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That's really weird! It's only with the resurrection of this thread that I realized we have had far fewer fruit flies in our house this year (hardly any). We do have a new cat which has been confined to quarters for the last two weeks to settle in, so the windows and doors have remained generally closed.
We've had hardly any this year either but I don't know why as our windows and doors have been open.

The normal horrible flies on the other hand have been very much in evidence this year.
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Old 25.08.2013, 12:36
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Re: How to avoid fruit flies???

And the little buggers always land on people rather than furniture. Annoying!
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Put some Apple cider vinegar and washing up liquid in a glass on your kitchen counter, by morning you will be fruit fly free! It needs to be changed every 2-3 days. I swear by this, I have it permanently in my kitchen all summer. Good luck!
This works, but the best way is to buy loads of cheap plastic sandwich bags and put ALL food scraps and waste in them and seal the bags before you throw them away. No smell, and nothing for fruit flies to feed on. It completely eliminates the problem.
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Old 25.08.2013, 13:02
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Re: How to avoid fruit flies???

Or, if you're more thrifty, you can take a few of the free plastic bags for weighing fruit and veg every time you go to the supermarket. I usually use this type of bag when I throw away packaging for meat and fish so it doesn't smell.
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Or, if you're more thrifty, you can take a few of the free plastic bags for weighing fruit and veg every time you go to the supermarket. I usually use this type of bag when I throw away packaging for meat and fish so it doesn't smell.
Thrifty about spending one franc for 120 bags? Erm, ok...
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Old 25.08.2013, 13:06
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Re: How to avoid fruit flies???

I never buy sandwich bags, but knowing what "cheap" usually means in Switzerland, I was expecting a higher price.
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I never buy sandwich bags, but knowing what "cheap" usually means in Switzerland, I was expecting a higher price.
Common sense would dictate a roll of sandwich bags are not going to be prohibitively expensive.
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Common sense would dictate a roll of sandwich bags are not going to be prohibitively expensive.
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Or, if you're more thrifty, you can take a few of the free plastic bags for weighing fruit and veg every time you go to the supermarket. I usually use this type of bag when I throw away packaging for meat and fish so it doesn't smell.
You mean those bags with the nice big holes that are meant to allow access for fruit flies but can also prevent toddlers from suffocating when pulling them over their heads?
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Old 25.08.2013, 15:52
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Re: How to avoid fruit flies???

I didn't know they were specially designed to facilitate fruit fly infestation!
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Re: How to avoid fruit flies???

I've never heard about the wine idea...I will try it out tonight!
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Re: How to avoid fruit flies???

Fill a small bottle (like an empty coke bottle), or I am currently using a coconut water small cardboard carton with some wine, a little piece of fruit, and water/ other fruit juices about 3/4 of the way. Cover the hole in the bottle tightly with saran wrap, and poke a few small holes in wrap above the whole with a toothpick. The flies are able to fly into the holes, but not out. Works great! Be sure to have a tight seal around the hole, and your poked holes aren't too big so the flies can't come back out. Maybe you will also have a new fermented cocktail on your hands.
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Fill a small bottle (like an empty coke bottle), or I am currently using a coconut water small cardboard carton with some wine, a little piece of fruit, and water/ other fruit juices about 3/4 of the way. Cover the hole in the bottle tightly with saran wrap, and poke a few small holes in wrap above the whole with a toothpick. The flies are able to fly into the holes, but not out. Works great! Be sure to have a tight seal around the hole, and your poked holes aren't too big so the flies can't come back out. Maybe you will also have a new fermented cocktail on your hands.
All you need is water, vinegar and washing up liquid... and it doesn't smell out the room or go rotten like if you use fruit.
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Re: How to avoid fruit flies???

I like the vinegar/wine solution but if there is a lot of them: Get those bastards with the vaccum cleaner pipe and then hoovered the welcome mat
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Put some Apple cider vinegar and washing up liquid in a glass on your kitchen counter, by morning you will be fruit fly free! It needs to be changed every 2-3 days. I swear by this, I have it permanently in my kitchen all summer. Good luck!
Thank you so much!!!! This works like a charm. Now if only there was such an easy trick for the black flies, though they seem to have a much shorter season.
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Re: How to avoid fruit flies???

You can buy this from DM in Germany:

http://www.dm.de/de_homepage/profiss...gen-falle.html

It is a small bottle of vinegar-based solution covered by piece of glued paper. The insects come for the vinegar and get stuck in the glue. Works like a charm
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Re: How to avoid fruit flies???

we have tried the wine trick and the fruit cocktail, all work.. but best so far has been Balsamic vinegar, it smells less than wine and they love it!

I will try the idea with detergent and vinegar too! Great ideas here! This pesky little things drive us nuts!
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Re: How to avoid fruit flies???

I think the detergent is there to break the surface tension, so when they touch down on the vinegar / wine, they sink and drown.
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