of. The homemade one didn't seem to be working yesterday but today it is nirvana for them.
Wish I could see 'puppets' much more interesting than pupae and easier to spot.
Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a pear
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Re: How to avoid fruit flies???

The only way I've found to exterminate them was with vacuum cleaner and a lot of patience. And beating with one hand at same time shelves, frames, bottles, cupboard, oil bottles, and whatever stay on the kitchen, actually under the table.

And very important keep the garbage in the balcony while it is filling.

Once I was very very upset so I tried with a lighter and my axe deodorant and it was a sadist mess. Not recommended.

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Re: How to avoid fruit flies???

We had our share of fruit flies over the summer, but nothing we couldn't handle.
This past three mornings after a very cold night, I have gone out onto our balcony and found literally hundreds of dead fruit flies . The first day I swept them up thinking that was the end of the little beasties, then the next day there were more, and again today!
Where the **** are they all coming from? Is our balcony where all the fruit flies in Switzerland come to die?!
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We had our share of fruit flies over the summer, but nothing we couldn't handle.
This past three mornings after a very cold night, I have gone out onto our balcony and found literally hundreds of dead fruit flies . The first day I swept them up thinking that was the end of the little beasties, then the next day there were more, and again today!
Where the **** are they all coming from? Is our balcony where all the fruit flies in Switzerland come to die?!
Ah so that's where they've all gone to. We haven't had any for the past few days.
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Re: How to avoid fruit flies???

I inadvertantly conducted an experiment in fruit flies once.

It went like this......... A plate of food was placed in microwave oven, and inhabitants did not return to apartment for a few days (food forgotten).
On return, open microwave (in horror) to find seething food on plate - fruit flies en masse! (maggots too!)
Closed door, switched on microwave in attempt to kill the mass.
Flies not affected! Kept flying. Only maggots died.

Result? Dunno where they came from - Pupae must live in everything?
Same as the maggots that appeared in a piece of cooked chicken forgotten in normal oven (HOW did they get there?)
Will Fruit flies will be the last surviving life form on planet after atomic warfare explosions have wiped out every last living specie? Yes.

At the moment I have a small Tupperware container next to sink for compost stuff - it has a lid - if left too long before emptying - fruit flies emerge when opened. How did they get IN there? Dunno.
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